In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ice Cube confirmed he will take us back over 25 years later this month and reunite N.W.A. for one night in L.A.
On June 27th Cube will perform a BET Experience gig at the Staples Center and perform numerous N.W.A songs with MC Ren and DJ Yella at a Los Angeles concert.
The reunion comes just weeks before the release of Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A biopic he is co-producing with Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright.
In the interview Cube said;
“We’re gonna be there with Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q. It’s just gonna be one of those ‘I wish I were there in L.A. nights.’ And we’re gonna rock that shit, no problem. I’m gonna bring out some of the old favorites, we’re gonna bring back some memories up in there for sure.”
The “BET Experience at L.A. Live, Presented by Coca-Cola,” will take place between June 25th and the 28th. Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart, Bell Biv Devoe, the Roots and others are all slated to perform, with tickets now available.
“Not only am I a fan of BET and I’m really grateful that BET is still around and doing events of this magnitude, but for it to be in my hometown, L.A., and for me to perform at the Staples Center, it’s a real cool notch on my belt, it’s great in so many ways.”
Cube went on to discuss how he hasn’t shared a state with DJ Yella since 1989;
“The last time I performed with Yella was 1989. That was a long time, but with Ren, it was the Up in Smoke Tour [in 2000]. It was real cool to be onstage with him again, but that’s still been 15 years ago. So it’s real cool to get up there and with the excitement around Straight Outta Compton, the movie. I think people are going to just be extra excited to get a glimpse of us.”
When asked what it’s like to listen back to records like “Straight Outta Compton” and if it still resonates as him, Cube revealed;
“It sounds like me. Dre’s productions still hold up and it just sounds like a…I mean, “younger me” ain’t the word ’cause that’s just cliché. But [we were] extremely hungry to be accepted in hip-hop. When we first came out, we was locals. We never really knew our music was going to go this far, so we had our expectations high. It worked out, I’d say.”
When Rolling Stone asked if Dre would be at the Staples Center for the reunion, Cube was non-committal;
“You know, if you wish upon a star, you never know [laughs]. You never know. It’s like, I hope he blesses us with his presence. But if not, I’ve been rockin’ for a long time without anybody. So whoever shows up, I’m still gonna rock. Whoever don’t show up, we still gonna rock.”
Stay tuned for more on this but until then read more at Rolling Stone.
Until then watch the last time N.W.A performed live in 2000 on BET below and give both tracks a spin from that same early 2000 era!
N.W.A. Perform “Chin Check” With Snoop Dogg (Video)
N.W.A. “Chin Check” Live on BET RapCity in 2000 (Video)
N.W.A – Chin Check (Audio)
N.W.A – Hello (Audio)
Recently, DubCNN was invited to cover the K-Day celebrity football game, live from Valley College, in Southern California!
Check out exclusive interviews and drops from some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including, actor and director Edward James Olmos!
DJ Showtime was on the ones and twos for this event which was attended by a litany of stars,including JB Smoove, Razon, Kel Mitchell [Who Loves Orange Soda?!], Rooography, Jensen Atwood, Ian Verdun, Samie Parker, Khleo Thomas, Arlen Escarpeta, Kevontay Jackson, J Reece, and Brian Hooks!
DubCNN.com: K-Day Celebrity Football (May 2015) With Edward James Olmos, DJ Showtime, JB Smoove
“…that’s the fun part about making music. Stepping to it and creating the vibe that you want to create.”
That was a comment made by the legendary emcee Pharoahe Monch when sat down with J-Luv for the Microphone Masters Radio Show. The East Coast rhyme spitter, known for his thought provoking lyrics and clever wordplay, shared his thoughts on a number of topics including sports, his W.A.R. Management roster, new projects, Mad Max and society to name a few.
Hip Hop can be very niche. There are those that have an affinity for more mainstream artists while others gravitate towards more substantive, thought provoking artists to name a few. When asked about what he is trying to create with the music released from W.A.R. Media Pharoahe compared it shopping at a local boutique store as an alternative to the larger chain stores.
“It’s Niche and that’s the one thing we want to create with the company is that…very niche, very boutique. There is a lot of nuance that goes on with what we are trying to do…even if it is boutique in small numbers like the private shop you might go to for your cupcakes or breakfast in your town. We aren’t trying to be McDonalds and mass produce anything because we are independent. We want people to say, ‘Yo, these dudes take their time and when they drop some sh*t we can support it.’”
How does that jive with wanting to have financial success? Is it a challenge to find quality artists that buy into this vision? Monch put it in these terms,
“We’re not trying to compete with people that we really can’t compete with. We try to do it great from where we stand.”
And furthering the analogy to local versus corporate he returned to the cupcake example,
“…like, these are amazing cupcakes (being sold) this Sunday. We made 55 of them and there is a line around the corner and they sold out at three o’clock and we open at noon. If we get more support we will purchase a bigger oven and open up another location. So right now we need support. Come try our sh*t…”
In addition to being hands on with the artists on W.A.R. Management, Pharoahe is working on a project with Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder called Indy 500.
“We formed an alliance called Indy 500. Which is basically about three independent black owned entities just shaking hands. We speak to each other and tweet and email and trade music and ideas and advice all the time so why not make this an actual functional thing where I can call 9th and say…let’s put a tour together”
Check out the 2 part conversation and listen for yourself. Enjoy.
Pharoahe Monch on Microphone Masters Radio Episode 96 (06-03-15) Show (Stream/Download)
Credited with the birth of Gangsta Rap, the west coast, is recognized for its iconic hip-hop artists like Tupac (RIP), Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik & the bay area’s Mac Dre and E-40. The best coast is now flooding the game with a new wave of talent including powerhouse camp TDE, Dom Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle, Skeme, Dubbz, Sage The Gemini and now a south central spirited scribe by the name of Cozz. Having first been introduced to his music by a cousin of mine, I was instantly & logically hooked to this dope MC. His debut album properly entitled “Cozz N Effect” tales the aspirations and dreams of a young black male finding purpose in his craft & talents.
Without any extensive background in the game, Cozz is fairly new to the playing field but sporting an impressive skill set nonetheless. Only 20 years old, this rhymer on the rise is signed to J.Cole’s imprint Dreamville operating under mother label Interscope records. A fitting home, Cole has given his artist what he himself covets most, and that is creative freedom and control. With no restrictions Cozz and his camp were able to put their own plan in place to present this hard body of work. Speaking volumes to his bright future, the Mitty Gang’s front man had nearly the entire album prepared before pushing it in J.Cole’s direction.
Being that he is from the west coast a bias presents itself, as I am naturally going to support the home team. That aside, skill speaks for itself and this L.A. native is making sure he is heard loud & clear. Building off the major response to his first single & video “Dreams“, Cozz has made his impression felt throughout the hip-hop community east to west. A patent combination of conscious content, attitude and appetite, the Westside wordsmith detains his listeners with bars worth their weight in gold. Following his first single with the release titled after his second alias, “Cody Macc”, this up and comer only furthered the belief in his upside while providing a vivid visual to aide his cause (pun intended).
The record is an announcement of his arrival & a worldwide warning disguised with witty wordplay for an MC willing to challenge his adamant stance. Cozz laces his growing fan base like a fresh pair of chucks with insightful & introspective tracks like “Western Ave Slaves” & “Come Get It” which highlight his depth for those studying the verbiage. Cody Macc also receives features from Dreamville label mates Bas on “I Need That” and Forest Hill Drive’s own J.Cole on “Knock The Hustle (Remix)” to strengthen a project already worthy of all its mentions. Effected by his music and passion Cozz has given critics & fans alike reason to consider him in the conversation for the next prominent MC out of the City of Angels. Expanding his name with performances and interviews nationwide you can be sure to expect more from the newfound MC. Nearly polished like a fifteen year veteran, Cozz still has his own journey to embark on before reaching his artistic pinnacle; his project “Cozz-N-Effect” foreshadows to a looming greatness yet to be recognized. Nonetheless I expect him to ascend to new heights & stand as one of the west illest.
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Today’s edition of “On The Come Up” turns the spotlight on an artist that if you’ve got your ear to the streets then you will have heard of.
Rhyme Scheme, is a rising artist set to stake his claim on the mainstream. He grew up in Detroit’s inner city, served a tour in Iraq, and then relocated to California where he’s spent his time writing, recording and performing.
Early in his career Rhyme Scheme was chosen as Artist of Tha Month on Tha Indie Spot, was featured on the cover of The Underground Fix Magazine, as well as in XXL and the A&R Report of Urban Magazine.
He’s set to make noise with his just released project, “Progression EP,” which features Spice 1, Yukmouth, Young Noble, Bad Azz, Gwap Don Dolla Signs, Mopreme Shakur and more. You can give the project a spin below, then make sure you follow him in Twitter.
Rhyme Scheme – Progression EP (Tracklist)
01) Rolling Stone Intro (Feat. Mopreme Shakur)
02) Progression (Feat. Armageddon & Revolver)
03) Critical Condition (Feat. Spice1, Bad Azz & Gwap)
04) West Coast Drama (Feat. Bad Azz & Kese Soprano)
05) Business Over Pleasure (Feat. Yukmouth and Young Noble)
06) Summer Time (Prod by KZR Beatz)
07) Rolling Stone Outro (Feat. Mopreme Shakur)
Rhyme Scheme – Progression EP
In April 2014 Big Tray Deee was back on the scene after over a decade in prison with his mixtape “Long Beach State Of Mind.”
Part of the platinum group, Tha Eastsidaz alongside Snoop Dogg and Goldie Loc his career was halted in 2003 by a prison bid but in January 2014 we confirmed he was working with DJ Kay Slay on a new mixtape project Long Beach State Of Mind” and then we caught up with him for this exclusive interview!
Last time out Tray Deee dropped off a video for the BigBeatz featured “They Rather Kill Me” – today he takes you to his hometown of Long Beach, to drop his new video “On The Blocc”.
The video was shot on 21st Street and Lewis, as well as the world famous VIP. Guest appearances include Mac Lucci West Coast Kam, Glasses Malone, The Twins, Lil Sag, and many more.
Watch the visual, directed by Dah Dah, below.
Big Tray Deee – On The Blocc (Video)
That project featured Jhené Aiko and James Fauntleroy over production from Evidence & DJ Babu, No I.D., Childish Major and Scoop DeVille.
Today XXLMag has unveiled it’s XXL Freshmen list and by far the standout candidate is Vince Staples!
Check the cover, watch the Behind The Scenes footage video and drop a comment and give Vince his props on Twitter!
Behind-The-Scenes: XXL Freshman 2015 Shoot (Video)