I’m reading I Wear The Black Hat…again…and this is one of the most briliant interpretations I’ve read about NWA and their mantra:

20q-chuckklosterman-splshThere were lot of contradictions, and I like contradictions.  Fore example: The line everyone remembers from Straight Outta Compton is Cube’s defining Mantra, “LIfe ain’t nuthin’ but bitches and money.”  It embodied the ethos of the entire genre, and -over time- I’ve heard it sardonically applied to just about every possible situaiton life can offer.  Yet elsewhere on the very same record, Easy-E asks, “So what about the bitch who got shot?  Fuck her!  You think I give a damn about a bitch?  I ain’t a sucker.”  In other words, life is only about bitches and money, but even the bitches don’t particularly matter.  This is weapon-grade nihilism: There were only two meaningful elements within their entire worldview..and one could be totally eliminated without consequences!