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The first weekend of Coachella 2016 teased audience members with a nearly-full N.W.A reunion, but ultimately it fell short. Weekend two did not disappoint. During Ice Cube’s 9:05 PM set, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and finally, Dr. Dre performed together on songs like “Still Dre” (though Snoop Dogg was absent for his role in the track) and “California Love,” among others.
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Ice Cube’s first guest appearance came from Southland native The Game, who performed his career-making 2003 hit and debut single, “Westside Story.” Hailing from Compton, it only made sense that he would appear with one of the rappers that pioneered the Southern California gangsta-rap sound.
Next up came DJ Yella and MC Ren, an appearance that felt expected considering their performance during the first weekend of Coachella. They performed “Boyz in the Hood,” a solo track from deceased N.W.A. member Eazy-E alongside his son Lil Eazy-E (aka Eric Wright Jr.). When Eazy’s son left the stage, DJ Yella, MC Ren, Ice Cube remained to perform “Fuck the Police.” Then, the moment everyone had waited for came: Dr. Dre made his way on stage and for the first time since 1989, the remaining living members of pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A . performed on a stage together.
It actually shouldn’t come as a huge shock that this reunion would finally occur at Coachella in 2016. As Ice Cube said earlier this year, he wants to “Give everybody a little history lesson on Ice Cube and N.W.A., West Side Connection…”
As if that was not enough for hip-hop fan’s hearts to handle, Ice Cube had more tricks up his sleeve. After the N.W.A. members left the stage, the heir-apparent to the Los Angeles rap throne performed a pair of tracks with Ice Cube. The second song the pair performed was “Alright,” the fourth single from his landmark, critically-acclaimed third studio album To Pimp a Butterfly.
UDPATE (4/24/2016): Check out footage of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella together on stage at Coachella 2016.