Ice Cube is momumental for his contributions to the West Coast hip hop genre and went on to create movies as well. Within the last few years he has created a league for recently retired basketball players and not retired basketball players to play as well. He was very vocal about getting pushback from the NBA but now he is recieving an award and a award named after him and his movement. He is being honored by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame with the inaugural Ice Cube Impact Award. You can tell Ice Cube doesn't do things he doesn't want to do. He believes in going against the system and in doing so probably created one of the best rap albums made with the help of Public Enemy's production team the Bomb Squad.
In a statement, tIce Cube said: “The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Award named in my honor is truly remarkable, and words alone can’t express my gratitude for this recognition from such a prestigious organization.” “Having an award bearing my name only intensifies my commitment to advancing inclusivity and equal opportunity in sports, alongside my unwavering dedication to community activism.” The Naismith Hall of Fame will keep the Ice Cube Impact Award in its museum and honor subsequent award winners each year.President of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame said: “Ice Cube’s unquestionable passion for the game and his desire to see it utilized as a catalyst for positive impact on communities are unwavering. His sphere of influence in both the entertainment industry and in the professional sports arena brings remarkable authenticity and value to this award.” “We are delighted to join hands with Ice Cube as he leverages his love of the game to inspire others. The Ice Cube Impact Award will stand as a testament to the power of basketball and the profound impact it can have on communities worldwide.” The Ice Cube Impact Award will be presented to Ice Cube at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15, 2024) in Springfield, Massachusetts.