Universal green-lights biopic based on Ice Cube, Eazy-E and N.W.A. members

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, gangsta rap was embroiled in turf wars that saw the media go buts over coverage of rappers having feuds with one another that sometimes ended in the falling out or death of very popular recording artists we revere today.

Universal believes it’s time to tell N.W.A’s story not he big screen and are expected soon to green-light a biopic based on the life of the group.

Per THR:

Straight Outta Compton – about trailblazing group N.W.A.’s rise to fame — poised to be first out of the gate. Sources say Universal has begun holding open casting calls in downtown Los Angeles and is close to greenlighting the F. Gary Gray-helmed film.

In the hip-hop surge of the decade, there were no truer pioneers than Compton based rapper N.W.A. as the group not only topped the charts and paved the way for the acts of the 90s, but it also spawned stars we still see in the spotlight today.

The film is set to tell the story of N.W.A’s rise to fame in the 80s and the behind the scenes drama that led to feuding, a breakup and the eventual death of Eazy-E in 1995. The group touched on almost every major social event of their time, from the rise of West Coast gangsta rap, to the oppression of black communities in the 19080s all the up to the AIDS crisis in the death of Eazy-E.

Their story was almost made for the big screen and it appears that it will finally make its way there in the near future.

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