Pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A have shelved plans to release a reunion
album anytime soon, after early sessions for the LP yielded
disappointing results, Dr. Dre said Thursday.
"We got a couple things down, nothing that I'm happy with, so they don't
mean anything," the superstar producer and rapper said.
The group was unable to continue working on an N.W.A album, because its
members were all due on other projects, Dre said.
"The status of N.W.A right now remains in limbo, because everybody
that's supposed to be a part of this record has their own careers, and
they're out doing their things. [Ice] Cube is working on a big
special-effect movie, Snoop [Dogg] has a record coming out and is gonna
promote that, and I'm working with my new artists, trying to do my
thing. I have no idea when that record's gonna happen, or if it's gonna
Dre, Cube and M.C. Ren are holdovers from the original N.W.A lineup,
while Snoop Dogg was subbing for the late MC Eazy-E, who died in 1995 of
complications from AIDS. The revamped group made its debut at a
Farmclub.com taping in March.
Founded in 1986, N.W.A provided a template for gangsta rap with 1989's
Straight Outta Compton. The group fell apart when Dre left for a
solo career in 1992.
With this incarnation of N.W.A sidelined, Dre is busy working on new
projects for his Aftermath label, having recently signed hip-hop vet
Rakim, as well as newcomer Shari Watson, who calls herself Truth Hurts.
Dre is helping the St. Louis songstress ready her debut album, Ain't
That the Truth?
"I've been looking for a female singer for about eight years now, and I
finally found [her]," Dre said. "We've been working really hard to make
her stuff come out proper, and we're gonna change the course of music
again. I can't even call it R&B, cause R&B is rap's bitch. It's some
other sh--. It's somethin' else. It's singing to my rhythm, and it's
definitely gonna make everybody that's out there doing R&B music go back
in the studio and rethink and do their sh-- over press erase."
Dre said he's equally excited about Rakim's Aftermath debut, which
they'll likely begin work on in January. The LP will be called Oh My God.
"I've always been a fan of Rakim; I've always bought every record
twice," Dre said. "He's been one of the reasons why I'm still in hip-hop
today. So for me to be able to work with him is a straight-up blessing.
I'm just grateful. I'm gonna step into the studio and make this the best
record that I've ever made."
Dre celebrated the upcoming DVD/VHS release of "Up in Smoke: the Concert
Film" (Dec. 19) at a party in Santa Monica, California, on Thursday
night. The film features live footage from the summer's Up in Smoke
Tour, which featured Dre, Cube, Snoop and Eminem, among others.
"A lot of people were saying we'd do one or two shows until the violence
comes in and shuts it down," Dre said. "We kept it well-organized and
professional, and at the end we proved everybody wrong. I think that was
a big accomplishment for hip-hop, because it was no more, no less than a
hip-hop show. That's all we set our minds to do do straight-up,
hardcore hip-hop, sell out arenas and keep it peaceful. That's a very
difficult thing to do, and we pulled it off."