N.W.A. took America by storm in the late 80’s, and the trailer for the upcoming biopic on the group promises the to capture their rise to stardom in dramatic fashion.
Possibly the most polarizing music group of all time, N.W.A., put gangster rap on the map while tackling social issues in a manner that had never been done before.
From the looks of the official trailer for the group’s biopic, “Straight Outta Compton,” it appears the film will capture not only their monumental rise to stardom, but the impact that N.W.A. had on an entire nation.
In 1988, the group dropped their first studio album, “Straight Outta Compton”, an ode to their Los Angeles, Calif. roots.
The the lead single and intro song, given the same title as the album, begins with the sound of police sirens blaring in the background. Ice Cube emerges on the track with the statement, I’m Coming Straight Outta Compton.
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The next four and a half minutes changed the music industry forever.
The first song on the album introduced group members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and MC Ren. While this track featured many of the group’s infamous lyrics degrading women and depicting violence, it was a song about their hatred for the police that earned N.W.A. the moniker of “The Most Dangerous Group in the World”.
Titled F— Tha Police, the hit song attacked what they grew up experiencing, racial profiling, police brutality and the constant tension between black urban youth and law enforcement officers of all races.
Former group members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, are producers for the film, so expect the film to be an accurate depiction of the fame, tragedy and notoriety they personally experienced.
Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. will star as his father, alongside Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins who are portraying Eazy-E and Dre, respectively.
Eazy-E’s son, Lil E was originally given a shot at playing the role of his father but it simply did not work.
"“He’s an up-and-coming actor trying to do it,” Cube said via Hot New Hip-Hop. “We needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life. He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn’t use just anybody. We gave him a shot, and it just didn’t work out.”"
Lil E will, however, be providing coaching for Mitchell who is playing the role of his father.
Whether you view N.W.A.’s music as a danger to society and advocate of the gangster lifestyle, or a tremendous piece of artwork that tackled issues this country needed to address, their body of work continues to evoke strong emotions on all spectrums.
For this reason, along with a trailer that promises a lucrative mix of high drama, controversy and musical entertainment, “Straight Ouuta Compton” has potential to be a huge box office success that will leave its audience satisfied.
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