N.W.A. fans will have to wait a little longer for the world's most dangerous group to reunite. The pioneering hip-hop group have shelved plans to release their long-awaited reunion album anytime soon, after early sessions for the LP yielded disappointing results, Dr. Dre said Thursday.See Also:
"We got a couple things down, nothing that I'm happy with, so they don't mean anything," Dre told Sonicnet.com. The group was unable to continue working on an N.W.A album, because its members were all due on other projects, he also said.
"The status of N.W.A right now remains in limbo, because everybody that's supposed to be a part of this record has their own careers, and they're out doing their things. [Ice] Cube is working on a big special-effect movie, Snoop [Dogg] has a record coming out and is gonna promote that, and I'm working with my new artists, trying to do my thing. I have no idea when that record's gonna happen, or if it's gonna happen."
Dre, Cube and M.C. Ren are the only members from the original N.W.A lineup, while Snoop Dogg was subbing for the late MC Eazy-E, who died in 1995 of complications from AIDS. The revamped group made its debut in March at a Farmclub.com taping. Founded in 1986, N.W.A provided a template for gangsta rap with 1989's "Straight Outta Compton." The group fell apart when Dre left for a solo career in 1992. With this incarnation of N.W.A sidelined, Dre is busy working on new projects for his Aftermath label, having recently signed hip-hop vet Rakim, as well as newcomer Shari Watson, who calls herself Truth Hurts. The rapper/producer is helping the St. Louis songstress ready her debut album, "Ain't That the Truth?"
"I've been looking for a female singer for about eight years now, and I finally found [her]," Dre said. "We've been working really hard to make her stuff come out proper, and we're gonna change the course of music again. I can't even call it R&B, cause R&B is rap's bitch. It's some other sh--. It's somethin' else. It's singing to my rhythm, and it's definitely gonna make everybody that's out there doing R&B music go back in the studio and rethink and do their sh-- over press erase." Dre said he's equally excited about Rakim's Aftermath debut, which they'll likely begin work on in January. The LP will be called "Oh My God." "I've always been a fan of Rakim; I've always bought every record twice," Dre said. "He's been one of the reasons why I'm still in hip-hop" today. So for me to be able to work with him is a straight-up blessing. I'm just grateful. I'm gonna step into the studio and make this the best record that I've ever made."
In addition to his Aftermath projects, Dre celebrated the upcoming DVD/VHS release of "Up in Smoke: the Concert Film" at a party in Santa Monica, Calif., on Thursday night. The film, which will be released Dec. 19, features live footage from this summer's Up in Smoke Tour. The tour featured Dre, Cube, Snoop, Eminem and a host of other rappers. "A lot of people were saying we'd do one or two shows until the violence comes in and shuts it down," Dre said about the tour. "We kept it well-organized and professional, and at the end we proved everybody wrong. I think that was a big accomplishment for hip-hop, because it was no more, no less than a hip-hop show. That's all we set our minds to do straight-up, hardcore hip-hop, sell out arenas and keep it peaceful. That's a very difficult thing to do, and we pulled it off."
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