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*Ice Cube said he never could’ve imagined that his career would expand behind the confines of rap music.

Since blowing up with NWA and launching an iconic solo career, the 44-year-old South Central native, born O’Shea Jackson, has become a bankable Hollywood star both in front of and behind the camera. His latest film “Ride Along” not only broke box office records for an MLK weekend opening, but also made a huge dent overseas, where films with predominantly black casts usually fail to gain traction.

“I always tell people if you gave me a pen and a piece of paper when I was a teenager and said write out your career and how you want it to go, I would’ve probably short-changed myself compared to what it’s been,” Cube told us during interviews for “Ride Along.”

He returns to theaters in June for “22 Jump Street,” and although next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the first “Friday” movie, Cube says don’t expect the release of a long-requested reunion sequel with Chris Tucker to mark the occasion.

“It’s in development hell over at New Line,” he revealed. “New Line and Time Warner gotta get their s**t together. They gotta realize people want this movie and they gotta cut the check, you know what I mean? They just had a little regime change over there, so hopefully they come to their senses.”

Below, Cube says he has ideas for new projects extend way beyond another “Friday” movie.