Straight Outta Compton director defends film’s accuracy

The Los Angeles Police Department reportedly tripled security for the red-carpet event, which featured famous faces such as Ice Cube, his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade, Dr. Dre and others.


“It was pretty hard especially the scenes where I’m dealing with the death of my brother [Dre’s younger brother Tyree died after being attacked and left with a broken neck]”, he said. (The jail time he served afterwards isn’t shown.) Suge Knight (R. Marcos Taylor), an unquestionably bad guy, begins to dominate as a cardboard villain, and the familiar tropes the film has leaned on all along become more glaring without our central trio united at the center. I’m proud of the group.

This is because F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton looks like its going to be a big hit.

Edmonton Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey was a 16-year-old kid when he ditched high school classes and appeared as an extra in a video for the influential rap group N.W.A.

SIGN UP for the free Indie Focus movies newsletter >>. I want to wait until “Straight Outta Compton” is well in everyone’s minds and see where we go from there.

“We just felt it was another song on the record”, said MC Ren.

Rapper MC Ren, who along with DJ Yella is credited as an “N.W.A. consultant” on the movie, said he had no complaints about the film’s content.

“I think we really were in love with the music”, Ice Cube, 46, explains. “I had a moment where everybody was like, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to be able to do this”.

“This is a major motion picture we’re talking about, which speaks to cultural relevance in a profound way”, Boyd said.

“If there was a group of us hanging out, more times than not we didn’t take it too lightly”. It’s also worth mentioning that the opening should be the biggest opening of the director’s career, beating out Gray’s 2005 movie Be Cool, which made $23 million.

Jackson: I’ve been seeing him rap these words forever, you know? But we’re here in the theater today because a generation after N.W.A. shouted “Fuck the police!” neighborhoods across America – in Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island, McKinney, Baltimore – still ache to hear it. Ice Cube’s blast at cops who “think they have the authority to kill a minority” echoes. But along with infusing hip-hop with “the strength of street knowledge” via hardcore rhymes about bangin, ‘ slangin’, and county bids, another important facet of N.W.A’s legacy is one of blatant and rampant misogyny. “We had to be there for the group, for the movie”. “There’s a lot to examine, but I want [moviegoers] to leave inspired”. These boys in the hood were searching for a way out of the ghetto and found it through music, poetry, collaboration and consciously choosing to pursue a different world.


“But in them days, the brutality was deep in the ghetto”. With Dre’s beats as a backdrop, Cube ditched the boastful battle raps that were in style at the time and started writing about what they witnessed in their daily lives: Gang-bangers and police who seemed to consider all young black men suspicious.

Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre left and O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube in ‘Straight Outta Compton