Friday, May 20, 2022

Dr. Dre Addresses Abusive Past: ‘I Paid for Those Mistakes’

"Straight Outta Compton"
Dr. Dre and his wife Nicole Young

*Dr. Dre’s history of domestic violence with women has been a topic of discussion as the release of the N.W.A biopic nears. Dre has been silent on the issue, causing many to wonder if his dark past would be addressed in the movie.

As it turns out, Dre’s violent history with a former lover and a female reporter are not mentioned in “Straight Outta Compton,” and fans, as well as anti-abuse advocates, want to know why – with many calling for a boycott of the movie.

Dre is finally speaking out about his past as an abuser of women. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Dre said:

“I made some f*cking horrible mistakes in my life. I was young, f*cking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true – some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really f*cked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”

This admission led the interviewer to ask about the group’s lyrical content, specifically the words “bitch” and “ho” to reference women:

“If you’re a bitch, you’re probably not going to like us,” Ice Cube said. “If you’re a ho, you probably don’t like us. If you’re not a ho or a bitch, don’t be jumping to the defense of these despicable females. Just like I shouldn’t be jumping to the defense of no punks or no cowards or no slimy son of a bitches that’s men. I never understood why an upstanding lady would even think we’re talking about her.”

Do you agree with Cube? We happen to co-sign with this writer over at The Grio who said:

“The whole problem with the words like “bitch” and “ho” is that they’re never reserved for a “certain type of women.” Eventually, they can apply to anyone with a vagina. And it’s not long before “bitch” and “ho” are synonymous with any “woman” or “girl” who’s not your mother or daughter. When men constantly use those words, many of them start to view the women as less-than, mere objects.”

Ice Cube told the publication that he wanted the movie to provide some context for N.W.A’s songs:

“You had to see why we did the music. You know, not just ‘we were young, angry niggas out of South Central,’ but why did we make those kind of records? We were living in the middle of dope dealing, gangbanging, police brutality, f*cking Reaganomics, and there was nowhere to escape.”

Despite Dre and Cube’s combined success in the 20 years since N.W.A, critics of the group will continue assert that the downfall of conscious hip hop occurred when Niggaz Wit Attitudes hit the scene in 1989.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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