‘Straight Outta Compton:’ Ice Cube Shows Off Trailer For New N.W.A. Biopic

Aaron Homer - Author

Dec. 31 2014, Updated 8:47 a.m. ET

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The biopic Straight Outta Compton doesn’t come out until next summer and, officially, the trailer has yet to drop, but bootleg footage of a screening of the trailer earlier this month in Australia has hit the internet.

Universal Pictures is releasing the movie about the rise of L.A.-area rap group N.W.A. (N****s With Attitude) from the streets of Compton to national prominence in the West Coast rap scene, according to Rap-Up. Ice Cube (real name: O’Shea Jackson) will be portrayed by his own son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. Other casting choices include Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, and Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller, N.W.A.’s manager and the founder of their record label, Ruthless Records.

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“Let me tell you what I see here: A lot of raw talent, swagger, bravado. People are scared of you guys, they think you’re dangerous, but you have a unique voice. The world needs to hear it.”

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N.W.A. rose to prominence in the late 1980s as the pioneers of what would later be known as “Gangsta Rap,” according to NWA World.

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“Emerging in the late ’80s, when Public Enemy had rewritten the rules of hardcore rap by proving that it could be intelligent, revolutionary and socially aware, N.W.A. capitalized on PE’s sonic breakthroughs while ignoring their message. Instead, the five-piece crew celebrated the violence and hedonism of the criminal life, capturing it all in blunt, harsh language.”

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Eventually, however, conflicting egos and creative differences would lead to first Ice Cube, and later Dr. Dre, leaving the group.

The blurry video shows brief scenes chronicling the group’s rise from the ghettos of Compton to unimaginable wealth and fame.

Straight Outta Compton hits theaters in August, 2015.

[Image courtesy of: Rap-Up]


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