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The NWA biopic hits theaters this Friday and the group who come Straight Outta Compton have been making their rounds at various press outlets. They have covered several music magazines over the last few weeks including Billboard and Rolling Stone. Billboard took things a few steps further by letting Kendrick Lamar interview the members of N.W.A.

What was the hardest part when you were young and first coming to grips with the game?

DJ Yella: Publishing! We didn’t know anything about publishing. The first go-around we didn’t make a nickel.

Dr. Dre: We were just a bunch of creative guys who got together and did something amazing but were clueless about business.

Ice Cube: Business is the most f—ed-up part. It’s always awkward. It’s fun to make records, fun to be in the studio with your homies, fun to get up onstage. But the business part sucks. It’s always some shit you ready to get rid of so you can go back to being creative.

Dr. Dre: It’s all about getting back in that studio. The studio is like a drug. It’s hard for some people around me to understand that the music is all I think about. It’s like I’m possessed.

Dr. Dre: You can’t explain that feeling. It’s an obsession. But it’s what makes you real.

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As one of your offspring, anything I do comes from what y’all have done before me. I’m curious to know how you feel about my generation of artists.

MC Ren: I like a few. I like you.

Dr. Dre: You’re No. 1 on my list because of the care and attention you bring to your tracks and the precision you bring to your sound. There are a few people out there I listen to and respect.

MC Ren: Pusha T.

Dr. Dre: Definitely Pusha T.

MC Ren: I’m not saying this because you’re here, Kendrick, but I like your song “Cut You Off.” I’ve been listening to you for a minute.

Check out the interview below.


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MTV’s Sway talked to the Hip Hop’s young bloods Freddie Gibbs and Kendrick about the power of the Ghostwriter.  Of course they didn’t drop any names on who they have written for, but the two MC’s do shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes of  those studio walls.

Even though they didn’t tell who they write for they did talk about a track on Game’s latest album that gives a writers credit to Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole even though neither of them appear on the actual song.

“Yeah, we had some work to do with that,” Kendrick confirmed before explaining the process. “With writer’s credit, it can be anything from a melody, to just an idea thrown into the air. As long as they give you the credit for it, it doesn’t initially have to be the writing though. … I just threw a few ideas in the air.

Tell Hova don’t pass the crown so soon/Unless he got a crown for every writer in the room/There’s too many spirits on these ghost-written tunes/So you can’t crown the heir until you seance the room(c)Pusha T



Pharrell was in the studio with Kendrick Lamar recently, and obviously Skateboard P liked what he heard….

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