O'Shea Jackson Jr. is grateful.
O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ice Cube's son is once again expressing that he is very grateful for the opportunities he has got because of his father but did not fail to mention that calling him 'Nepo Baby' is disrespectful to his father.
During a recent episode on The Kelly Clarkson Show, O'Shea Jackson Jr. stated that he is extremely thankful for every hardship his father went through to give him the prospects that he has, noting that should he decide to run away or shy away from it in any way, that would be considered disrespectful of everything that his father had to go through. Ice Cube's son continued by claiming that his father did not work as hard as he did because he did not accept and appreciate it.
O'Shea has had numerous roles, including roles in the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries in 2022, Just Mercy in 2019, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019. He also played his father in the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton in 2015. Ice Cube rose to prominence alongside Eazy-E and Dr. Dre in the group N.W.A after the official launch of their seminal 1998 album Straight Outta Compton. He then had a strong solo career, with hits like "It Was A Good Day" in 1992 and "You Know How We Do It" in 1993, as well as five platinum albums and one platinum EP. He's also had an outstanding film career that just keeps on giving. Ice Cube's most successful films include Next Friday in 2000 and Ride Along in 2014.
During the interview, he stated that many people, when they see him, naturally say, 'Hey, you're Ice Cube's son,' and he responds that they're damn right, adding that that's his hero 100 percent. That's his trainer. The door can be opened at the same time, but someone has to walk through it adding that he takes his inspiration from Kobe Bryant who told him once that his parents would never want their kids to go through a tough time but he has to pick himself up, grind and make it work.
O'Shea Jackson Jr. told Kelly Clarkson that he has a lot of people who have an idea of what he is going to be before he even gets to the set because of their perception of his father. O'Shea went on to say that people believe he's trying to set feeling given access, or that he needs a posse of 15-20 people with him, straight rap stuff. But he's here to work, and he's glad of himself and his professional competence. Rather than feeling embarrassed by the label, the Ingrid Goes West star wears it as a "badge of honor," as he calls it proudly repping his father's name.
This isn't the first time O'Shea has spoken out about the "nepo baby" scandal, which began when New York Magazine published a cover story about nepotism in Hollywood, featuring Dakota Johnson, John David Washington, Jack Quaid, Maude Apatow, Lily-Rose Depp, Ben Platt, Maya Hawke, and Zoe Kravitz. O'Shea responded to the article on Twitter shortly after it was published.
O'Shea wrote on Twitter at the time that his father told him that in an ideal world, he would play him in 'Straight Outta Compton,' and he accepted the challenge. O'Shea stated that he worked hard and auditioned for the role for two years before landing it; after that, it was up to him; his father couldn't hold his hand throughout his career. The tweet went on to say that he needed to get his a$$ up and make it work as it was up to him to walk through the door and thrive once it was opened.
But the actor was aware that he needed to thank his father because none of that was true. NONE OF THAT would have happened if his father hadn't loved him. People who want to succeed and thrive, according to O'Shea, should bust their asses, do the work, and leave something for their children to do the same! It is not a shadow from which they must emerge; it is an empire that they are expanding!