UPDATE: A rep for Dr. Dre and Eminem refuted the original report, telling Rolling Stone that there are currently no plans for a full-on N.W.A. reunion.
Last month, three remaining members of N.W.A., Ice Cube, DJ Yella and MC Ren, reunited to perform some of their classic rap hits at the BET Experience. The group’s Los Angeles performance was their first in over two and a half decades, and was assumed to be in support of the forthcoming biopic about the group Straight Outta Compton, aptly titled in reference to the iconic 1988 album that ignited N.W.A.’s road to hip-hop royalty.
And now, it seems that the show could have been the first of many as plans of a full-blown tour coinciding with the release of the film have surfaced. According to The Hollywood Reporter, not only will Universal Pictures be promoting a reunion tour in Europe, but Eminem is to take the place of the late Eazy-E.
“We don’t have anything settled yet with everyone’s schedules,” said Universal chief Donna Langley. “But we think it can create a lot of buzz.”
Eminem has history with N.W.A. member and the Mr. Mathers’ long-time mentor Dr. Dre, though he was just a teenager when the group formed in 1986. The rapper was also a contributor on the film’s soundtrack along with Dre and Kendrick Lamar.