Posts Tagged ‘N.W.A.’

Kiss vs nwaIt has been quite a long time since the last time we did a When Metal Bands Fight: A Rock And Metal News Special Report and we have a unique one for all of you. Whether you have npticed it or not, there has been a battle that has been waged since the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame allowed it’s first rap/hip hop group Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five into it back in 2007. The hall has since inducted Run DMC, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, and now N.W.A.. Should there be a line drawn in the sand when it comes to who is inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame and what makes someone rock and roll anyways? What is the criteria for someone to be considered rock and roll since you have Metal bands, punk rock bands, Southern Rock, blues, R&B, alternative, and so many more in the hall of fame right now. Should hip hop groups even be allowed into the hall of fame? Well, if you ask Gene Simmons of Kiss what he thinks about it, he’ll tell you, “I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody. Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.” Those were the words that usher the next phrase in, “shots fired.”

nwaN.W.A., the most notorious group that single handledly created the genre Gangsta Rap seemed to disagree about that this past Friday during the rock and roll hall of fame induction ceremony. MC Ren was the first member of the group to fire a shot back at Gene Simmons when he said, “I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever — get used to it.” Ice Cube would come up to the mic next and after thanking who he had to thank addressed the crowd about what makes something rock and roll. He said, “The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?’ and I say ‘You g–damn right we rock ‘n’ roll!’ Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument — rock ‘n’ roll is not even a style of music. Rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit! A spirit that’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal, punk rock, and, yes, hip-hop!” He continues, “And what connects us all is that spirit — that’s what connects us all is that spirit. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock ‘n’ roll and that is us. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming, rock ‘n’ roll is outside the box and rock ‘n’ roll is N.W.A.

kissIt didn’t take long for the always controversial and opinionated Gene Simmons to fire a shot back at N.W.A. when he took to Twitter saying, “Respectfully– let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then you’ll have a point. @icecube.” You can’t deny that Ice Cube makes a great point as far as what he is saying, but I kind of disagree with him a little on the idea that rock and roll is not a style because it actually is. It died the day the music died because no one in this world has been rock and roll since then in my opinion. Everyone has been a form of it in one way or another (just my opinion). With that being said, I disagree with Gene Simmons on the notion of who should be in and who shouldn’t. If you’re going to have a hall that includes the likes of ABBA, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols. Guns N Roses, Madonna, Albert King, and Parliament-Funkadelic to name a few then why not N.W.A. and the others? You guys decide if they should be in or not and what makes them rock and roll or not?

2016 rock hall.pngThe rock and roll hall of fame from time to time has shown us how off they are at recognizing who belongs and when they deserve to get in. Guns N Roses, Metallica, Van Halen, and Green Day were all inducted into the hall of fame before Deep Purple and Cheap Trick. If it weren’t for bands like them, none of these bands would be around. For years, the hall had snubbed acts like Rush and Kiss inducting these bands way after the time they were eligible to be placed in. This year, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame made up for some hefty mistakes as they finally inducted Deep Purple and Cheap Trick into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016. It has been a long time coming for a band that has had so many members and so many amazing albums over the years n Deep Purple. Along with the two, the Hall also inducted Gangster Rap pioneers N.W.A., Steve Miller, and Chicago.

maxresdefault.jpgIt’s kind of ironic how Deep Purple was in the news before the announcement talking about the Hall Of Fame and now they’re in. Ian Paice, the drummer for Deep Purple recently spoke about being inducted saying, “I knew it would probably happen one day. I do appreciate how difficult it probably was for them to do it with so many lineups, so many different members. It’s a minefield, really. I suppose it’s rather nice.” That’s Ian Paice being optimistic, but earlier in the week he suggested it could be chaotic when the band members step on stage. He spoke about what could happen on stage saying, “You also have to bear in mind, that if some people are inducted together, it could end in a punch-up. I don’t need to tell anyone certain key members and former members of this band do not get on. Personally, I think they would be better off inducting us individually. That avoids the problem.” Nevertheless, he is happy about the induction as we are as well. When asked if Ritchie Blackmore would be there, Ian said this, “That’s questionable. He can confuse you sometimes. You think he’ll do one thing and he’ll do the other. I wouldn’t put money either way on that one.”

PaiceyWhat Line up will be inducted, well here is what Loudwire.com pointed out about all the different incarnations of Deep Purple, “Before splitting up in 1976, there were famously four incarnations of the band, labeled MK I, II, III and IV. MK I included singer Rod Evans and scored hits with covers like “Hush” and “Kentucky Woman,” II was the most successful including frontman Ian Gillan, III saw the entrance of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes and IV experienced the departure of Ritchie Blackmore and a one-off album with guitarist Tommy Bolin who died of an overdose before the band folded. The MK II lineup reunited in 1984 and famously stormed back withPerfect Strangers. Deep Purple have undergone several lineup changes since, but still remain active on tour and in the studio.” I’ll be interested to see where the drama leads us before April 8, 2016 when the bands are inducted. Stay tuned for more info as it comes.

As promised, here is your second Soundtrack Saturday track of the day and this is the one we are doing in memory of France. I had a hard time looking rock tracks from French soundtracks when I cam across an artist that I recognized in Cut Killer, a DJ from France. In 1995, Cut Killer provided a track for the soundtrack to the film La Haine and the song is called Nique La Police (which translates into F*** The Police). The film itself follows three men the day after a violent riot in the streets of Paris so you can imagine why this song was cut for the film. The film features samples from various tracks and even includes some samples from N.W.A.’s most controversial song as well as the sequel to that track Sa Prize (Part 2) which was featured on the 100 Miles and Runnin’ EP. The track in my opinion is very good and you have to either be into Hip Hop or the DJ art form in order to truly appreciate this track. Nevertheless, I am thinking of the people of Paris and my thoughts and prayers are with all of them as they try to recover from the horrific events that took place yesterday (November 11, 2015). Check out the track below:

straight-outta-compton--Long-Sleeve-ShirtsYesterday I ventured to the movie theaters to see a film that I had been waiting for someone to make for a very long time. It had been a while since I did a Based On A Truesday (play on the words True and Tuesday) Story post and I figured Straight Outta Compton was the perfect piece to return with. The film is about the rise and fall of one of the greatest hip groups in the world in N.W.A. It was the group that featured the greatest rappers Compton had to offer at the time in Dr. Dre (played by Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (played by O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.), and MC Ren (played by Aldis Hodge). The group changed the way rap was done back int he late 80’s to ealry 90’s and the film chronicles their struggle to put Compton on the map to their rise to fame and eventual downfall. The film also stars Paul Giamatti (American Splendor) as Jerry Heller, Marlon Yates Jr. as The Doc, R. Marcos Taylor (Dead Man Down) as Suge Knight, Keith Stanfield (The Purge: Anarchy) as Snoop Dogg, Carra Patterson (Why Did I Get Married Too) as Tomica Wright, Marcc Rose as Tupac, Mark Sherman as Jimmy Iovine, and the film was directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday).

watch-straight-outta-compton-n-w-a-biopic-movie-red-band-trailer-videoThis has to be by far the movie of the year or at least one of the greatest biopics ever made on the history of this earth. I literally had goosebumps while I was watching the film remembering the rise of rap.Hip Hop and what a beautiful thing it was to watch. I think every guy did a good job playing the role they were given especially Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. who was given the role of a lifetime. The only complaint that I have about the film is the fact that they diminished MC Ren’s role in all of this like he wasn’t that important of a person in the group. I feel like MC Ren had more of a role in the beginnings of the group, but his role in the film is minimal at best. I get it hat the most important ones out of all of them were Dre, Eazy, and Ice Cube who all enjoyed major success in life. The one thing the film reminds you is how sad it was that we never had the N.W.A. reunion that we all deserved as it was about to be set up until Eazy-E passed away. Everyone from top to bottom did an amazing job in this film as it felt so real and you almost felt like you wee there at the exact moment in time that it was happening. I did want to also mention that R. Marcos Taylor did an amazing job capturing who Suge Knight was and I don’t know who Marcc Rose is, but will someone sign him up for a Tupac biopic already cause it was scary how much he looked like Tupac. This film deserves to be an Oscar contender and if it’s not then we all know the Academy had no idea what there jobs are. I am going to give the film an A+ for a final grade because it kicked so much butt it kicked ass.

o-STRAIGHT-OUTTA-COMPTON-facebookYou shouldn’t be surprised that I decided to cover a rap album for the album of the week since I have already covered ones from Eazy-E and Eminem before. On Friday August 14TH, the world will finally get to see a biopic on one of the world’s most dangerous groups in N.W.A. called Straight Outta Compton. It was the album that introduced the world to hip hop heavyweights Dr. Dre and Ice Cube as well as introduce us to Gangsta Rap. On August 9TH, 1988, the group made up of the aforementioned Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella who made up the group which stood for Niggaz Wit Attitudes. It was an album that would change the world forever as they group told gritty stories about growing up on the hard streets of Compton, CA and the album was released on Eazy-E’s own label Ruthless Records. The album literally would scare the crap out of kids from the suburbs who had no idea that things like this actually happened somewhere in America. The album’s lyrics raised so many eyebrows that Washington Post critic David Mills wrote, “The hard-core street rappers defend their violent lyrics as a reflection of ‘reality.’ But for all the gunshots they mix into their music, rappers rarely try to dramatize that reality — a young man flat on the ground, a knot of lead in his chest, pleading as death slowly takes him in. It’s easier for them to imagine themselves pulling the trigger.” The album to date is still the ban’s highest selling album as it sold over 3 million copies and went double platinum. The album also peaked at number 37 on the US Billboards Top LP’s chart.

NWA-Straight_Outta_Compton-Trasera1. Straight Outta Compton– That title track that kicks everything off teaching us about the horrors of being on the streets of Compton courtesy of Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E. The track itself features samples of Jame Brown, Funkadelic, Wilson Picket and more. 5/5

2. Fuck Tha Police– The track starts off with the group in court as Judge Dr. Dre gives each of them a chance to state their case against police brutality on this track that was said to incite the LA Riots. Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E once again rap on this record. 5/5

3. Gangsta Gangsta– The track that speaks about the dangers of the streets of South Central and Compton, but how appealing the Gangsta lifestyle is. The first three verses are delivered by Ice Cube with the final one by Eazy-E. 4/5

4. If It Ain’t Ruff– This was always one of my favorite tracks on the album because it was MC Ren’s solo chance on the album as he shows off his rapping skills. 5/5

5. Parental Discretion Iz Advised– The track features The Doc on the opening of the song before Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E take over the rest of the song. 4/5

nwa-e13256023452746. 8 Ball (Remix)– This is the solo Eazy-E track on the record written by Ice Cube and features a lot of samples from The Beastie Boys and is a remix of the track from N.W.A. and The Posse album. 4/5

7. Something Like That– This track features Dr. Dre and Mc Ren taking the mic as they introduce themselves to you on the record. 4/5

8. Express Yourself– This was the radio friendly track on the record that also saw the music video play on MTV in this Dr. Dre solo track about being free to fully express yourself/ They remix the Charles Wright & The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band’s track Express Yourself because Eazy-E was the nephew of Charles Wright. 4/5

9. Compton’s n the House (Remix)– Another remix from the N.W.A. and The Posse album that once again features Dr. Dre and MC Ren as they rep the City Of Compton. 4/5

10- I Ain’t tha 1– This is the solo Ice Cube track on the record that shows Ice Cube’s lyrical genius to the sample of Brass Construction’s The Message (The Inspiration) about the troubles of having a women, etc. 5/5

11. Dopeman (Remix)– Another remix of an N.W.A. and The Posse track with Ice Cube and Eazy-E handling this track about a drug dealer who gets pampered. 4/5

12. Quiet on tha Set– The other solo MC Ren track that samples everything from Straight Outta Compton to Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane. 4/5

13. Something 2 Dance 2– This is the last track on the record and features one time member Arabian Prince performing along with DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E. It has that old school 80’s hip hop feel to it that was sure to be a song played in the clubs. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Unfortunately, shortly after the release of the record, Ice Cube would take off during to a money dispute and the two sides would battle. This is still one of the most amazing debuts from a band that changed the culture and that is why I loved N.W.A. because they started something. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade. B sure to check out the film Straight Outta Compton when it hits theaters everywhere Friday August 14TH and check out our Facebook page here and like the page.

rsd15-630x420This year Dave Grohl was the official ambassador for the annual Record Store Day, a event that celebrates how great and amazing record stores once were back in the day. It’s a day that get’s people off of their computers and into an actual record store where you see all the amazing vinyls, CD’s, and in today’s case a couple of cassettes. This was what I believe to be the fourth record store day that I have gone to and the second in a row that I have attended and it was fun. I showed up to my local Newbury Comics where there was already a line of people waiting outside of the store so I was a little worried that I wasn’t going to get what I wanted the most which was the Metallica No Life Till Leather Demo Cassette and the 7″ When The Stillness Comes Slayer vinyl. When I first entered the store, I panicked because I couldn’t find the Slayer record, but I immediately located the Metallica demo cassette and I was ok with that for that moment. The second Item I picked up was the side by side 7″ Vinyl of Syd Barrett doing Dark Globe one one side and R.E.M. doing the track on the other side. The third item I located was the In This Moment pink 7″ vinyl release of Sex Metal Barbie and then after searching high and low, I finally located my prize possession which was the Slayer vinyl. My day was finally complete, but I picked up a couple more things along the way like the Stone Sour EP on vinyl of Meanwhile In Burbank and N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton on Cassette and some freebies as I was walking out the door. While it was a quick and expensive event, it was well worth the trip and my support of independent record stores everywhere. Go to yours and check it out for yourself.

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