On the heels of yesterday’s RollingStone cover reveal, the latest pub for N.W.A. and Straight Outta Compton is a doozy.
Kendrick Lamar sits down with N.W.A. for Billboard and they talk for 25 minutes. Need I really say more?
The conversation ranges from early days in the studio with Eazy-E, the eternal “bullshit” of the music business and how N.W.A made South Park (and much more) possible.
“N.W.A did a lot more than entertain. They told the truth,” says Lamar. And as Dre explains, “If N.W.A had done it softer, it wouldn’t have gotten the attention. It wouldn’t have worked.” Cube tells Billboard that he believes police brutality remains “the same” today as it did in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
“Ain’t nobody we’d rather have do this interview,” says Cube, 46.
“Have you seen the movie?” asks Dre, 50.
“Not yet,” answers Lamar. “Didn’t want to go to a preview and see it in a privileged setting. Would rather wait for it to come to the neighborhood and see it with everyone else. That way it’ll mean the most to me.”
These are just scattered tibits aside from the sitdown itself. Again, be sure to press play above, if you can only read right now, the full transcript is here. And there’s also some behind the scenes on the cover shoot here.