Ice Cube To Perform With MC Ren & DJ Yella For First Time Since 1989

The N.W.A. storyline is most certainly heating up with Summer. It has been more than 15 years since N.W.A. appeared to reunite care of The Next Friday soundtrack’s “Chin Check” and Ice Cube’s “Hello.” However, while both Priority Records-backed songs were billed to media and fans as N.W.A. hallmarks, the late Eazy-E was not the only band member removed. DJ Yella, N.W.A.’s DJ and co-producer did not join Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren on the 1999 and 2000 moments (one of which also included Snoop Dogg), and also surrounded the famed Up In Smoke Tour.

Yella Boy (along with Ice Cube and MC Ren) will however be present for a June 27 BET Experience At L.A. Live event at the Staples Center. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Cube confirmed that it has been 26 years since he and DJ Yella shared a stage together. Cube could not speak on Yella’s absences at the turn of the millennium. The MC famously dissed his former DJ and other counterparts on 1991’s “No Vaseline,” following N.W.A. attacks on Cube on 1990’s 100 Miles and Runnin’ EP.


While speaking the MC-turned-actor did however, stress the relevance to N.W.A. messages heard on earlier albums like Straight Outta Compton and N.W.A. & The Posse. “[The] same shit’s going on. It doesn’t change with the calendar. So it’s easy. The rage is still there because the problems are still there. I’ve always said what I need to say and that ain’t never gonna change. My personal success is irrelevant to the rhymes I write and what I talk about, how I feel about society.” The multi-platinum artist also stated that he felt “Fuck Tha Police” is just as relevant in 2015 as it was when released in 1988.

Although not a confirmed headliner, Cube did allude to the possibility of Dr. Dre’s participation in the concert. “If you wish upon a star, you never know,” joked Cube, also laughing. “I hope he blesses us with his presence. But if not, I’ve been rockin’ for a long time without anybody.”

The performance will come less than six weeks prior to the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which hits theaters on August 14. Cube, Dre, and Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright are among the film producers. Additionally, the band members have alluded to recording new material for a potential film soundtrack. However, whether or not the music will be released remains in debate.

BET Experience At L.A. Live will also include appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Snoop, and ScHoolboy Q. Other performers at the multi-day event include Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart, Bell Biv Devoe, and The Roots.

Read Rolling Stone‘s full feature with Ice Cube.

Related: Dr. Dre Says Straight Outta Compton Will Clarify N.W.A.’s Perceived Misogyny (Video)