Music icon Charles Wright reportedly caught feelings after being offered $600 from iconic rap group N.W.A. to have his “Express Yourself” single sampled at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
According to reports, Wright’s team is still hoping for a last-minute deal to go down.
Wright’s rep Kimirhochelle Porter tells TMZ the singer felt totally disrespected by the lowball offer, since he usually gets around $600k for samples of his ’70s hit. We’re told he feels snubbed, and thinks N.W.A. should share the spotlight since his music played a big role in their success. Porter says they’re still trying to strike a deal, but tick-tock — the ceremony airs Saturday night on HBO. (TMZ)
Earlier this month, rap star Kendrick Lamar helped induct N.W.A. at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Brooklyn, New York.
“To be clear, to be very clear, the fact that a famous group can look just like one of us and dress like one of us, talk like one of us, proved to every single kid in the ghetto that you can be successful and still have importance while doing it. That was N.W.A. That was their true message. And I know each and every one of them said they never wanted to be role models, but look … The first time I see Eazy bust through that screen out the jail cell on stage on “We Want Eazy,” I felt like every single one of them was black superheroes where I come from. Because it shows, like I said, people from our community can be on that television screen, be on awards, and still have their voice and be real to themselves. So make some noise for that because that’s the realest thing.”
Lamar also reflected on the amount of success N.W.A.’s Dr. Dre has experienced over the past three decades.
“Being so obsessed with sound that you create your own headphones and force people and fans around the world to listen to deep, intricate sounds the way you outta hear, you dig? Being gangster is partnering with the biggest tech companies and launching groundbreaking music on a whole other platform. So now after 30 years of being heard, being gangster is being inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentleman, without further ado, my good homies, N.W.A! What’s up!”
Former N.W.A. member Ice Cube reflected on the memorable day on Instagram.