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July 16, 1998

Charlton Heston to head N.W.A
"Ten Commandments" star looks to fill void left by the late Eazy-E
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COMPTON — It looks as though NWA, the sleeping giant of gangsta rap, may rise again. Charlton Heston, star of such Hollywood blockbusters as "The Ten Commandments" and "The Greatest Show on Earth," has reportedly approached original NWA members about joining the group.

"I was playing golf with Herman Wouk and Trent Lott," Heston recalls, "and I told them that I was interested in starting a music career. Herman turned me on to Messrs. Cube and Dre. Let me just say that when I heard them chant ‘Fuck tha Police’ I could dig where they were coming from. Oh yes, I am down with OPP."

When informed that Mr. Heston was referring to a song sung by Naughty by Nature, and not NWA, Heston replied, "I knew that, I was showing my range, you idiot! Christ, do I really have to put up with this? It’s people like you who give Soylent Green a good name."

Heston seeks to fill the void left by the late Eazy-E, and the many parallels between the two artists suggest that Heston may indeed be the perfect fit. Media critics have often drawn comparisons between Heston’s movies "El Cid," "Ben Hur" and "Planet of the Apes" and E’s albums and songs "We Want Eazy," "It’s on (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa" and "Niggaz4Life" respectively. In addition, both men were longtime supporters of the fourth amendment and expressed this support through a number of different public forums.

"I am sad to say that I never got the chance to meet Eazy-E," Heston said, "but I read a lot about his life and I think he was a hell of a man. Let me share something with you — he said one time in an interview ‘the smallest [dog of the pack] sometimes turns out to be the baddest dog out of the whole litter.’ Now, at six-foot-three, I am by anyone’s measure a large dog. But I think we all can relate to what he’s saying here."

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