I never let you forget that I’m from LA. I proudly carry the flag for all things West Coast because its what always colors my perspective. Growing up in LA meant I had a front row seat when a group from Compton, Ca. forever changed the face of hip-hop and pop culture.
We’ve seen some footage, but Sunday night during the 57th Grammy Awards telecast, the official trailer for the NWA biopic, “Straight Outta Compton” dropped. The film stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The film hits theaters in August, and was produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, along with Matt Alvarez and Eazy E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright.
“In 1984, I met Compton’s best DJ. His name was Dr. Dre, the cousin of my homie Sir Jinx,” Cube said. “He liked the neighborhood rhymes I was spitting and we started hanging out all the time. Talking and thinking music.
“A couple of years later, Dr. Dre’s little hustling friend Eric (Eazy-E) Wright started coming around,” he continued. “We all created a song together called “Boyz-N-The-Hood” … and the world would never be the same.”