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The many faces of rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube -- How he went from ''Boyz n the Hood'' to ''Are we there yet?''

Before emerging as a family-friendly actor (four words: Are We There Yet?), Cube was one of hip-hop's most political figures (three words: ''F--- Tha Police''). On the eve of his first album in six years, the independently produced Laugh Now, Cry Later (June 6), we had the 36-year-old entertainer retrace his steps from rap rebel to Hollywood player—and back.

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON 1989
''N.W.A made it all right for artists pushing the envelope to be themselves: people like Marilyn Manson, Eminem, even South Park. ''

AMERIKKKA'S MOST WANTED 1990
''I couldn't get the best producer on the West Coast, Dr. Dre, so I used the best on the East Coast — the Bomb Squad.''

BOYZ N THE HOOD 1991
''The response the movie got at Cannes, the Oscars — it just made me say, 'You can do this.'''

FRIDAY 1995
''People probably don't know I co-wrote that. John Singleton said, 'If you can write a rap, you can write a movie.'''

THREE KINGS 1999
''Whenever you can hold your own with George Clooney on screen, it does a lot for your credibility.''

BARBERSHOP 2002
''That was a movie I wasn't sure I wanted to do. It wasn't very good until [the cast] put our twist on it.''

ARE WE THERE YET? 2005
''I try to do movies people can enjoy over and over. I have kids, so I relate to family movies.''

LAUGH NOW, CRY LATER 2006
''I had more fun on this record than any other in my career. Big companies put you on a conveyor-belt-type system. I don't have that baggage.''

Originally posted May 26, 2006 Published in issue #879 Jun 02, 2006 Order article reprints
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