On Saturday (April 23rd), all living members of the legendary rap group, N.W.A., reunited to perform for the first time in 16 years. Iconic rapper, actor, and producer, Ice Cube, brought MC Ren, DJ Yella, and most notably Dr. Dre onstage during his weekend set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Dre joined his former bandmates on stage after they performed “Straight Outta Compton” and “F-ck The Police” to an exhilarated sold-out crowd. The members of N.W.A. performed Dre’s solo hits “California Love” and “Still D.R.E.” and joined together to pay tribute to their friend Eazy-E saying, “Rest in Peace Eazy-E.” Lil Eazy-E, Eazy-E’s son, joined the N.W.A mini-set to perform his father’s classic song, “Boyz N the Hood.” Dr. Dre’s appearance came as a surprise to many after the super-producer failed to show for last week’s N.W.A. “reunion” during the first weekend of the highly-regarded music festival.
Cube brought many west coast rap favorites on stage to perform including, Kendrick Lamar, The Game, and W.C. from Westside Connection. Lamar brought the house down performing songs off his critically acclaimed album To Pimp A Butterfly including, “King Kunta”, “Alright”, and “Ain’t That Funkin’ Hard on You? (We Ain’t Neva Gonna Stop Remix)”.
Cube also paid homage to Prince, whom he called his “favorite artist”, by dedicating his set to the fallen musician and wearing a purple bandana and purple sneakers.