There’s no question Ice Cube’s music has lost a step. But, because the veteran of South Central LA and gangsta rap originator has solidified such a sturdy foundation beneath the brand he created over two decades ago, his name and associated clout never will. Between his production company and publishing rights alone, Cube is a one-man powerhouse.
Seeing as how all successful businesses have Public Relations departments, it should come as no surprise that the mind behind the Friday franchise does everything he can to extend some of his good fortune to those in need. The latest outreach finds O’Shea partnering with RareInk to create an autographed art program for fans, with proceeds benefiting the Minority AIDS Program.
“Expanding the interaction with fans of my music by offering limited edition, signed artwork that they are able to share and enjoy with their friends and family is something I feel my fans deserve,” said Ice Cube, who in addition to being the RareInk’s first artist will serve as the company’s strategic advisor. “With RareInk, music fans now have an online destination for unique, autographed art that they know is real. Not only does RareInk create amazing pieces of art that bring my albums and songs to life but a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Minority AIDS Project, an organization I have worked with over the past two decades.”
Ice Cube’s first series of artwork will be released on Wednesday, June 22nd at 10:00 A.M. PDT; it is comprised of nine pieces available in limited edition runs of seventy-five to two hundred and fifty. The editions will be sold exclusively on RareInk.com and feature fine art quality prints of iconic photography, album covers, and original pieces. Highlights include original artist reinterpretations of Ice Cube’s classic ‘Amerikkka’s Most Wanted’ and ‘The Predator’ album covers as well as a mural- themed piece based on his classic ‘It Was A Good Day’ video. Each piece is hand signed by Ice Cube, with two of the editions also including his handprint, which he dipped in paint and applied to each print.
If the idea alone wasn’t cool enough, these limited-edition pieces are obviously unbelievably well-done and should have no problem selling. If you agree and would like more information on how to both help a good cause and redecorate your man-cave, head over to RareInk’s website and check out the entire selection.