Grammy-nominated singer The-Dream is drawing inspiration from the 90’s era of hip-hop, as he plans to put form an N.W.A.-inspired hip-rock group to take on the music industry.
Although he kept major details discreet, Dream said the group would tackle political issues and provide messages in their music.
We decided to ask The-Dream about his future plans. He surprised us with a reply about a Hip-Hop infused Rock band that he plans to give birth to. He told HHNM exclusively: “I’m listening to music for a future band I haven’t made yet. I have 53 records and a direction for a new NWA type Hip-Hop Rock band. Real messages, very political.” (Hip Hop N More)
In May, Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow dropped some of Ice Cube‘s “Gangsta Gangsta” verse off N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton album.
“[Straight Outta Compton?] It’s a classic N.W.A. album,” Paltrow told BBC host Graham Norton before being asked to rap. “You want me to [rap?] There’s one word I can’t say. OK — ‘Yo, here’s a little something about a ‘uh’ like me, never should have been let out the penitentiary/Ice Cube, I like to say that I’m a crazy motherf*cker from around the way/Since I was a youth, I smoked weed out/Now I’m the motherf*cker that you read about.’ [laughs]” (“The Graham Norton Show”)
A month prior, while being interviewed by rap star and friend Jay-Z, Paltrow revealed growing up to N.W.A.
“I first was exposed to hip-hop when I was about 16 (1988) by some boys who went to collegiate,” Paltrow revealed to Hov. “The Beastie Boys were sort of the way in for us preppie kids. We were into Public Enemy, Run-DMC and LL Cool J. But then I went to L.A. the summer between my junior and senior year of high school and I discovered N.W.A which became my obsession. I was fascinated by lyrics as rhythm and how [Dr.] Dre had a such different cadence and perspective from say, Eazy-E, who I thought was one of the most ironic and brilliant voices hip-hop has ever had. It was an accident that I learned every word of Straight Outta Compton and to love something that a.) I had no real understanding of in terms of the culture that it was emanating from and b.) to love something that my parents literally could not grasp. But I was hooked. I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night but I could sing to you every single word of N.W.A’s ‘F*ck Tha Police’ or [Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock‘s] ‘It Takes Two.’ Go figure.” (Life + Times)
Late rapper Eazy-E is reportedly responsible for putting together N.W.A. in the late 1980’s.
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 Gwyneth Paltrow rapping to N.W.A. below: