The story of one of rap’s most outspoken and unapologetic groups will finally be told on the big screen when the NWA biopic, “Straight Outta Compton,” hits theaters Aug. 14. And during the excitement of the Grammys Sunday night, Universal provided the first look at the upcoming release with a full-length trailer.
The trailer begins with an introduction featuring Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, two prominent members of NWA. Together, they ride around their old stomping grounds of Compton, recounting their beginnings.
“We put it all in the music – all our frustration and anger. Our music was like our weapon,” Cube said. “And that’s the most powerful weapon we got,” Dre added.
NWA inspired a lot of up-and-coming rappers, including The Game and Kendrick Lamar, both of whom made appearances in the video as well.
“The foundation that was set by y’all, man, I’m so appreciative,” Game said to the two legends. “I just try to keep the flame lit.”
Kendrick added, “When I think of NWA, it wasn’t really music to me, it was more like a real lifestyle. Brothers from my neighborhood that made it out.”
The duo explains that the parallels between the ’80s and now are too strong to ignore, making this the perfect time to share their story. Then, the trailer shifts to 1987, when a younger Cube, Dre and Eazy-E (portrayed by O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, respectively) navigate the harsh realities of their surroundings and come together to form the one of a kind group.
The trailer also highlights the crew’s manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), as well as MC Ren and DJ Yella.
F. Gary Gray (“Law Abiding Citizen,” “The Italian Job”) directed the film and Andrea Berloff penned the script.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comment section.
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