"This Is Bigger Than Me and Bigger Than Hip-Hop": Dee Barnes Responds to Dr. Dre’s Public Apology

On Friday, three days after Gawker ran Dee Barnes’s essay “Here’s What’s Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up,” the New York Times ran a piece that included an official apology from Dr. Dre addressed to “the woman I’ve hurt.” Barnes’s response to Dre’s apology is below. »8/24/15 4:23pm8/24/15 4:23pm

Here's What's Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up

On January 27, 1991, at a record-release party for the rap duo Bytches With Problems in Hollywood, producer/rapper/then-N.W.A. member Dr. Dre brutally attacked Dee Barnes, the host of a well-known Fox show about hip-hop called Pump It Up! Dre was reportedly angry about a Pump It Up! segment hosted by Barnes that aired… »8/18/15 4:03pm8/18/15 4:03pm

Dr. Dre's Ex Has an Idea Why His Abusive Past Didn't Make the NWA Biopic

While reviews for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton have been fairly positive, one prevailing critique is that the narrative conveniently leaves out Dr. Dre’s abusive past. In a recent interview, his ex-fiancée—R&B singer Michel’le—states the obvious in explaining the reason that storyline was neglected. »8/17/15 5:50pm8/17/15 5:50pm

Listen Right Now to Women With Attitude (WWA), a Fire New Rap Supergroup

Old school West Coast rap fans who are also feminists are having a rough month, not that it’s ever been a comfortable position to occupy: Straight Outta Compton, the NWA biopic which drops today, whitewashes the misogyny that comprised a good amount of the seminal rap group’s music and does nothing to mention Dr.… »8/14/15 11:55am8/14/15 11:55am

Remember When Dr. Dre Bashed a Female Journalist’s Face Against a Wall?

In January of 1991, producer/rapper and then-N.W.A. member Andre “Dr. Dre” Young attacked hip-hop journalist Denise “Dee” Barnes in a nightclub. If you hadn’t heard about the incident going into F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which hits theaters in two weeks, you’d leave the theater none the… »7/31/15 4:08pm7/31/15 4:08pm

NWA's Straight Outta Compton Movie May—Or May Not—Tell the Real Story

As a California girl, I grew up in the shadow of NWA even though I was absolutely not allowed to listen to Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E, MC Ren and Yella outside of my headphones. Now the group's biopic Straight Outta Compton is on the way, starring Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father, and from the… »2/10/15 12:00pm2/10/15 12:00pm

Let Gwyneth Paltrow Tell You About How Much She Loves Gangster Rap

Now that they each have their own somewhat pointless "lifestyle" websites, the GOOPy one and the Hova decided to interview each other. Gwynnie takes Jay-Z's questions on his site, while he fields inquiries on hers. And the results are...strange. Who knew Gwyneth had opinions about gangster rap that are both deeply… »4/13/11 5:02pm4/13/11 5:02pm