NWA: Where are they now?
After N.W.A. Dre went on to become a “rap mogul.” He is credited with discovering Snoop Dog, Eminem and launching other careers.
In 2008 Dre partnered with Monster Audio to launch his own line of headphones, Beats by Dre, which was bought by Apple. Today Dre is worth an estimated $700 million.
Ice Cube went on to have a solo rap career and is today considered one of the top 10 MCs of all time according to MTV. He’s famous for storytelling in his music.
He has also had a successful film career as both an actor and producer. Most recently, he served as one of the producers of the Showtime television series Barbershop and the TBS series Are We There Yet?, both of which are based on films he’s starred in.
“The godfather of gangster rap,” Eric Wright, died of complications from AIDS in 1995. His death, along with Magic Johnson’s coming out as HIV positive, are seen as pivotal moments for raising awareness of HIV as a public health concern.
The former N.W.A. member is in his mid-40s, living in Palm Springs and still making music. He put out a new album “Rebel Music” in 2014.
“My house is filled with boxes of books. I read [about] everything from subatomic particles to Egyptology. I’m practically a historian,” Ren says. “I know so much shit that motherfuckers would think I’m crazy if I said everything that I’ve learned.”
Antoine Carraby was a founding member of N.W.A. He went on to direct over 300 adult films. He recently retired from porn and went back to DJing.
“You know, I wasn’t a rapper, never wanted to be a rapper…That wasn’t my style. I like being quiet and just having fun,” said Yella.