‘Straight Outta Compton’ actors hope to inspire new generation of NWA fans

“The studio has not solicited enhanced security for theaters who will begin showing [Straight Outta Compton] this weekend”, a spokesperson said, “but has partnered with those exhibitors who have requested support for their locations”.


“They were a lot of people there that were not even proud to say they were from Compton“, said Dre about the group’s decision to title their album Straight Outta Compton. She thinks extra security might just prevent someone else from doing the same thing. Aside for Hawkins being plucked to play Dre, Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. stepped up to fill his shoes, Aldis Hodge was MC Ren, Neil Brown Jr. was DJ Yella and Jason Mitchell took on the hardest role, Eazy-E.

“It’s just a story about somebody’s life and what happened about Hip-Hop so why would it…cause violence within other people”. But Cube and Dre and F. Gary Grey, the director, they did a good job to me.

The biopic is based on rap group N.W.A. and depicts the gang violence that plagued South the 1980s during the group’s journey to fame.

The film’s runtime is nearly two and a half hours, but not once did I feel like it dragged on. I think the first one I ever heard that I can remember is “We Want Eazy“. “So you’re not not all police are bad?” asks Arsenio. And as Dre explains, ‘If N.W.A had done it softer, it wouldn’t have gotten the attention. They’re very sensitive with my dad’s storyline and don’t really get much into his personal life.

Their music made history 30 years ago.

The interview, which can be viewed below via Billboard, carried special significance for Lamar, whose hometown of Compton, California was largely defined by the music and politics of N.W.A. Twenty-five years later, and here’s a big-ass Hollywood movie carrying the same name.


“There’s enough videotape, there’s enough things out there going on now to hold these officers accountable”, Ice Cube said at the premiere.

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