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2016

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See Ice Cube Bring Out Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar at Coachella

April 24, 2016

A week after Ice Cube fell a Dr. Dre short of an N.W.A reunion during his first Coachella set, the rapper managed to corral all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted group's surviving members – MC Ren, DJ Yella and...

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Read N.W.A's Heartfelt Rock Hall Acceptance Speeches

April 8, 2016

On Friday night, the members of N.W.A – Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Yella and the late Eazy-E – joined a handful of rap artists who are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's an honor that means a lot to the group. "It means that the...

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R&B Singer Leon Haywood Dead at 74

April 6, 2016

Leon Haywood, the soul-funk singer-songwriter and producer, died on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. He was 74. The artist's 1975 single, "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You," was sampled by several artists, including its famous appearance...

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Kendrick Lamar to Induct N.W.A Into Rock Hall

February 22, 2016

Kendrick Lamar will induct pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the April 8th ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Arena. Kid Rock will also be among the artists on hand to welcome Cheap Trick into the Rock...

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How Anderson Paak Is Reviving the Boom-Bap Sound

January 22, 2016

Anderson Paak offers a mission statement early on his Malibu album, which hit shelves last Friday: "I bring you greetings from the first church of boom bap-tists." Boom bap, a head-nodding subgenre of hip-hop popular in the Nineties, earned its onomatopoeic...

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5 Fascinating Things N.W.A Told Rolling Stone

April 6, 2016

When N.W.A burst straight outta Compton three decades ago, they seemed like the toughest, most street-smart crew ever to pick up mics. Years later, they'd declare themselves the "world's most dangerous group" and would become global superstars, as chronicled...

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Dr. Dre Secretly Working on Apple Music Show 'Vital Signs'

February 12, 2016

Dr. Dre will reportedly help Apple Music expand into the world of original video programming with a new series titled Vital Signs, with the Compton rapper serving as executive producer and star of the six-episode series. According to The Hollywood...

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Hear Dr. Dre's Simmering 'Back to Business' With T.I.

January 10, 2016

Dr. Dre reopened his Pharmacy Beats 1 radio show Saturday, and for his first episode of 2016, the G-funk legend dipped into his vaults to unearth a new track titled "Back to Business." The song features T.I., Compton collaborator...

2015

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2015: The Year in Pop Comebacks

December 11, 2015

Adele's return was the pop happening of 2015, but compared to many other acts who reemerged this year, the three-year gap between 2012's "Skyfall" and the seismic impact of "Hello" was a mere blip. The year has been rife with sudden...

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The Documentary 2

November 11, 2015

The Game's sixth album, and the decade-late sequel to his multi-platinum debut, is mostly a chance for the Compton MC to treat the the last 25 years of West Coast rap as his own personal playground.  Part high-concept (tracks flow as seamlessly...

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Jerry Heller Talks 'Compton' Lawsuit, 'Very Hurtful' Movie

November 3, 2015

Since its August release, Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A biopic chronicling the rise and fall of the gangsta rap firebrands, has become the highest-grossing music biopic in history. Though the rags-to-riches story detailed...

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Dr. Dre Proposes European Tour With Eminem, Snoop, Lamar

October 12, 2015

Although Dr. Dre released what he dubbed his "grand finale" with Compton, the rapper isn't entirely closing the book on his music career. On Dre's The Pharmacy Beats 1 radio show Sunday, during an interview with his Chronic collaborator Snoop...

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Quincy Jones Talks Gangster Past, Producing With Dr. Dre

September 15, 2015

Quincy Jones detailed growing up in the gritty gangster culture of pre-World War II Chicago and explained how a robbery led him to music in a wide-ranging chat with Dr. Dre on his Beats 1 radio show, "The Pharmacy." "I wanted...

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Dr. Dre Assault Apology 'Bigger Than Hip-Hop,' Victim Says

August 24, 2015

Dee Barnes, the female hip-hop journalist who penned a powerful essay about Dr. Dre's assault on her, has said she is grateful for the rapper's public apology last week. Barnes spoke up earlier this month about the 1991 incident, in which...

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'Straight Outta Compton' Soundtrack Set for Release

November 18, 2015

This summer’s blockbuster N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, will be getting two new soundtrack releases in early 2016. One of these, titled Straight Outta Compton: The Soundtrack (not to be confused with Dr. Dre’s Compton) boasts...

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Dr. Dre Premieres Unreleased Track 'Naked' on 'The Pharmacy'

November 8, 2015

Although Dr. Dre recently dropped what he billed as his "grand finale" Compton, there is plenty more unheard music from the producer just sitting in his stuffed musical vaults. On Saturday night's episode of Dre's Beats 1 radio show The Pharmacy,...

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N.W.A Manager Sues Over 'Straight Outta Compton' Portrayal

October 30, 2015

Former N.W.A manager Jerry Heller is suing Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the Eazy-E estate, Universal and other parties involved in the biopic Straight Outta Compton for what he feels is a unflattering portrayal of the Ruthless Records co-founder....

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Diddy, Jay Z Top Highest-Paid Rappers of 2015

September 23, 2015

Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, Dr. Dre and Pharrell are the world's five "Highest Paid Rap Acts" of 2015, according to Forbes' latest hip-hop cash round-up. Diddy, ranking Number One, reportedly earned $60 million in the past year from a variety of investments:...

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N.W.A: American Gangstas

August 27, 2015

Dr. Dre rubs his mountainous right deltoid through a snug black T-shirt, not quite allowing himself to wince. His shoulder hurts. He has an online radio show to record, a sort-of-secret album to mix, a call from Jimmy Iovine coming any minute. But in...

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On the Charts: N.W.A Straight Into Top Five

August 24, 2015

Straight Outta Compton's impact on the box office continues to reverberate into the music world as the classic N.W.A LP that lends its name to the biopic is back in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. While Straight Outta Compton (the...

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