Dr. Dre and Ice Cube cover the latest issue of ROLLING STONE where they open up about their hit biopic Straight Outta Compton, and Dre owns up to claims that he’s abused women in the past.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, on stands Friday, senior writer Brian Hiatt chats it with with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, as well as the other surviving members of N.W.A, M.C. Ren and DJ Yella.
The in-depth profile goes deep into the wild story of the world’s most dangerous hip-hop group (much like the F. Gary Gray-directed biopic Straight Outta Compton) while seeking to address one of the most-controversial aspects of Dr. Dre’s personal life: claims of domestic abuse.
The film (which we saw the advanced screening of on Monday and it is EVERYTHING) completely avoids any storylines involving domestic abuse (his ex Michel’le has also been vocal about his abusive ways towards her) that were previously reported, and many folks take isse with that. Dre does open up a bit about it in Rolling Stone.
While he does not OUTRIGHT admit to hitting women, his statement about making “mistakes” in his past is pretty clear. It happened…..and he says it will never happen again. Peep the interview highlights:
DR DRE on allegations he attacked Dee Barnes & Michel’le: “I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life,” says Dre. “I was young, fucking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true – some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”
DR. DRE on his public persona: “I have social anxiety. I don’t like being in the spotlight, so I made a fucking weird career choice.” He laughs. “That’s the reason for my mystique and why I’m so secluded and why everybody knows nothing about me. I think it added to the character in the movie because people get a chance to see behind the curtain.”
ICE CUBE on making Straight Outta Compton: “You had to see why we did the music. You know, not just ‘we were young, angry niggas out of South Central,’ but why did we make those kind of records? We were living in the middle of dope dealing, gangbanging, police brutality, fucking Reaganomics, and there was nowhere to escape.”
ICE CUBE on NWA’s lyrical treatment of women: “If you’re a bitch, you’re probably not going to like us,” he says. “If you’re a ho, you probably don’t like us. If you’re not a ho or a bitch, don’t be jumping to the defense of these despicable females. Just like I shouldn’t be jumping to the defense of no punks or no cowards or no slimy son of a bitches that’s men. I never understood why an upstanding lady would even think we’re talking about her.”
ICE CUBE on providing much-needed context for N.W.A’s songs: “You had to see why we did the music. You know, not just ‘we were young, angry niggas out of South Central,’ but why did we make those kind of records? We were living in the middle of dope dealing, gangbanging, police brutality, fucking Reaganomics, and there was nowhere to escape.”
Watch Straight Outta Compton stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell talk about their favorite N.W.A songs:
Photos via Mark Seliger