Ice Cube has announced that he, MC Ren, and DJ Yella will reunite as N.W.A for the first time in over two decades. The reunion will take place on June 27 as part of the BET Experience at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, a series of events that occurs the weekend of the BET Awards.
Ice Cube told Rolling Stone that it’ll be the first time he’s performed with DJ Yella since 1989. (He and MC Ren performed together in 2000.)
“It’s just gonna be one of those ‘I wish I were there in L.A. nights,’” he told Rolling Stone. “And we’re gonna rock that shit, no problem.”
During his Rolling Stone interview, Ice Cube said that Dr. Dre isn’t scheduled to participate in the reunion. “You know, if you wish upon a star, you never know,” he said. “You never know. It’s like, I hope he blesses us with his presence. But if not, I’ve been rockin’ for a long time without anybody. So whoever shows up, I’m still gonna rock. Whoever don’t show up, we still gonna rock.”
N.W.A.’s other core member, Eazy-E, died in 1995.
Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock are also scheduled to perform at the BET Experience that night.