On Friday, N.W.A. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn. There to induct the group was none other than Kendrick Lamar, who delivered a heartfelt speech about their influence and legacy. Watch his and N.W.A.’s speeches below.
Related: Dr. Fresch Teams With Eazy-E’s Son for G-House-Influenced Banger
Dr. Fresch performs at Create Nightclub in Hollywood on Nov. 11, 2015. (NAFT Photography)
Rising DJ/producer Dr. Fresch has teamed up with Eazy-E’s son for a g-house-influenced banger called “Gangsta Gangsta.” The song features “Baby Eazy-E” rapping parts of his father’s verse from N.W.A.’s 1988 single of the same title.
However, instead of the usual g-house BPM (118 to 124), Fresch wrote on SoundCloud that he slowed the tempo to 105 to “preserve the integrity” of Baby Eazy-E’s vocals. He described the resulting instrumental as “a crossbreed between slowed-down g-house and indie electro.”
Listen for yourself below and download on DJcity.
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Arabian Prince in the late 1980s.
Kim Lezan, better known as Arabian Prince, was a pioneer of west coast hip-hop and one of the founding members of N.W.A. The Los Angeles rapper/DJ/producer recently spoke with VICE’s EDM network thump about his involvement in the group and current projects.
Here’s five things we learned from the interview.
1. He met Dr. Dre through the local scene.
Arabian Prince: “Me and Dr. Dre met just hanging in the scene. There was a small circle of DJs on the West Coast in the 80s. Dre was with the Wrecking Crew, I was with Bobby Jimmy and the Critters at the time, and we just clicked. We lived in the same area, South Central, Compton. We would go to Skateland in Compton, go to the beach, chase women.”
2. He produced N.W.A’s first single, “Panic Zone.”
thump: “Arabian Prince was a founding member of N.W.A and a major creative force before the group underwent their sharp turn from street-savvy electro funk into the hardcore gangsta rap icons they’re known for being. He wrote and produced their first single ‘Panic Zone,’ while also rapping and producing on their first two albums, but you won’t see him in the new hit movie Straight Outta Compton.”
3. He says he left N.W.A for the same reasons that Dre and Cube did.
Arabian Prince: “I was making records as Arabian Prince and banking, but now that I was in a group that was selling millions of records, I was making less? How are we supposed to be hardcore gangsters, yet we getting screwed out of our own cash? People say I’m stupid for leaving N.W.A. so early, but eventually Dre and Cube left for the same reasons. I was just first.”
4. He wasn’t asked to be in the Straight Outta Compton movie.
Arabian Prince: “If the reason we are not in this movie is because [Eazy E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright] has some kind of vengeance against us, man that’s f#cked up. She wasn’t even there to see any of that. I know she’s the executive producer and she has rights over most everybody. Probably Dre and Cube’s hands were tied, but no one has reached out to me, so I don’t know. In the end, the people that know the real history, the truth will come out.”
5. He’s currently working on an EDM album.
Arabian Prince: “I am working on an EDM album with some big names as we speak, some top-secret sh#t. I Love electronic music and I really respect the guys who are doing it now. Respect goes to Flying Lotus, I have met him a few times, he’s real cool. You know, some people say that gangsta rap killed electro funk, but I think it just evolved into pop and EDM. A lot of the beats we were doing back in the day are resurrecting, it’s just the artists that are different.”
Dr. Dre revealed today that he has a new album coming out August 7. The announcement was made during his Beats 1 show, The Pharmacy.
The album isn’t Detox, though.
Instead, Dre is releasing Compton A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, a project inspired by the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. He said that it will be his “grand finale.”
When asked why Detox never came out, Dre said: “I didn’t like it. It wasn’t good. The record, it just wasn’t good. . . . I worked my ass off on it, and I don’t think I did a good enough job.”
Compton A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
Check out the cover art above and tracklist below.
1. Intro ft. Dr. Dre
2. Talk About It ft. King Mez & Justus
3. Genocide ft. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay
4. It’s All On Me ft. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid
5. All In a Day’s Work ft. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius
6. Darkside/Gone ft. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar
7. Loose Cannons ft. Xzibit & COLD 187um
8. Issues ft. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak
9. Deep Water ft. Kendrick Lamar & Justus
10. One Shot One Kill ft. Snoop Dogg & Jon Connor
11. Just Another Day ft. Asia Bryant & The Game
12. For the Love of Money ft. Jill Scott & Jon Connor
13. Satisfiction ft. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez
14. Animals ft. Anderson Paak
15. Medicine Man ft. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak
16. Talking To My Diary ft. Dr. Dre
Here’s an excerpt of Dre discussing the album on The Pharmacy:
The theatrical trailer for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has been released. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job), the film revolves around the rise and fall of the legendary rap group. It is set to hit theaters on August 14.
Last week, Dr. Dre discussed the making of the film during a rare interview on Los Angeles radio station Real 92.3.
Related: Dr. Dre Reveals Release Date and Actors for N.W.A Biopic
UPDATE: part two of Dre’s interview has been uploaded. Watch it here.
Dr. Dre rarely gives interviews these days, but today he stopped by Los Angeles’s Real 92.3 to chat with Big Boy for the first time in two years. While most of the conversation focused on the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, Dre also discussed some of his iconic productions: “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” “The Next Episode,” and Eminem’s “My Name Is.”
Here’s a breakdown of the topics covered:
01:45 – Making the Straight Outta Compton movie
05:35 – Recording “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”
07:10 – How he wants to inspire people with the movie
10:10 – Speaking with Eazy-E right before he passed
10:50 – How N.W.A. formed
12:30 – Recording “The Next Episode”
14:40 – Recording Eminem’s “My Name Is”
Related: Dr. Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent Featured in Shady Records Documentary
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