Remember the Guns N’ Rose “Use Your Illusions” era when Axl Rose used to sport an N.W.A. hat?
Dr. Dre realized N.W.A. had made it big when he saw Axl Rose wearing a hat with the group’s logo on it in the Guns N’ Roses 1991 promo video for the song “You Could Be Mine” and also in the video for “Live and Let Die“. Axl must have been a big fan as he had several different versions of the N.W.A. hat. The one above had yellow writing, this one below that he wore live had white lettering and he also had one with red letters.
Dr. Dre couldn’t believe it when he saw it because he and his bandmates were still struggling to make a living and had no idea their music had a white audience. Dre said,
“The biggest shock was when we saw Axl Rose in the video with the N.W.A. hat. “We were like, ‘What the fuck?’ We were still selling records out of our car.”
Axl Rose was asked about his feelings about N.W.A,
“We thought we were so badass, Then N.W.A. came out rapping about this world where you walk out of your house and you get shot. It was just so clear what stupid little white-boy poseurs we were. It was like, ‘All right, we can give up the act.’ If you’re talking about which lifestyle is more hard-core, the one where you get shot always wins.”
Check out this cool photo of Axl & Ice Cube.
Here’s another photo I came across of Eazy-E and DJ Yella from N.W.A. with Slash and Matt Sorum.
Remember when Axl famously wore a Nirvana hat???