First look at Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre in #NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton”

NWA full roster - Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, DJ Yella, The DOCNWA was one of my favorite groups growing up and remains in my all-time Top 10, probably Top 5, hip hop/rap groups

Here’s the first look at the filmmakers of this highly-anticipated project set for Aug. 14, 2015.

Todd MacMillan/Universal Pictures the cast and filmmakers of "Straight Outta Compton" (clockwise, from top left): producer Ice Cube, director F. Gary Gray, producer Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins  (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E) and O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube)
Todd MacMillan/Universal Pictures
the cast and filmmakers of “Straight Outta Compton” (clockwise, from top left): producer Ice Cube, director F. Gary Gray, producer Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E) and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube)

And here’s the synopsis:

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.

Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton” tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, Straight Outta Compton is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.

I do have to ask though: Where the heck is MC Ren, DJ Yella, The D.O.C. and heck even The Arabian Prince?

  • Fred

    Jeff I couldn’t agree with you more, NWA is easily one of my all time favorite groups in any music genre. Man I played their damn cassettes(now extinct lol) so much I wore them out and had to buy new ones. I’m sure we’ll see Ren, Yella, DOC and Arabian Prince as well. Man I still remember the ‘NWA and the Posse’ album that had Ron DeVu, Candy Man and those other cats on the cover. “Straight Outta Compton” and “No One Can Do It Better” are both in my Top 10 rap/hip-hop albums of all time man. NWA impacted and influenced so many great artists from Tupac, to Snoop, to Eminem, to Biggie and so many others. If I had to pick only two films for my most anticipated of 2015, it would be “The Avengers: Age Of Ultron” and this, i’ll have to see later what makes up the rest of my Top 10 haha.

  • Fred

    Jeff they probably just focused this feature on Cube, Dre and Eazy because those 3 we’re obviously the most famous and important members in the group. Don’t get me wrong now the others we’re famous and badass as well, but Cube, Dre & Eazy really stand out the most for their contributions, individual stories and history.

  • Me too! Completely agree with you on your Top 10. Rap was truly denied more DOC albums as even with basically one album, he’s still in my all-time Top 10 rappers list.

    Check my 2015 preview list. There’s a ton of stuff coming next year. And this will be another to add to the list.

  • I feel like Ren was, strictly speaking from NWA (not after the breakup) just as important, but we’ll see how it goes before I get too worked up.

  • Fred

    Ren was great as well, I always loved his flow, that brother was no joke. That being said he wasn’t as important as Cube when he was there because Cube was the chief writer of the group at the time, and you can’t say Dre because he was the man behind the music. I can’t say Eazy either because his money help fund the group and get them that crucial studio time they needed. I think Ren became a more important fixture in the group after “Straight Outta Compton” when Cube left.

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