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Gangster Rap Biopics

The Straight Outta Compton Movie Charts the Rise Of N.W.A.

— February 9, 2015 — Pop Culture
Straight Outta Compton is a record that's as seminal and influential as they come. Now, the group that put out that record -- N.W.A -- are set to become the subject of a biopic that takes its name from their 1988 masterpiece. The trailer for the film was played at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Decades before the Lil Waynes, Drakes and Iggy Azaleas of this world took over the hip-hop charts with their formulaic pop rap, there was N.W.A -- a group whose grimy, brutal and earnest brand of gangsta rap/West Coast hip-hop captured the imagination of rap fans and changed the genre forever.

However, N.W.A weren't handed anything on a plate as the trailer for Straight Outta Compton shows. The movie addresses the challenges Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and their comrades faced in their personal lives and in their initial forays into the music business, as well as the various controversies created by their music, most notably the song F*** tha Police.

The trailer begins with an introduction by Dre and Ice Cube themselves, with the relevance of the timing of its release -- what with unrest in the USA surrounding police-civilian relations -- not lost on the legendary duo.