Ice Cube promised he would reunite his legendary group mates N.W.A. at Coachella this year and while last weekend during the Indio, California music festivals first weekend he united all living members of the group minus Dr. Dre, in his second headlining weekend for the festival he was finally able to have the incomparable D.R.E. join fellow groups mates MC Ren and DJ Yella.
Delivering a full N.W.A. reunion with the surviving member’s of the “World’s Most Dangerous Group,” Cube had many fans sort of down after not bringing the full reunion he had promised in the first weekend, last weekend. After surviving members Cube, Ren and Yella, who had performed “Straight Outta Compton,” I don’t think many fans thought the full reunion would still happen, but they got the surprise of Dre finally surfacing to make the full reunion complete.
While I’m sure some fans were still disappointed because the group didn’t perform together as a group, but were still on stage for a portion of the set. I’m sure a lot of fans were still ecstatic to at least see the group, who were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier in the month be together yet again.
A lot were probably just happy to finally see Dre, who rarely makes any appearances too and gave fans a great performance by going into his a medley of his own material, which included verses from the Jay-Z penned “Still D.R.E.” and his Tupac collaboration “California Love,” which really brought the crowd even more into it.
The only non-living member of N.W.A., Eazy-E, who passed from AIDS in 1995 was their, even if only in spirit too, as the late rapper/mogul’s son, Lil Eazy-E came out to perform his late father’s all-time classic “Boyz N the Hood.”
If that wasn’t enough Cube kept the theme of Westcoast Gangsta Rap and current Westcoast Hip-Hop greats going throughout the show, as he welcomed everybody from Snoop Dogg to The Game, Kendrick Lamar and longtime fellow Westside Connection groupmate W.C. all during parts of his set. From the looks of it, a very spectacular set that I’m sure will be remembered for years to come.