We already couldn’t wait for this winter to be over and for summer to hurry up and get here.
And now we really can’t wait.
The new biopic about the rise of the group N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton, is set to be released this summer, and we just got our first glimpse of it when they dropped the full-length trailer. And you are definitely going to want to put this on your Must Watch list.
Before they get right into it, we are treated to an introduction by none other than Dr. Dre and Ice Cube themselves rolling around Compton, California, in what appears to be a Bentley, reminiscing about their years growing up.
Then the hip-hop millionaires fade away, and we are cast back into the gritty, dangerous and violent mid-1980s.
We see the young members of N.W.A. literally creating the gangster rap movement that helped launch Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella into the annuls of rap history.
The film has had a long and bumpy road to production. Casting was a drama-filled event when the internet-rumor mill tried to stir the pot when Eazy-E’s son, Eric Wright, was passed over for the part of playing his deceased father for an actor with what Ice Cube described as having “a lot more range.”
Ice Cube said Wright just didn’t yet have the chops to play Eazy-E, who was going to go through a lot in the film, “from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed.” They said they gave him a shot, but “it just didn’t work out.” All of that seemed to be speculation and then Wright came out publicly and said he supported the choice of Jason Mitchell to play his father.
On the heels of that statement, it is interesting to note that the actor playing the young Ice Cube will be none other than the rapper’s own progeny, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
From what we can tell, the casting looks great, and we can’t wait to see more.
Ice Cube and Dre share some poignant and strong words at the beginning of the movie that might make you rethink what you think you know about the group and the music itself as well as the movement they started with their songs.
It makes you rethink a lot in just a few short minutes. Can’t imagine the changes in mind-set they can create with the entire movie.
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