Ice Cube has announced that he, MC Ren and DJ Yella will reunite as N.W.A. for a concert this summer in Los Angeles. This will be the first time the group has performed together in more than 20 years, and is part of the BET Experience at L.A. Live. Ice Cube performed with MC Ren in 2000, but he tells Rolling Stone that it’s the first time he and Yella will have performed together since 1989.
“It’s just gonna be one of those ‘I wish I were there in L.A. nights,'” he told Rolling Stone. “And we’re gonna rock that shit, no problem.”
Dr. Dre is not scheduled to participate at this time, but Cube says not to discount the possibility. “You know, if you wish upon a star, you never know,” Ice Cube said in the Rolling Stone interview. “You never know. It’s like, I hope he blesses us with his presence. But if not, I’ve been rockin’ for a long time without anybody. So whoever shows up, I’m still gonna rock. Whoever don’t show up, we still gonna rock.”
Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock are also scheduled to perform at the BET Experience on June 27.
Eazy-E, who was the other core member of N.W.A., died in 1995.
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