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)