O’Shea Jackson Jr. is an American actor and rapper. O’Shea is the son of famous rapper Ice Cube and is best known to the public by portraying his father in the 2015 biopic “Straight Outta Compton”. He is also known by his stage name OMG (Oh My Goodness) as an aspiring rapper.
What is O’Shea Jackson Jr’s Net Worth?
Reportedly, he has a net worth of more than $100 million.
Early life – How Old is O’Shea Jackson Jr.?
O’Shea Jackson Jr was born on February 24th, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, to O’Shea Jackson, better known as Ice Cube, and Kimberly Woodruff. On February 24th in 2017, he will be 25 years old. He was born two years after his father left the iconic N.W.A. and the same year that Dr. Dre left the group.
O’Shea comes from a relatively big family, having two brothers and a sister. He has one older brother, Darrell (born 1986), as well as a younger brother named Shareef (born 2000) and a younger sister named Kareema (born 1994). Jackson was raised in the San Fernando Valley, together with the rest of his family resides.
His older brother Darrell is also a rapper, performing under the moniker Doughboy. He took the name from his father’s first film “Boyz n the Hood”, which is the nickname of the character Darin “Doughboy” Baker his father portrayed.
O’Shea Jackson Jr. attended William Howard Taft High School, located in Woodland Hills, California. Interestingly, he attended the same school as his father. O’Shea Jackson Jr. graduated in the year 2009 and moved on to get a college degree. He enrolled into the University of Southern California, where he studied screenwriting and subsequently graduated.
O’Shea Jackson Jr. got his first start in the show business as a rapper, featuring as a guest on his father’s album “I am the West” in 2010. Together with his brother Darrell, he featured on the songs “She Couldn’t Make It On Her Own” and “Y’all Know How I Am”.
Once he got the taste of the music industry, O’Shea Jackson Jr. decided to pursue the music career more intensely. He assumed the name OMG and released his first mixtape named “Jackin’ for Beats” through the Internet in March 2012. The 10-track mixtape was hosted by DJ Crazy Toones, the official DJ for Ice Cube and garnered favorable reviews, offering a promising start to a rookie rapper. The title of the mixtape has the same name as an Ice Cube song that originally appeared on his 1990 EP, “Kill At Will”.
After a short break from recording, O’Shea Jackson Jr. followed up with two singles in two years. In 2014, he released the single “OMG”, followed by “Ain’t No Place” in 2015, both produced by Foreign Allegiance. O’Shea Jackson Jr. appeared in Pia Mia’s music video for her song “Touch the same year. He also made another appearance, this time in American hip hop duo Twenty88’s music video “Out of Love,” promoting their self-titled debut record.
However, his big break came once again thanks to his father. In June 2014, it was announced that he had been chosen to portray his father, Ice Cube, in “Straight Outta Compton”, a biographical film about rap pioneers N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes). He endured the two-year audition process thanks to his uncanny resemblance to his father, but also to perfectly imitating his mannerisms and expressions.
The movie captures the life of N.W.A., the group often credited with the start of gangster rap and warning labels on album covers due to the nature of provocative and inflammatory lyrics. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the founding members of the group, acted as the film’s producers.
The biopic was released on August 14, 2015, to positive reviews. O’Shea Jackson Jr. is noted by many critics for his physical resemblance to his father. The role brought him several nominations and awards, including the nomination for best actor at the BET Awards and an award for best ensemble, shared together with his cast members.
What’s he doing now
O’Shea Jackson Jr. is following his breakthrough performance by starring in “Ingrid Goes West”, a comedy-drama slated for an early 2017 release. O’Shea plays a supporting role in the movie along with Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. The movie will premiere in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. O’Shea Jackson Jr. seems to be focusing on his acting career rather than his rapping. He’s been quiet on the music scene but with such a promising Hollywood career ahead, no one can blame him.
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