It turns out that the rumored N.W.A reunion is happening. It’s just that the surviving members of the legendary rap group aren’t playing shows; they’re simply promoting their new biopic Straight Outta Compton. They already sat down with the movie’s cast and director for a big panel discussion. And now Billboard has had the inspired idea to sit the group down with Kendrick Lamar, possibly the most important rapper to come out of Compton since N.W.A’s heyday. Kendrick was working with Dr. Dre since back before he was signed, and he’s all over Dre’s astonishing new album Compton, so there was already a rapport there. But it’s still fascinating to see the obviously amped-up Kendrick sitting down with them, talking about the group’s legacy, the things that were driving them when they were younger, and their relationship with the late Eazy-E. Watch the 25-minute interview below.
Straight Outta Compton is in theaters on Friday. Read the interview at Billboard.