Sons of Dr. Dre and Eazy-E Want to Make The Next Big West Coast Rap Album...In OC?

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Sitting behind Young in the studio flanked by about a half-dozen or so people listening to beats prepared by multiple producers, we watch the rapper scan through them hungrily bobbing his head to a cavalcade of club bangers.

E3 also hovers behind him absorbing the tracks, many of which were prepared by OC-based producer Steve Dang who is also in the studio. Before tonight, E3--who'd been around his dad almost 24/7 up until the time he'd passed away--had never met Young. Growing up, Young and E3's older brother, Lil Eazy-E, never even hung out together despite living in the same neighborhood in Compton. As you might have guessed, remnants from the rift between Dre and Eazy after the disintegration of N.W.A. in 1991 spilled over even after Eazy died from AIDS in 1995 at the age of 31. This project, like other efforts before it, is something that E3 sees as a way to move forward and strengthen the legacy that his father left him.

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"When I first came in, they played a couple tracks for me and knowing that my brother was involved and knowing that Curtis was involved, I already knew what the whole cause was about. I just wanted in," he says. "Though [my father's] legacy will never die, I want to keep it solid, we got the right pieces to the puzzle that people don't know about."

The development of the project comes at a time when West Coast hip-hop is simultaneously going through a Renaissance and an identity crisis. Surrounded by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Odd Future, the Game, YG there are plenty who've made major moves to break out of the L.A./Compton rap scene. Combined with the beat scene explosion of producers like Flying Lotus and Nosaj Thing, the idea of stepping back to the birth of West Coast rap is hard to do for anyone unless they're listening to K-Day. Even looking at them and listening to their voices behind the mic, the biological imprint of their fathers is ridiculously apparent. Young, who still lives in Compton, created his own label, Forever Young, while Lil Eazy-E spent time learning the business side of the recording industry at his father's label Ruthless Records.

Coming together for the first time, their main obstacle is finding sound that melds their voices and ideas that comes of credible and, of course, gangsta. But for the second generation of NWA's offspring to be successful, their style has to reach outside the confines of Compton. In that respect, maybe moving the project to OC wasn't a bad idea.

"We gotta put out that product that's gonna attract not only the west, you gotta think big," E3 says. "When the album unfolds it'll all make sense. "

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