On the heels of the theatrical release of Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of '90s rap iconoclasts N.W.A., fellow Compton rap alum Kendrick Lamar sat down with the legendary group, courtesy of Billboard.

Through the course of the near half-hour interview, the 28-year-old asks the group's surviving members Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella the hardest things about rapping, what newer names they respect the most (Kendrick being one of them, of course), and the impact they had on his career thus far.

The group also touched on the death of prominent member Eazy-E, who passed in 1995 due to complications with AIDS. "He knew before we knew what was going to pop," explains Ren in the interview. And despite the fact that Dre and Eazy "argued night and day," it was "always out of mutual respect. Always out of a desire to get the best. And always settled with a cool compromise," Dre said.

You can watch and read the entire interview over at Billboard.

Straight Outta Compton is set for wide theatrical release in the U.S. August 14th.