I may be Straight Outta the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, but I’d be totally hopeless were I not aware of how historically significant ’80s/’90s legends N.W.A. are to hip-hop and politically charged art in general (lord knows we need that now more than ever). On our latest episode of Celebrity Playlist, Marlon Yates Jr. from Straight Outta Compton discusses how culturally significant the West Coast group continue to be in 2015, and curates a playlist of artists who carry on the aesthetic and civic tradition of N.W.A.
Yates Jr. plays the role of The D.O.C. who was essentially a ghostwriter for the original N.W.A. lineup (funny, considering the Meek Mill v. Drake Beef that eclipsed social media for the last week and a half). Thanks to The D.O.C., we have a myriad of memorable lyrics delivered by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and Eazy-E.
With the significance of lyrical impact in mind, Marlon and I talked about a few different artists who, in his mind, carry the N.W.A. torch in contemporary Hip-Hop. Among the rappers we discuss are Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, and J. Cole. Check the video above to see which tracks make the cut, and to hear how hip-hop has affected Marlon’s life since he was a kid.
Striaght Outta Compton hits theaters August 14.