Universal's Straight Outta Compton pulled off an impressive box office win this weekend, with Sunday's estimates reporting the biopic took in $56.1 million, a figure that was adjusted up to $60.2 million when the final numbers came in today. The film is also a hit with the nation's critics, earning an impressive 89% "Fresh" score on RottenTomatoes.com. One of the original members of the iconic rap group N.W.A., M.C. Ren, had plenty of praise for the film over the weekend, although he wanted to set the record straight that his contribution to the group was greater than it was portrayed in the film. Here's what he had to say on his Twitter account.
"Thank you to all the new follows, and thanx to all for your positive words about the film. True fans know my role in the group as far as lyrics are concerned, don't let the movie fool you about my contribution to the group."
The rapper was portrayed by Aldis Hodge in Straight Outta Compton, but he, along with Neil Brown Jr.'s DJ Yella, were essentially treated as side characters, with the brunt of the story focusing on O'Shea Jackson Jr.'s Ice Cube, Corey Antonio Hawkins's Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell's Eazy-E. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis even called Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr.'s characters "inconsequential" to the story.
Original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre served as producers on the movie, along with Eazy-E's widow Tomica Woods-Wright, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that there is speculation M.C. Ren's role may have been minimized because he wasn't a part of the filmmaking process. Regardless, M.C. Ren still did have plenty of positive things to say about the film, telling the cast and crew they did a "great job of telling our story'.
M.C. Ren was originally signed as a solo artist to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records before joining N.W.A. in 1987, as the group was putting together the Straight Outta Compton album. After the group disbanded in 1991, M.C. Ren still stuck with Ruthless Records, releasing the 1992 EP Kizz My Black Azz, which is believed to be the first EP ever to go platinum. He released a number of other records through Ruthless before leaving the record label in 1999.
On the original Straight Outta Compton album, M.C. Ren wrote four songs and co-wrote three additional tracks, while Ice Cube wrote five songs and co-wrote four more. The D.O.C. also co-wrote two songs, while one of the group's former members, The Arabian Prince, also wrote one of the songs. Would you have liked to see more of M.C. Ren in Straight Outta Compton? Let us know what you think, and check out M.C. Ren's tweets below.
Thank you to all the new follows, and thanx to all for your positive words about the film.— MC REN (@mcrencpt) August 15, 2015
True fans know my role in the group as far a lyrics are concerned, don't let the movie fool you about my contribution to the group.— MC REN (@mcrencpt) August 15, 2015
Thanx for all the congratulations on the film, it's a dope flick. If u haven't seen it go check it out— MC REN (@mcrencpt) August 16, 2015
Congrats to the cast and crew. Great job of telling our story. https://t.co/8xRWdOjbSr— MC REN (@mcrencpt) August 17, 2015