News: Ice Cube Recounts N.W.A. Split, "I Wanted Dr. Dre To Do 'AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted'"
Monday, May 17, 2010 3:10PM
Actor/Rapper Ice Cube recently recounted his split from iconic rap group N.W.A. (N*ggaz Wit Attitude) in the early 1990's and revealed his aim to have Dr. Dre aboard his AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted project.
Despite being in good standing with Dre after breaking from the group, Cube said certain restrictions kept him from linking with Doc.
"You know, I had went to New York, back and forth with N.W.A, and ended up being real cool with [then-Def Jam executives] Russell [Simmons] and Lyor [Cohen]. And they would have me come down to Rush [Management Offices] and I would f*ck with some of the biggest names in hip-hop at the time. EPMD came through; you'd see everybody walking through. From a person who was a hip-hop fan and then became entrenched in hip-hop as an artist it was cool to do. So when I went solo, I was like I wanted Dr. Dre to do AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, but Jerry Heller vetoed that. So since he vetoed that sh*t--and I'm pretty sure Eazy didn't want Dre to do it. But Dre did want to do it; we gotta put that on record. Dre wanted to do my record, but it was just too crazy with the break-up of [N.W.A]. The break-up snowballed into some sh*t. I was talking to Lyor because I wanted Sam Sever [to produce my album]. Sam Sever did all the 3rd Bass sh*t and their beats were the sh*t at the time." (XXL Mag)
Cube recently confirmed reports of trying to put together an N.W.A. biopic.
"We're trying to put together an N.W.A movie, and he won't be around to see that made. That's what makes it a little sad, going back to the past. But for the most part, we had a ball putting it together." There's isn't too much info about the possible N.W.A biopic, but Cube does have his hands full with plenty of other Hollywood projects. He plays a police officer investigating dirty cops on the force in the film "Rampart"; they start production on that movie later in the summer. Up first is the TV adaptation of his film "Are We There Yet?" (MTV)
World Trade Center movie writer Andrea Berloff has been hired to help with the N.W.A. biopic.
Berloff is writing "Straight Outta Compton," the story of the rise and fall of the Compton, Calif.-based group. Having a white writer on black-themed projects, especially biopics, is a fairly recent trend. Sheldon Turner penned a draft of the Rick James project "Super Freak," while Brad Kane wrote the draft of the Richard Pryor project that attracted director Bill Condon. Especially noteworthy is that the person tackling the N.W.A. adaptation is a white woman. However, the scribe, repped by UTA and Benderspink, is known around town for tackling true-life stories. On top of "World Trade Center," she wrote "The Fugees," adapting a New York Times article for Universal, about a group of international refugee soccer kids who settle in Atlanta. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Eazy is remembered for being the leader in N.W.A..
As the story goes, Eazy E became a rapper by accident. In 1987, the man then known as Eric Wright hired his future N.W.A bandmate Ice Cube to write a song called "Boyz-n-the-Hood" for another group signed to his upstart label, Ruthless Records. One of the guys in the other group balked at rapping the lurid lyrics, so Eazy, who'd been listening to a demo version of the song for days on end, stepped into the booth and laid it down himself. As a rapper, that was probably Eazy's peak. Those verses weren't only the first he put on wax, they were probably the best. (Phoenix New Times)
Check out a past Ice Cube interview down below: