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."