N.W.A.’s Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella Reunited for the First Time in Decades

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At this weekend's BET Experience in Los Angeles, three core members of the seminal rap outfit N.W.A. reunited and performed their iconic anthem "Fuck Tha Police." The group was around from 1986 to 1991 (Ren replaced Arabian Prince in 1988), and last night was the first time the outfit had performed together in more than two decades — Ice Cube hadn’t performed with Yella since 1989 and with MC Ren since 2000. Dr. Dre, however, didn’t show up. The other main member, Easy-E, died in 1995.

Ice Cube said he hopes the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray, will inspire Dre to make music again and reunite with his former group. Not everyone is happy with the movie, though, as MC Ren has voiced his displeasure on Twitter regarding the film’s first trailer, in which his character has a minute role:

You can watch last night’s performance, as well as the trailer for the film, below: