Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. responds to the ‘Nepo Baby’ label: ‘I had to get my ass up and make it work’

O’Shea Jackson Jr. has joined the “Nepo Baby” discourse, saying his career is “in his hands.”

After that, a debate broke out about celebrity children and their privileges vulture published a comprehensive guide to the Hollywood “Nepo-Verse”.

Now the actor and rapper’s son Ice Cube has entered the chat, saddled both sides of the argument.

“My father told me that in a perfect world I would play him Direct from Compton. I was already in screenwriting college at USC,” Jackson Jr. wrote on Twitter. “I accepted the challenge. And auditioned for two years before I got the part.”

Jackson Jr. made his film debut portraying his father in the 2015 crime drama.

“After that, it was on me, he couldn’t hold my hand during my career,” he continued. “I had to get my ass off and make it work.”

Jackson Jr. further conceded, “None of this happens without my father’s love. The work he has put in to bring us to a place of opportunity.”

Expressing his gratitude, he further shared: “It would be foolish and disrespectful for me to ignore or not accept that and use it as a guide. I am grateful and apply his teachings daily.”

He warned others not to “let anyone tell you that you should feel bad or that your accomplishments are less than,” adding instead, “Blast your ass! do the work”!

“It’s not a shadow you’re coming out of! It’s an empire you’re growing into!” said Jackson Jr.

Jackson Jr, 32, is the eldest of Ice Cube’s four children (Darrell, 29, Shareef, 27, and Karima, 28) he shares with his wife Kimberly Woodruff. Their second daughter Deja died in 2020 at the age of 27.

Singer and actress Lily Allen (daughter of actor Keith Allen) recently said that those who work for law firms, banks and politics are the “real Nepo babies to worry about.”

Actress Zoë Kravitz (daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet) and model and musician Lourdes Leon (Madonna’s eldest daughter) have also defended themselves against the debate. Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. responds to the ‘Nepo Baby’ label: ‘I had to get my ass up and make it work’


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