N.W.A. Will Not Perform At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction
Tonight (April 8), N.W.A. will be inducted into Cleveland, Ohio’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Ice Cube has announced that they will not perform.
“Nah, we’re not performing,” Ice Cube told The New York Times. “I guess we really didn’t feel like we were supported enough to do the best show we could put on,” Cube, who previously hinted at performing with N.W.A. and Westside Connection at 2016’s Coachella Festival, said the organizers were not able to scale the significance of the moment. “We wanted to do it on a whole other level, and that just couldn’t happen.” The group has been confirmed to be inducted by Kendrick Lamar. The event will air on HBO on April 30.
Cube did thank organizers. “We wanted to do it on a whole other level, and that just couldn’t happen. But we’re totally honored, humbled and appreciative to the Hall for even just considering us, inducting us and inviting us.”
Although group leader Eazy-E died in 1995, the living members of N.W.A. are all expected to attend tonight’s ceremonies. Presumably, this includes Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. As has become part of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame tradition, it may also include onetime member Arabian Prince, who was notably not depicted in 2015 record-breaking biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
Cleveland, as it were, is the birthplace and hometown of former N.W.A. manager and Ruthless Records executive Jerry Heller. Eazy’s former business partner is presently suing Dre, Cube, and Eazy’s widow for an estimated $110 million. Heller believes his own Ruthless memoir was not properly credited as basis for the Straight Outta Compton film.
Other 2016 inductees Cheap Trick have confirmed a reunion performance at the induction, with ex-drummer Bun E. Carlos on the Howard Stern Show.
The rest of the 2016 inductees include Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller, and Bert Berns.