Hall of Fame: Janet Jackson, N.W.A, NIN, Smiths Lead Noms

October 8, 2015

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 are in, and the list includes Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, the Cars, Janet Jackson, N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths and Yes. The rest of this year's hopefuls...


Kendrick Lamar Celebrates Eazy-E, Compton in Potent Tribute

October 6, 2015

Kendrick Lamar praised the fearlessness of N.W.A's Eazy-E and the new kind of truth-telling he brought to hip-hop in a tribute that kicks off Paper magazine's three-part series celebrating late rap greats in their October...


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...


First 'Straight Outta Compton' Script Had Dre Assault Scene

August 20, 2015

The N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has come under fire for its glaring omission of one of the group's darkest chapters: Dr. Dre's January 27th, 1991 nightclub assault on hip-hop journalist Denise "Dee" Barnes. However, the original 150-page...


How 'Straight Outta Compton' Became a Summer Blockbuster

August 17, 2015

Grossing an estimated $60 million this weekend, the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has already been established as one of summer's most unlikely non-franchise blockbusters and bona fide box-office smashes, dwarfing the openings of higher-profile...


14 Things We Learned About 'Straight Outta Compton'

August 13, 2015

F. Gary Gray, the filmmaker behind new N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, also directed 1995's Friday, as well as the videos for Dr. Dre and Ice Cube's "Natural Born Killaz" and Cube's "It Was a Good Day." He grew up in South Central...


'Straight Outta Compton' Theaters Hiring Extra Security

August 13, 2015

Universal Pictures is offering to reimburse theaters for costs associated with hiring security guards during opening-weekend screenings of the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton. "Universal is proud of our association with Straight Outta Compton,...


Watch Dr. Dre, Eazy-E Fantasize About Future in 'Compton'

August 12, 2015

The N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton doesn't hit theaters until Friday, but fans can check out an exclusive scene from the project to hold them over. The above clip finds gangsta rap legends Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) and Eazy-E (Jason...


Dre, Ice Cube to Appear in 'Compton' Livestream

August 11, 2015

Original N.W.A members Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella and MC Ren will participate in a YouTube livestream on Tuesday tied to the upcoming biopic Straight Outta Compton. The hip-hop icons will join director F. Gary Gray, cast members O'Shea Jackson,...


Dr. Dre to Release New Album as 'Compton' Soundtrack

July 29, 2015

Dr. Dre will finally end fans' 16-year wait for a new album when the rapper releases his Straight Outta Compton soundtrack, which will consist of new music entirely produced by The Chronic mastermind, a source tells Rolling Stone. Dre is expected...


Go Behind the Scenes of N.W.A Film 'Straight Outta Compton'

July 16, 2015

The N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton will hit theaters August 14th, and hip-hop pioneer Fab Five Freddy traveled to the Los Angeles neighborhood to go behind the scenes of the upcoming movie and take a tour of Compton with the members of the group. Fab...


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...


Dr. Dre Female Assault Victim Talks N.W.A Film's Revisionism

August 19, 2015

Dee Barnes, a journalist whom Dr. Dre attacked while still a member of N.W.A, is speaking out against the way the biopic Straight Outta Compton overlooked the assault. "Like many of the women that knew and worked with N.W.A, I found myself a casualty...


DJ Premier Talks Dr. Dre's Incendiary 'Animals' Verse

August 14, 2015

Throughout N.W.A's brief career, it was Ice Cube who served as the group's main political firebrand — a shit-starter of the highest order, unafraid to take on systemic injustice and institutional hypocrisy. But on "Animals," Dr. Dre's...

Straight Outta Compton

August 13, 2015

This movie burns so hot that it's bound to run out of steam. It does. But not so much that you ever want to leave its danger zone. Straight Outta Compton is epic, baby, an explosively entertaining hip-hop biopic that raps home truths about race and police...


N.W.A Tell All: Inside the Original Gangstas' Cover Story

August 12, 2015

Twenty-six years and many incarnations ago, they came straight outta Compton – and now Dr. Dre and Ice Cube are together again on the cover of Rolling Stone. In the cover story, on stands Friday, senior writer Brian Hiatt hangs out with Cube...


20 Best Pre-'Straight Outta Compton' West Coast Rap Songs

August 12, 2015

N.W.A's 1988 album Straight Outta Compton was the Jordan that kicked down all the doors — the idea that hip-hop didn't have to come from New York, the hard truths of "reality rap," the waterfall of profanity, Raiders gear...


Dr. Dre Details Long-Awaited 'Compton: A Soundtrack'

August 1, 2015

Update: Dr. Dre will stream Compton, uncensored and in its entirety, early on Apple Music. The album will play in a loop for three hours beginning at 6 p.m. PST on August 6th. DJ Zane Lowe will host a radio show dedicated to the album beginning...


Dre on Suge Knight Crash: 'Maybe He Was Looking for Trouble'

July 22, 2015

UPDATE: A rep for Dr. Dre and Eminem tells Rolling Stone that despite reports to the contrary, the pair have no plans to tour together either solo or with N.W.A. With the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton due out August 14th, Dr. Dre and...


Dr. Dre Praises J Dilla, Talks N.W.A Biopic on 'Pharmacy'

July 5, 2015

Dr. Dre opened up The Pharmacy Saturday night on Apple Music's Beats 1, and the G-Funk extraordinaire used his debut hour-long radio program to praise the late J Dilla as well as discuss the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. "There's...