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.