I tried to be strong in the face of obstacles.
When my mother and my grandmother died three months apart, I knew my world was over.
We had everything. We were young kids. We were driving cars our parents couldn’t afford, living in big houses. For me to sit here and say, “Oh my God, I didn’t enjoy any of it” – no, I did. Of course I did.
There are no mistakes in life, and it’s not about anybody being able to judge you.
I’m not all dolled up. We tried to keep it as real as we could. We’re telling you something that happened. It’s a part of history. I hope this movie [ ‘Surviving Compton’] gives you a little bit of me and of my music and my heart.
Before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.
My daughters are the heart of my heart and the center of my world
I can’t think of any time we had a discussion [with Dre] about the aftermath of what happened the night before. We just had too much going on.
Changing the big picture takes time.. and the best things to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives if we’re doing all that. That becomes the collage of real change
Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in bigвЂ”big money, big businesses selling weedвЂ”after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?
I had to survive a lot. I didn’t premeditate my life. Life just happened as it did. And I had to figure it out as I went along.
Rap was forbidden with the people who were interviewing us and the shows that I was getting [booked on], and I had kind of crossed over. So Jerry [Heller, who managed N.W.A.] would tell me, ‘Do not say you’re a rapper, always say you’re R&B.’
No one country can confront them aloneвЂ¦the only way forward is together.
Dre couldn’t have given me those words to write, and he couldn’t have given me that voice to sing. I couldn’t have given him that musical talent or the ability that he has. What we made came from putting things together. I’ve always said that.
Well, right now, my music is – it’s just happy. I’m not in a relationship, but I know who I am now. I have wisdom. I have the power of knowing who I am. That’s huge.
For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.
In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,вЂќ she said. вЂњSee, thatвЂ™s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service.
When I met Dre, N.W.A. didn’t exist, nor did Michel’le. And I think we had a chemistry. When started working on my stuff, we created something that was phenomenal.
Someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.
ItвЂ™s easier to hold onto your own stereotypes and misconceptions, it makes you feel justified in your own ignorance. ThatвЂ™s America. So the challenge for us is, are we ready for change?
The beatings, the beatings were so normal to me. The abuse was just routine. I didn’t wake up the next day and say, ‘Dre, why did you hit me?’ We never talked about it the next day. Never.