'Original Gangstas' Goes Beneath the Surface of West Coast Rap's Origin Story
Twenty years after Tupac Shakur's murder, Ben Westhoff digs into the legacy that made gangsta rap so fascinating to its listeners—and deadly to its artists.
Purple Reign, Forever: How Prince Influenced Rap Music for All of Eternity
If Lil Wayne and Andre 3000 are two of the most influential artists of the last half-century, Prince is the purple progenitor, the creator of abstruse shades that Crayola could never copy.
"Black Superheroes": Watch Kendrick Induct N.W.A. Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
At Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Lamar delivered an inspiring speech highlighting the influence of the group.
Meet Trap Toys, the Dudes Turning Rappers into Badass Action Figures
Ever wanted to see Eazy E melted down into a plastic figurine, complete with Action Man sized, heart-threatening muscles, guns, and tight y-front pants? Now you can.
A Brief History of N.W.A. Collaborations Post-N.W.A.
If rediscovering 'Straight Outta Compton' this year left you wishing for more N.W.A., there’s good news: More is out there, if you put the mixtape together yourself.
Remembering 'Merry Motherfuckin’ Christmas,' Eazy-E’s Insane Christmas Song That Gave will.i.am His Start
We spoke with will.i.am and the producers behind "Merry Motherfuckin' Christmas" to get the story behind the most ruthless Christmas song of all time.
Why Eazy-E's Death Still Can't Make Hip-Hop Talk About AIDS
Hip-hop's stigma against HIV/AIDs has come to take a back seat to the fact that many of the communities most vulnerable to contracting it simply don’t view it as a problem that affects them.
NWA's Ex-Manager Says the Film Was Even "More Hurtful" Than Hearing Ice Cube's Diss Track in 1991
Speaking about the $110 million lawsuit he's filed against the recent NWA biopic, he also states "I have never had a lobster brunch in my life."
No, Eazy E Did Not Get HIV from a Tainted Acupuncture Needle
Frost's new conspiracy theory is straight outta his ass.
Reflecting on the British Impact of NWA With Giggs, Fekky, and Ghetts
"Back then, I couldn’t believe that people were making statements like that, never mind songs."
Watch Kendrick Lamar Interview Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and MC Ren About N.W.A.
Compton's biggest new star chats with his heroes for 25 full minutes of fascinating talk about their legacy, their start, and their late friend Eazy-E.
An Interview with F. Gary Gray, Director of ‘Straight Outta Compton'
"You can't just google 'N.W.A.' and get these details. You can't experience the brotherhood that you experience in the movie by going on to Wikipedia."