N.W.A will reunite at their induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday, but they won’t be performing, says Ice Cube.
In an interview with the New York Times Thursday, Ice Cube said he expects the whole group to show up for the ceremony, including core members Dr. Dre, M.C. Ren and D.J. Yella in addition to Ice Cube; Eazy-E died in 1995.
“I believe everybody’s going to be there. As it stands now,” Ice Cube said.
But the legendary hip-hop group, immortalized in the recent bio-pic Straight Outta Compton, won’t be rapping for the crowd.
“Nah, we’re not performing. I guess we really didn’t feel like we were supported enough to do the best show we could put on,” Ice Cube said about the organizers. “We wanted to do it on a whole other level, and that just couldn’t happen.”
No disrespect, he hastened to add.
“But we’re totally honored, humbled and appreciative to the Hall for even just considering us, inducting us and inviting us.”
N.W.A. is only the fifth hip-hop act ever voted in to the Hall (after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy), and they join the 31st class of inductees, all from an earlier era of classic rock: Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple and Steve Miller.
N.W.A. had been nominated three times before and Ice Cube thinks Straight Outta Compton was “the thing that put us over the top.”
He said he’s eager to hear more about his fellow inductees, whose music is not entirely familiar to him.
“I’m kind of interested to know what their major hits are. I’ve been in hip-hop, R&B, soul and funk for so long, so it’s always cool to know why people love these groups. I don’t know what they sing, like they probably don’t know what I do.
“It’s a night of discovery.”
Source: USA Today