It's really hard to become world famous for even one thing, so it feels like the universe is playing favorites when someone gets to be amazing in two completely unrelated fields. It just wouldn't be fair if Rihanna turned out to be a renowned chef, or if Benedict Cumberbatch could translate his height and neck-length into being the world's greatest giraffe impersonator.
But there are those who can become masters of all trades, making the rest of us look like a bunch of underachieving jackoffs. People like ...
6Ice Cube Is A Secret Architecture Savant
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As one of the founding members of N.W.A., Ice Cube has enough street cred he doesn't even need to build four houses to put down a hotel. And that's not just a sweet Monopoly-based hype, either, because Ice Cube could actually build those houses for you.
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"I'll tear the roof off and design you a better one."
Before returning to Compton to revolutionize the rap game, Ice was melting away at the Phoenix Institute of Technology, studying architectural drafting. Architectural drafting, the art of figuring out angles, taught Ice that "everything starts with a plan." He credits this mentality of thinking ahead for his uncanny ability as an artist to jump from one great opportunity to the next -- like breaking up his crew to advance his rap game or getting hit in the crotch by a giant ax for a producer's credit. Figuring out the big picture has helped Ice immensely in becoming a superstar, but just because he was done with the architecture game didn't mean that the architecture game was done with him.
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You don't fuck with architects; they'll bury you in a perfectly level foundation.
Los Angeles, despite its reputation as a sleeping smog monster, has some real beauty hidden around town, and we're not just talking about the street where Chris Evans' butt lives. In 2011, during a citywide exhibition of post-war artistry, The Getty wanted an L.A. native to celebrate its most iconic buildings. They looked no further than Ice Cube, who became their resident expert on Charles and Ray Eames, Hollywood architectural design legends. In the promo for the exhibit, Ice walks through one of the Eames buildings, explaining their iconic design choices with the ease of a tenured professor. "The Eames made structure and nature one," Professor Cube muses, adding: "This is going green 1949-style, bitch." If Ice Cube was in a classroom, everyone would be sitting on their chairs backwards.
"Michelle Pfeiffer ain't got shit on me."
5Willie Nelson Is A Martial Arts Master
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There's a long and proud history of musicians getting into martial arts because they think they look good in a kimono: Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, even Frank Sinatra pretended he knew karate for that one movie. But in this pantheon of energetic music gods, the guy who could kick all of their asses is the laid-back, weed-smokin', country-singing octogenarian Willie Nelson.
And he wouldn't even break a sweat. Case in point:
"The 'Red Headed Stranger' came from all the opponents' blood
I'd have to wash out of my hair."
That's Nelson, at the tenderfoot age of 81, right around the time he got another black belt in the art of Gongkwon Yusul. In fact, "Shotgun Willie" has been hitting the mats for over half a century now, with several black belts to prove it. Back in the '60s, when he was a young up-and-comer in Nashville, Nelson got into Kung Fu -- which is a handy skill to have for anyone who's in charge of entertaining a bunch of drunken rednecks. But as his career picked up, Nelson let the fighting go for a little while. He returned to kicking people in the face in his 60s, when he enrolled his entire family in Taekwondo classes. Just like a dad, he got into it way more than his kids did, and when they dropped out after moving to Hawaii, Nelson kept at it. Hard.
Making him the most focused pothead in recorded history.
For over 20 years now, Nelson and Taekwondo master Sam Um have been training together, and have become the best of friends. Why best? Because a good friend would read your low-budget martial arts screenplay, but best friends will pay for and star in that junk. Nelson does owe a lot of his killer moves to Master Um. When Gongkwon Yusul, a Korean variant of Taekwondo, became a thing in 1996, Um was one of its first trainers stateside, and he gracefully accepted Nelson's pupilage. Initially, he was afraid to train Nelson, who was far older than any of his other pupils, but the country star had the kind of determination and underdog spirit you usually only find inside of a Karate Kid movie. To this day, Nelson trains almost every free moment that he has, even sending his tutor videos of him training when he's on tour. This dedication earned him a fifth-degree black belt in 2014 -- which means he now outranks even his former master, and he didn't even have to pull the guy's heart out or anything.
He'd later put those papers to good use.
One day, a scorned young woman will climb a thousand steps, hoping to train with the venerable grand master atop the hill. And when she reaches that top, she will find Willie Nelson, and he'll be high as balls.