The Most Influential Artists: #4 N.W.A.

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #4. From Compton, California, here…
Al Shipley / December 3, 2020

Hanging Tough: Our April 1990 Interview with N.W.A.

This piece originally appeared in the April 1990 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 30th anniversary of NWA's landmark 1988 album Straight Outta Compton, we're republishing it here.
Frank Owen / August 8, 2018

New Zealand Police Scanner Spammed With N.W.A.’s “Fuck tha Police”

Police in Otago, New Zealand have complained that non-police officers broadcasted N.W.A.'s 1988 hit "Fuck tha Police" multiple times over the local police scanner in recent…
Tosten Burks / January 9, 2018

Jerry Heller Is Dead, But His Lawsuit Against N.W.A. Isn’t

Former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller died of a heart attack last week at age 75. But, according to his lawyer, Heller's lawsuit against former N.W.A. members, movies studios, and other…
Anna Gaca / September 11, 2016

Ice Cube Says He’s “Losing No Sleep” Over Jerry Heller’s Passing

Jerry Heller was instrumental in helping the late Eazy-E form Ruthless Records and overseeing N.W.A's rise. But royalty disputes made Ice Cube leave the group…
Brian Josephs / September 6, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Inducts N.W.A. Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed more hip-hop last night as legendary Compton, California group N.W.A. were officially inducted. Fellow Compton native Kendrick Lamar honored Dr.
Anna Gaca / April 9, 2016