(AllHipHop News) Nearly 30 years ago Compton Hip Hop group N.W.A changed the music game forever, and in many ways fellow Compton representative Kendrick Lamar grabbed the torch lit by N*ggaz Wit Attitudes. The two generations recently came together for a Billboard magazine cover story.
Lamar interviewed Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and DJ Yella for the music publication. The surviving members of the legendary rap act spoke about numerous topics including N.W.A’s effect on culture.
“We not only changed music, we changed pop culture all over the world. We did that by making it all right for artists to be themselves,” stated Cube. “You no longer had to be squeaky clean. We opened the floodgates for artists who wanted to work on this side, artists who wanted to be raw.”
Yella later addressed how N.W.A impacted an entire region in Hip Hop.
“The truth is that there wasn’t much competition. There was the East and the West, but there was really no West before us,” he expressed. “We came in so different, so real, that we were immediately heard.”
Kendrick also asked the music icons to share their thoughts on the emcees making music today. Ren and Dre mentioned GOOD Music artist Pusha T, but they showed special love to the man asking them the questions.
“You’re #1 on my list because of the care and attention you bring to your tracks and the precision you bring to your sound. There are a few people out there I listen to and respect,” stated Dre.
Ren added, “I’m not saying this because you’re here, Kendrick, but I like your song ‘Cut You Off.’ I’ve been listening to you for a minute.”
With the biopic Straight Outta Compton hitting theaters tomorrow (August 14), the prestige placed on N.W.A is likely to rise. K. Dot wanted to know how the subjects of the critically acclaimed film see their own legacy.
“World’s most dangerous group – a group that made it all right for artists to be totally themselves,” said Cube. He continued, “A legacy that says that although we were living in a destructive neighborhood, we were able to do something constructive.”
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Watch Kendrick Lamar interview N.W.A in the video below.