With less than two weeks left until Universal Pictures' Straight Outta Compton hits theaters, IMDB has debuted a brand new clip, featuring all of the members of N.W.A. defending their music at a press conference. While their detractors claim N.W.A.'s music "glamorizes" drugs, gangs and violence, Ice Cube states that their art is a reflection of their reality. The actor who portrays Ice Cube is the rapper/actor's actual son, O'Shea Jackson Jr..
In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.
The clip also features the rest of the main cast portraying N.W.A. members, Corey Antonio Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella and Aldis Hodge as M.C. Ren. The group's debut album Straight Outta Compton was one of the first to feature the Parental Advisory label, and it went on to go double-platinum, despite the lack of any airplay on radio stations around the country. After just a few short years, the group disbanded in 1991, but they have sold over 10 million records in the U.S. alone.
The supporting cast is rounded out by Paul Giamatti, who plays the group's manager, Jerry Heller, along with R. Marcus Taylor as Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight, Carra Patterson as Eazy-E's widow Tomica Woods-Wright and Keith Stanfield as Snoop Dogg. F. Gary Gray directs Straight Outta Compton from a script by Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman. Original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre also serve as producers on the biopic.
Straight Outta Compton arrives in theaters August 14, going up against The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Underdogs. Do you think this biopic has what it takes to close out the summer with a box office bang? Or do you think it will have trouble against The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and this weekend's Fantastic Four reboot? Check out the latest clip and let us know what you think. We also have a second clip