*As producers of the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” continue to celebrate the critical success of the film, including it raking in over $100 million at the domestic box office since its release two weeks ago, the women from the sordid past of one of the film’s producers continue to speak out publicly about his history of violence.
Dr. Dre’s former love and baby momma, Michel’le, is all types of ‘chile, bye’ about his apology to the women he has abused, including herself. Dre addressed his past in a statement to The New York Times:
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again. I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”
In an interview with 5Live radio’s Dotun Adebayo, Michel’le said, “I don’t really think it’s a sincere apology.” She continued: “I didn’t ask for a public apology and I think if he is going to apologize he should do it individually. To just group us like we are nothing and nobody—I just don’t think it’s sincere, treat us like we have names. He’s selling a movie. I just think it’s good PR at the moment.”
Dee Barnes, the hip-hop journalist who Dre beat up at a party in 1991, previously penned an essay about the incident for Gawker. Now in a new essay for the website, she says she’s grateful for the rapper’s public apology last week. She wrote how people had responded to Dre’s apology by questioning his motives.
“Is this is a PR move by Universal, which released Straight Outta Compton?… Is it damage control by Apple, which can no longer ignore that if you take the ‘Beats by Dre’ logo and remove the ‘s,’ you get a double entendre describing several woman he just apologized to?” Barnes wrote. “Is Dre himself really remorseful or just saving face? To me, the answers to these questions matter less than the fact that Dre stepped up and performed his social responsibility by finally taking accountability for his actions.”
“Who cares why he apologized?” Barnes continued. “The point is that he did. Dr. Dre has matured, and the women he’s hurt, including myself, have endured. I’m proud to be able to say goodbye to the man who at one point was straight outta fucks to give, as he consistently dismissed and disrespected any mention of his assault history.”
Read Dee’s full essay here.