The original members of N.W.A. cover the latest issue of Billboard. During their photoshoot, Kendrick Lamar sat with them for an interview. They discuss the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton, dealing with the business coming up, their legacy, keeping their sanity, and much more. Read the entire interview here, and check out an excerpt below.
Back then, what was your relationship with A&R guys?
Ice Cube: We didn’t have no A&R guys.
MC Ren: It was like, “How many times can we say ‘n—a’?”
Dr. Dre: We’d say, “We need more ‘f—s’ on this record.”
Did you have any doubts that you would be accepted?
MC Ren: I don’t think we really cared.
Dr. Dre: We had no idea we’d blow up this major. You see, every time we went into the studio we were only trying to make tracks that would rock our neighborhood. Our goal was to be local stars.
Ice Cube: We didn’t think the world cared about gang-banging and dope-dealing in L.A., Compton, South Central, Long Beach and Watts. The hub of hip-hop was the Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem. We were on the fringes. And that was OK with us.
Dr. Dre: 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.