150 Pop Stars' Real Names
O'SHEA JACKSON (a.k.a. Ice Cube)

Ice Cube recently sat down with Billboard.com to chat about his latest project, "I Am The West," gangster rap, being an independent artist now and the legendary N.W.A.

Video: Ice Cube talks new album, gangster rap, N.W.A.

"NWA, for better or for worse, opened up all of pop art -- not just music, but everybody now feels they can be themselves," Cube said of the group's legacy. "No one has to put on a facade, change who they are to be famous. You can do it how you feel it." Take that, Lady Gaga.

(Interview done by Gail Mitchell, L.A.)