Kurupt & Miguel Team Up for an N.W.A. Tribute…Kind Of (Video)
This summer belongs to N.W.A. in many ways. With the Straight Outta Compton movie storming into theaters next month, the news about the legendary group’s reunion tour, and the proliferation of press and media attention, the direct references to their legacy are almost inescapable. However, not all of the references are as clear and direct, and now Miguel has subtly paid homage to the group on his recently delivered Wildheart.
Track 5 is called “NWA” and features longtime West Coast MC Kurupt, a member of Tha Dogg Pound, who was signed to Death Row Records in the early ’90s, leading him to do extensive work with former N.W.A. member Dr. Dre. He was also involved in the feud between Ruthless Records (founded by Eazy E) and Death Row, in which his loyalties lay with the latter. While not an N.W.A. member or even affiliate, Kurupt’s appearance on Miguel’s single contributes some bonafide West Coast O.G. quality to the song.
The track is written for the women who love “Niggas With Attitude,”and is a raunchy, oozy sexual overture now accompanied by a music video. Set in Los Angeles, California it offers up a few visual cues that serve as a nod to the imagery associated with N.W.A. Kurupt is seen driving a classic old ride, cruising the city in that distinctly Los Angeles way; seat all the way back, his hat tilted low, he swoops up his little homie and the two drive away. At the very end, yet another classic L.A. visual is used, as a kid on a bicycle hits the corner and begins cruising towards the camera. Check it out.