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2014

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Paul Giamatti Cast as Controversial Manager in N.W.A. Biopic

August 16, 2014

The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has found its Jerry Heller. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Giamatti has signed on to play the N.W.A. manager and Ruthless Records co-founder in the upcoming film about the pioneering hip-hop group. Giamatti...

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Lil Eazy-E Coaching Actor Playing Dad in N.W.A Biopic

July 3, 2014

Despite a report that he was unhappy with the casting, Eric Wright, Jr. – the son of N.W.A rapper Eazy-E who records as Lil Eazy-E – tells Rolling Stone he has embraced Jason Mitchell, the actor portraying his father in the Ice Cube–produced...

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N.W.A Biopic Casts Dr. Dre, Eazy-E

June 16, 2014

UPDATE: Universal announced in a statement that the biopic will be released in theaters on Aug. 14th, 2015. In April, F. Gary Gray, director of the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, staged an open casting call to find actors to...

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N.W.A Biopic Director Looking for 'Hood Factor' at Casting Calls

April 3, 2014

Director F. Gary Gray, who has helmed movies like Friday, The Italian Job and Be Cool, is currently casting five actors to portray the members of N.W.A for his biopic, Straight Outta Compton. A reporter for KCRW recently caught up with him at one...

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Ice Cube on Hall of Fame Snub: 'It Sucks'

March 14, 2014

Ice Cube's former group, gangsta-rap icons N.W.A., won't be a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014. But the rap legend isn't taking it personally. 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: N.W.A., 'Fuck tha Police' "It sucks. But it's understandable,"...

2013

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Vote for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

October 16, 2013

The nominees for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are in, and for the second consecutive year, the public gets to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 10th, fans can...

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Rock the Bells to Feature Ol' Dirty Bastard, Eazy-E Holograms

May 15, 2013

Rock the Bells will mark its 10th anniversary with some very special guests: The traveling hip-hop festival will take a page from Coachella's Tupac hologram last year and feature "virtual performances" from the late Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E....

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ODB's Mother on Seeing Her Late Son's Hologram: 'They'll Have to Carry Me Off'

May 15, 2013

Since the Tupac hologram debuted at Coachella last year, reaction has been mixed, to say the least. But when the virtual Eazy and Ol' Dirty Bastard take the stage at Rock the Bells, as announced last night in L.A., it will be with the full support of...

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Ohio Players Frontman 'Sugarfoot' Bonner Dead at 69

January 28, 2013

The Ohio Players frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner died Saturday in his hometown near Dayton, Ohio, according to his Facebook page. He was 69. No cause of death was announced. Bonner co-founded the Ohio Players in 1964 with former members of The Ohio...

2012

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Underwood, Fallon Sing Country-Rap Covers

November 9, 2012

Carrie Underwood visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, and the pair revisited their previous (and fictional) life together as a country duo covering rap songs in the "C'Rap" genre. Underwood and Fallon take on N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton,"...

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Rush, Public Enemy, Heart Lead 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

October 4, 2012

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 are in. This year's hopefuls are Albert King, Chic, Deep Purple, Donna Summer, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters, N.W.A., Paul Butterfield Blues...

2010

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Is Bob Dylan Hip-Hop's Godfather? His Ties to Beasties, Roots, More

March 30, 2010

Recently, a YouTube made the rounds of Bob Dylan raspily rapping his way through a solid chunk of LL Cool J's classic "Mama Said Knock You Out." The Internet had good time with "LOL" and "WTF" responses, but Dylan's symbiotic relationship with hip-hop...

2009

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N.W.A Biopic in the Works, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre To Produce

March 9, 2009

Rap supergroup N.W.A will become the latest hip-hop act to have its story told in a big-screen biopic. Straight Outta Compton will chart the group's rise and fall, EW's Entertainment Insider reports. The film has already recruited N.W.A's Ice Cube and...

2008

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Hip-Hop's Greatest Year: Fifteen Albums That Made Rap Explode

February 12, 2008

Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Release Date: June 28, 1988 Key Tracks: "Bring the Noise," "Don't Believe the Hype," "Night of the Living Baseheads" What Caught On: Having already established their sound on 1987's Yo! Bum...

2002

Album Review

Niggaz4life (Reissue)

September 30, 2002

Decked out in identical utility gear and sporting enough lyrical artillery to frighten all of middle America, N.W.A quickly upended hip-hop tradition with Straight Outta Compton. One of hip-hop's crucial albums, it was a bombastic, cacophonous car ride...

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Straight Outta Compton (Reissue)

September 30, 2002

Decked out in identical utility gear and sporting enough lyrical artillery to frighten all of middle America, N.W.A quickly upended hip-hop tradition with Straight Outta Compton. One of hip-hop's crucial albums, it was a bombastic, cacophonous car ride...

2000

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Dr. Dre Talks N.W.A. Reunion, New Album

July 7, 2000

N.W.A. have started work on their long-awaited reunion album, Not These Niggaz Again, using a mobile recording studio while on the Up In Smoke Tour. "We've started a blueprint process," says Dr. Dre, who left the pioneering gansta rap troupe in 1992 to...

1999

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Dr. Dre

December 9, 1999

Dr. Dre has lived it. With N.W.A, he blazed a trail for gangsta rap in the late Eighties before striking out on his own with 1992's The Chronic, which defined the West Coast sound. But that was a long time ago. Since his first and only solo album, Dre,...

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