Like his namesake, Ice Cube’s film persona is typically composed of a single ingredient. The angry tone he adopted in pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A. made him a natural for his first movie role, as a Crip in Boyz n the Hood, and the string of stereotypical roles that followed. An early cameo in CB4, which parodied N.W.A., showed that Ice Cube (born O’Shea Jackson) could have fun with the stereotype, and he later struck comic gold by donning that angry persona, unchanged, as cops in the Ride Along and Jump Street series. Even when he goes a little mellow, like in his popular Barbershop franchise—The Next Cut comes out April 15—Ice Cube just makes movies cooler.