George Osborne: ‘Going to see NWA definitely the coolest thing I ever did’

The Chancellor described Dr Dre as 'incredibly interesting and intelligent' at the Tory conference today

After recently revealing that he once attended a NWA concert, Chancellor George Osborne has now stated that he also invited Dr Dre to Downing Street for tea

The Tory politician recently spoke of his diverse music taste with the Daily Mail, declaring his love for NWA and claiming to have attended a concert by the legendary rap group in the early ’90s.

On Tuesday (October 6), Osborne revealed the news of the tea invitation during a Q&A session at the Tory conference with The Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner.


The Guardian previously reported on the news, claiming that the meeting occurred in 2012.

Speaking about the NWA show, Osborne described the gig as the “coolest thing I’ve ever done” and said that he likes their “raw and angry” style.

Quizzed on his favourite NWA song, he suggested it was 1988 hit ‘Fuck Tha Police’ but stopped short of saying the title out loud: “It begins with ‘F’ but I think I’d better stop there.”

“It was an amazing concert. These were the angriest young band from America. There’s a film that’s just come out out about them called Straight Outta Compton which has been a huge hit in America,” Osborne said.

“And it is definitely the coolest thing I ever did. It is not like a pattern of going to all the latest concerts – I just happened to hit lucky and go to this band who were only together for a couple of years.”


He added: “It was raw and angry. I’m not condoning everything they said or anything like that, but it was an incredible thing to go to.”


“I didn’t realise at the time it would turn out to be such a big cultural moment as well – that this band would go on to being one of the most famous rap bands ever and that Dr Dre would become the guy who does the Beats headphone now.

“I actually had [Dre] round for tea in Downing Street a couple of years ago. I went to see him at Brixton Academy and he came to see me at Downing Street.”

Osborne described Dr Dre as “incredibly interesting and intelligent”, adding: “He’s built up this headphones business, he sold it to Apple, so for someone given where he started off in life he’s made an incredible success of it.”

Elsewhere in the original Daily Mail article, it was claimed that Osborne also “enjoys the haunting, maudlin tracks of alternative folk musician Sufjan Stevens” and writes his speeches while listening to Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’.

The Chancellor also revealed that his daughter banned him from attending a Taylor Swift concert with her because he is “really uncool”.

Osborne isn’t the first politician to speak of their musical tastes. David Cameron is a well known fan of The Smiths and Gordon Brown previously stated that he likes Arctic Monkeys.

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