Why NWA playing Coachella 2016 will make a lot of sense

If NWA performs at Coachella in 2016, it has the potential to be the most influential performance in the history of the desert music festival.
Next year will be an election year, and NWA could have an important voice. As we’ve seen over the last few months, racial tensions have heightened in this country, where it’s either police brutality or issues with the border. These will likely be hot topic discussions in the campaign trail.

In its opening weekend, “Straight Outta Compton” has become a runaway success with over $60 million and projections could have it go over $150 million, possibly making it the most successful music biopic.

Even before the movie came out this weekend, there was talk of an NWA reunion tour, with Eminem filling in for the Easy-E and joining Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. They performed at the BET Experience.

When it comes to festivals, Coachella has one of the biggest stages. As for this year, festival season is coming to an end, and none of the remaining ones command the media attention like Coachella.

And it makes sense for NWA, as it’s in their backyard. Coachella has been attracting the top rap acts over the years, notably Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog a few years ago, with Eminem making a surprise appearance.

A reunited NWA performed at the BET Experience earlier this year. During NWA’s performance of “Fuck The Police,” they had video in the background of police brutality incidents, including those that led to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

A performance at Coachella could heighten the conversation on those topics. And with Coachella, they might engage the young voters to go out and be heard at the polls.

It will also be interesting if Coachella would be down for that. The festival has grown a lot and has been a huge commercial success. When you are a commercial success, the risk of booking an act like NWA might be too great.

But in these times, NWA is returning as an important voice for these times. NWA

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