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Ice Cube at Riot Fest delivers N.W.A nostalgia

Ice Cube at Riot Fest delivers N.W.A nostalgia

“Let’s keep it gangsta tonight,” Ice Cube announced as he took the stage Friday before tens of thousands of fans in Douglas Park.

But gangstas were in short supply on the opening night at Riot Fest, a three-day festival that leans heavily on the vintage appeal of bands that ruled decades ago. Cube is no exception. With his notorious Compton, Calif., hip-hop group N.W.A, he established the language of gangsta rap and terrified mainstream America in the late ‘80s. The band’s music was considered so extreme that it brought warning letters from the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service. The group’s music was banned from commercial radio for its explicit...