7 Interesting Facts About N.W.A. Told By Ice Cube & O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Find out how the hip-hop group is still relevant today

Ice Cube and son O’Shea Jackson Jr. sat down with triple j and discussed the N.W.A’s history and their impact that is still relevant today.

Believe it or not, N.W.A’s infamous, and strongly-opinionated anthem “F—k Tha Police” is nearly 30 years old, but still contains a powerful message given the current state of America.

“You need non-violent protest, you need a verbal weapon, so to speak” says Ice Cube. “It aint cool to go out in the streets, causing destruction or [wanting to] do something to a law enforcement officer. But having a verbal weapon like this song is sufficient and needed for a lot of people in this world to get it off their chest. They don’t want to do nothing violent but they do wanna say something. This song is right here just for them.”

Check out the full discussion, followed by some great facts down below:

1. Straight Outta Compton was originally a lot longer
The film does its best to document 10 years of N.W.A history, but Ice Cube revealed that the original cut was nearly 4 hours long! “Oh man, I got a laundry list of things that we could have included in the movie. The first cut of the movie was 3 hours and 55 minutes.”

2. The cast of the movie re-recorded the Straight Outta Compton album
O’Shea explained that to better their roles, “they made us re-record the whole album so I definitely have a new found appreciation [for N.W.A.]

3. Cube had no idea Dr. Dre was making a whole new album
When Dre announced Compton, it took everyone by surprise. “I never thought it was going to turn into a whole album,” Explained Cube. “He was hitting the studio every night after the set, just inspired, and anything that inspires Dr. Dre is always good for the world.”

4. Cube’s son prefers his dad’s solo work
O’Shea: “I was born in 1991 so I’ve always been biased towards solo Ice Cube for obvious reasons.”

5. triple j’s ‘Express Yourself’ protest “was a big deal”
In 1990, ‘F–k Tha Police was banned from being played on triple j, which was the first to play the track in Australia. “It was just crazy,” says the former N.W.A rapper. “Entertainment shouldn’t handcuff you…you shouldn’t censor yourself because radio stations might not play it or somebody might get mad.”

6. N.W.A. taught artists to be themselves
Cube says the rap crew’s crux is artistic expression, breaking down barriers and opening doors that were “always closed to entertainers.”

7. Straight Outta Compton is really a story about brotherhood
“The core story of Straight Outta Compton is about ‘brotherhood.’ You know Dr. Dre, you know Ice Cube, you know Eazy-E, but you don’t know Andre, you don’t know O’Shea, you don’t know Eric. That’s who we wanted you to know. We wanted you to understand how this all started.”

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