The NWA Member Turned Pornographer #Outta_ComptonApril 20, 2019
Memories like that come flooding back to Yella as he talks up Straight Outta Compton , the sprawling saga of how N.W.A exploded from the streets of South Central Los Angeles with aggressive rap polemics like “Fuck Tha Police,” “Gangsta Gangsta,” and of course, “Straight Outta Compton.”
Making the movie alongside producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre (Yella earned a consultant credit, as did Ren) brought the fivesome’s often tempestuous shared history back to life, including bitter rivalries and beefs that went unaddressed for years—as well as the tragedies that brought them together.
“When we were on the bus [and heard about the death of] Dre’s brother—that happened on the first night on the tour, I remember,” Yella recalled.
Like every major sea change in his life, Yella’s passions have coincided with different chapters in the history of N.W.A since the group rose to fame decades ago straight outta the streets of South Central Los Angeles.
Ice Cube and MC Ren completed the quintet and over the course of six weeks in 1987, the group recorded their incendiary debut album, Straight Outta Compton , in a studio in Torrance.
When things turned hostile after Dre left Ruthless for Suge Knight’s Death Row Records, Eazy issued the homophobic diss track “Real Muthaphukkin’ G’s” squarely at Dre (“all of the sudden Dr. Dre is the G thang; but on his old album covers he was a she-thang”).
“[I said,] ‘I’ll get back wit’ you.’ And I’ve never answered him to this day.
“A ladies man,” Yella laughs, cracking a bashful smile.
Was the young Yella not that sex-crazed back then, I ask?
Yella dove headfirst into the XXX game while still making music, buying cameras and editing equipment and eventually directing what he estimates to be over 300 adult films, including the hood-themed H.W.A.
“When we were on the bus Dre’s brother—that happened on the first night on the tour, I remember,” Yella recalled. “I’d forgotten all about it. That was a hard scene, but the hospital scene definitely was. It was just so real looking. Wow.”
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