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This is a new one from the ’90s classic movie Coming To America, in which director John Landis cast a spineless DJ named Yella (played on screen by the great and sadly underrated James Earl Jones) as his prince. It’s a rap interlude, and it has a pretty straight-forward name: Yella.
The latest music biopic to give some insight into the private lives of near mythical artists is Straight Outta Compton , the F. Gary Gray film that dramatizes N.W.A.'s rise to the top and subsequent implosion. Like the best Behind The Music episodes, the film will hopefully provide the context to help new fans understand the insane impact that the group had on hip-hop and the music business. This is the group that essentially invented Gangsta Rap, and used their real-life experiences in their rhymes to let America know about the violence they and their communities were dealing with every day. The original members of the group include Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, plus Eazy-E, MC Ren, Arabian Prince, and DJ Yella. Eazy-E passed away at the age of 31 due to complications from AIDS; his colleagues went on to varied careers both in and out of the music industry. But by far, the most intriguing life development was DJ Yella's. What happened to DJ Yella, you ask? Well, he became a prolific producer of pornography.
Straight Outta Compton is a phenomenon. The new film chronicling the career of influential rap group N.W.A. blew away the box office with a $60.2 million opening weekend (on a $29 million budget), which is good enough for the best opening for a music biopic ever, as well as the best ever for an R-rated August opening. The movie should have legs, too, since it's been a hit with critics as well as audiences, and is currently sitting pretty with a certified fresh rating of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The largely unknown cast has drawn raves, and of course the music is as good as it ever was. But who's surprised at that? After all, N.W.A. consisted of some pretty big names in the rap game: Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and DJ Yella. Although the last artist on that list might not be as well-known as the others, there are many DJ Yella songs to know that'll convince you that his legacy is just as strong as his former bandmates.
DJ Yella recently published a new memoir called Straight Outta Compton: My Untold Story. The 326-page book takes an intimate look at the origins of N.W.A, the death of Ruthless Records founder Eazy-E and DJ Yella’s transformation from notorious womanizer and adult film director to faithful, god-fearing husband.
DJ Yella is an American rapper, DJ, record producer, and film producer. He was one of the prominent members of the electro music band ‘World Class Wreckin’ Cru.’ Yella and Dr. Dre were the founding members of the band. Yella grew up listening to funk music. He is an excellent drummer. He made his debut in music with the songs ‘Slice’ and ‘Kru Groove.’ Popular rapper Dr. Dre was his friend. Sensing public interest in the new genre of music, Yella and Dre formed the band ‘World Class Wreckin’ Cru.’ The group later disbanded due to financial problems. Following this, Yella joined the hip-hop band ‘N.W.A.’ He was close to rapper Eazy-E, who was one of the founding members of the band. Even after the band split up, Yella remained loyal to him. He produced several records for ‘Ruthless Records,’ the label owned by Eazy-E. Soon, DJ Yella released his solo album, ‘One Mo Nigga ta Go.’ Following this, he retired from music. Later, he was involved in the production of porn films. This business was shut down after a few years, and Yella faded from the spotlight.