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Kendrick Lamar Interviews N.W.A. for Billboard


Billboard/Eric Ray DavidsonTo celebrate their upcoming biopic, the four surviving members of N.W.A. sat down with Kendrick Lamar to discuss their overall significance and legacy in the music industry.

After thanking the group, consisting of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and MC Ren, Lamar expressed his respect for them. “N.W.A did a lot more than entertain. They told the truth,” he said during their interview for Billboard.

Despite their early controversy and gangster rap persona,  Dre has no regrets. “If N.W.A had done it softer, it wouldn’t have gotten the attention. It wouldn’t have worked,” he says.

Dre also pointed out the group’s significance to music.  “Imagine this: We made Straight Outta Compton in six weeks, and that’s without working weekends. Twenty-five years later, and here’s a big-ass Hollywood movie carrying the same name. It’s unbelievable,” he says.

During the interview, the group touched on challenges they faced throughout their careers, their relationship with the late Eazy-E, and the new generation of hip-hop.

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