Ice Cube on Reliving N.W.A for 'Straight Outta Compton'

April 15, 2015

"Compton hasn't changed," Ice Cube says of the L.A. suburb where he got his start. "It's wack. It's pretty much the same thing as it's always been, and that's fucked up really.... You don't know what's going to happen from day to day, and it can go from...


Watch Intense, Violent 'Straight Outta Compton' Trailer

April 1, 2015

N.W.A's early years can be seen in the latest trailer for Straight Outta Compton, the upcoming biopic that follows the legendary West Cost rap group's fall and rise in the Eighties. The new clip highlights Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey...


Dr. Dre Talks N.W.A Biopic, Eazy-E's Death, New Music

March 26, 2015

Dr. Dre recently sat down with L.A. radio DJ Big Boy for a wide-ranging chat, discussing everything from his beginnings in N.W.A to producing Eminem. He spoke at length his involvement in the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. "We...


Watch the N.W.A Biopic's Red-Band Trailer

February 9, 2015

During the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube appeared in a commercial where the two rap legends drove around Compton and talked about how now is the right time to release the N.W.A film Straight Outta Compton. Immediately...


Ice Cube's 'Friday' Back in Theaters for 20th Anniversary

March 20, 2015

Ice Cube's stoner film classic Friday turns 20 years old next month, and in celebration of the anniversary, 400 American theaters will screen the movie on Monday, April 20th – a national weed holiday – at 7:30 p.m. local time, Buzzfeed reports.  "For...



Watch Fan-Shot Recording of N.W.A Biopic Trailer

December 30, 2014

Earlier this month, an enterprising Ice Cube fan in Australia uploaded a bootleg recording of the trailer for the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which the rapper showed during a concert in Sydney. Though the video quality...


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...


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...


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...


Green Day, NIN, Smiths Nominated for Hall of Fame

October 9, 2014

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 are in, and the list includes Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting. The rest of this year's hopefuls are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic,...


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...


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,"...



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...


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....


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...


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...



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,"...



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...