Shortly after the release of Dr. Dre's album Compton, he and Ice Cube spoke to Rolling Stone in an interview for their latest cover story. During the interview the discussion turns to the subject of misogyny in N.W.A.'s lyrics, as well as Dre's own history of violence against women.

The duo brush off the questions levelled against N.W.A. with a strange passage expounding on two particular sub-sects of womankind, the "bitch" and the "ho", as if by displaying certain characteristics as a female automatically strips you of the typical and presumably desired subservient qualities of the sort of "upstanding lady" that these two would have you be; by stepping outside of their narrow view of what a woman should be, you begin to inhabit a realm of otherness where you are neither a woman, nor a man, but a "bitch" or a "ho", i.e. "despicable females":

"If you're a bitch, you're probably not going to like us. If you're a ho, you probably don't like us. If you're not a ho or a bitch, don't be jumping to the defense of these despicable females. Just like I shouldn't be jumping to the defense of no punks or no cowards or no slimy son of a bitches that's men. I never understood why an upstanding lady would even think we're talking about her."

By this logic, then, surely we can better understand just why Dre beat up a female journalist in January 1991. Denise "Dee" Barnes describes the attack in her own words to the Los Angels Times that same year in June:

"He picked me up by my hair and my ear and smashed my face and body into the wall...Next thing I know, I'm down on the ground and he’s kicking me in the ribs and stamping on my fingers. I ran into the women's bathroom to hide, but he burst through the door and started bashing me in the back of the head."

Outraged? Don't worry: she was just being a "bitch".

Ren says, "she deserved it – bitch deserved it." Eazy agrees: "Yeah, bitch had it coming."

And besides,

it ain't no big thing – I just threw her through a door

adds the perpetrator, Dre himself, both quotations from a feature in Rolling Stone, August 1991. (He was fined $2,513, sentenced to 240 hours of community service, got 24 months of probation, ordered to pay $1,000 to the California Victims Restitution Fund, and film an anti-violence Public Service Announcement; Dee also sued for $27 million in damages).

A guy who tried to help her at the time, Doug Young (N.W.A.'s former promoter) was knocked out by Dre's bodyguard, who also held back the crowd to let the beating of Dee continue unabated. "I jumped in the fight to help Dee, and [Dre's] bodyguard hits me in the side of my mouth here with his gun," says Young in this interview. Maybe by going against what Dre had decided to do with his evening gave him the label of "punk" or one of those "slimy sons of bitches" mentioned earlier, and so he probably deserved it, right?

How easy it is to devalue human life by attaching negative labels to people. How easy it is to justify beating up anybody by creating cut-out personas like "bitch" and "ho" that automatically turn people from flesh and blood to mere standees, scenery that can be moulded to one's whim, or torn up, assaulted like punch bags out of one's own frustrations and the complete lack of inability to control those frustrations. And don't forget the fear of losing control: when the perceived scenery of life starts talking back, shows signs of volition outside of on-rails autonomy – when the "upstanding lady" begins to malfunction – control is lost, and people get real angry when they feel they've lost control. These warped views of women as neat, compartmentalised types that must, or are expected to, adhere to certain qualities are exceedingly damaging. Is there not enough proof throughout the world that societal and sub-societal groupings lead only to inter-group conflict? People, not just women, not just men, but people; people are individual, and should be treated as such, regardless of how they are perceived to be within whatever "group" they happen to "belong" to in your eyes.

Anyway… Dr. Dre's past of misogynistic violence also extends to ex-wife Michel'le, who alleges a history of domestic abuse against him; she also speaks about it in this radio interview for The Breakfast Club on NYC station, Power 105.1.

Dre appears to want to atone for his sins in the very magazine in which he defended his actions over 20 years ago: "I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life," he said. "I was young, fucking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren't true—some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there's no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again."