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Hip Hop Icon Ice Cube Announces Scholarship Winner

Ice Cube at McNally SmithIce Cube, the legendary hip hop icon, visited McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN, today to announce the winner of the school’s “Ice Cube Scholarship.”  Ice Cube was greeted by a raucously vocal group of McNally Smith students who were thrilled to have the music industry giant visit the campus.  Josiah Kosier of Watertown, South Dakota, beamed as Ice Cube announced that he had won the four-year, full tuition “Ice Cube Scholarship” for studies in Music Technology.  Ice Cube, who chooses the scholarship winner annually, has maintained a strong relationship with McNally Smith since the scholarship was inaugurated in 2006.

Ice Cube with Josiah KosierDuring his visit to McNally Smith, Ice Cube also toured the latest updates to the college’s state-of-the-art recording facilities and fielded questions from students.  Ice Cube performed at Myth Nightclub in the Twin Cities the night before his McNally Smith visit as part of his national tour to support his latest album, Raw Footage which was released August 19th and topped the Billboard Rap Charts at #1 in its first week debut.

“Ice Cube is a powerful, dramatic force in changing the direction of contemporary music and the music industry,” said Harry Chalmiers, President of McNally Smith College of Music.  “We are grateful to him for his partnership through the Ice Cube Scholarship at McNally Smith, and for his support as we prepare our students to realize and sustain a life in music.”

Watch videos from the event here.