Recently, we all got a sneak peak of what was to come for the newly announced N.W.A. biopic film, telling the tale of the legendary hip hop group “Straight Outta Compton”. During the Grammies, Dre and Ice Cube were in a commercial making the announcement and that same night dropped an extended ad online that had Game and Kendrick Lamar talking about how much N.W.A. was more than just a group of “rap sangers,” as DJ Quik would say, they were representations of their own neighborhood, their lives.
The trailer highlighted the young actors that would play the roles of Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), and Ice Cube (whom is played by his son O’Shea Jackson Jr.). The movie’s buzz actually started well before the announcement at the Grammy Awards, due to the drama over the casting process. There was an incident where the casting call flyer was leaked, which contained some very unprofessional remarks, a little racism, and also a small squabble over Eazy-E’s son not being able to play the role of his father in the movie.
The temporary beef with Ice Cube was squashed after TMZ blew things out of proportion and Lil Eazy-E is throwing his support 100% behind the actor that will play his father, Jason Mitchell. Lil Eazy-E says in an interview he did with the Rolling Stone magazine: “Jason has come to my grandmother’s house where I was born and raised, where my father was born and raised and where N.W.A started,” Lil Eazy-E says. “I reached out to him to give him the support and any advice he needs. He has a big burden on his shoulders to bring forth the character and legacy of my father and the legacy of N.W.A, period.”
Lil Eazy-E is now looking forward to making an appearance on the film’s soundtrack, as he is also working on his own record called Yellow Brick Road to Compton, along with an independent film focusing purely on the life of his father. Eazy-E died in 1995 after being diagnosed with AIDS.
Whether it blows up or tanks on its August 14th debut is still unknown, but we can only hope it’s as good as Are We Done Yet