Ice Cube’s Son O’Shea Jackson Jr. Wants Nepotism Babies To ‘Embrace’ Where They Come From: Do Not Let Anyone Get It In Your Head That You Should Feel Bad

O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ice Cube

Ice Cube’s Son O’Shea Jackson Jr. Wants Nepotism Babies To ‘Embrace’ Where They Come From: Do Not Let Anyone Get It In Your Head That You Should Feel Bad

O’Shea Jackson Jr. is the son of a hip-hop legend, and he isn’t ashamed of that!

In 2015 the world got to watch O’Shea Jackson Jr., 31, make his acting debut in the box office hit “Straight Outta Compton.” The actor portrayed his own father Ice Cube, 53, in the movie that centers around the highs and lows of the hip-hop group N.W.A and its members Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, 57, MC Ren, 53, and DJ Yella, 55. On Tuesday (Dec. 20) O’Shea Jackson Jr. took to Twitter to reflect on how he landed the role and to give his dad his flowers for paving the way for his career.

In his first tweet, O’Shea shared,

“My dad told me in a perfect world, I would play him in straight outta compton. I was already in college for screenwriting at USC. I accepted the challenge. And auditioned for two years before getting the role. After that it was up to me, he couldn’t hold my hand through my career.”

He continued and noted that his dad may have helped him get into the entertainment industry, but he had to make sure he was putting in the work needed to stay there as well.

“I had to get my *ss up and make it work. From the roles I chose. The work ethic I put into them. My professionalism on sets and promo tours. Even leaving HIS agency and goin to find a team of my own. Once the door was opened it was up to me to walk through it and thrive.”

He then tweeted,

“But none of that. NONE. OF. THAT. Happens that way without the love of my father. The work he put in to get us to a place of opportunity. And for me to ignore that or not accept and use as a guide would be foolish and disrespectful. I am grateful and I use his teachings daily.”

He added,

“I say this to say. To the people who are 2nd, 3rd or any number of generational talent/wealth. Embrace that sh*t. Because it’s something that’s been happening for centuries. Do not let anyone get it in your head that you should feel bad or your accomplishments are less than…”

“…what they are. Bust your *ss! Do the work! And leave something for your kids to do the same thing! It is not a shadow for you to get out of! It is an empire to which you are growing!
But it all starts with love of yourself. Love of those before you. A strong mind & WORK”


The “Long Shot” actor continued and urged his fans to work hard so they can leave a legacy for their families and the generations that come behind them.

“I wish everyone in this world to be able to present opportunities for their children to succeed. No matter how big or small. It’s something all parents work for. How many people you know working multiple jobs to put they kids through school. Making opportunities is a parents goal”

He added,

“Family first. May everyone who reads this, blaze a trail for their family to be able to walk in the future. And teach them to love themselves. To love their family. And pave the way for the next.

Thank you that was my TED talk.”

Following “Straight Outta Compton” O’Shea has gone on to star in numerous projects, including “Ingrid Goes West” (2017), “Den of Thieves” (2018), and “Just Mercy” (2019). According to reports, his latest film, “Cocaine Bear,” is currently in post-production and is set to be released in 2023.

O’Shea Jackson Jr.

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Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel