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Three of N.W.A.’s surviving members — Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and MC Ren — reunited late last month at the BET Experience in Los Angeles. The group’s performance, their first together in 26 years, came in support of F. Gary Gray’s forthcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. As it turns out, that may have been only the beginning of a larger reunion.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures is actively plotting an N.W.A. reunion tour, one which would feature Eminem filling in for the late Eazy-E. The plan is for the jaunt to take place in Europe to coincide with the film’s August 14th release.
“We don’t have anything settled yet with everyone’s schedules,” Universal head Donna Langley told THR of the studio’s grand plan. “But we think it can create a lot of buzz.”
Update – 10:00 a.m.: A rep for Dr. Dre and Eminem disputes the report, telling Rolling Stone that the pair have no plans to tour together either solo or with N.W.A.
Though Eminem was just 14 years old when N.W.A. formed in 1986, his involvement in a possible reunion does make sense. He’s been a longtime collaborator of Dr. Dre, and is also set to appear on the film’s accompanying soundtrack.
The Hollywood Reporter story also includes extensive details about the making of the film and interviews with both Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. Both men specifically comment on the on-set incident in which Suge Knight ran over and killed a man. You can read the full article here.
Below, watch the latest trailer for Straight Outta Compton.