Universal Pictures has announced Jonathan Herman to pen the biopic, "Straight Outta Compton," produced by Ice Cube, member of the group N.W.A. from 1987 to 1989, and his Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Universal is in the process of picking up the title from New Line, which originally began developing the project. F. Gary Gray is attached to helm the film, which traces the roots of the seminal rap group and their rise to fame.
The original members of N.W.A.were Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre. Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. Ice Cube left the group over royalty disputes in 1989 and member Easy-E died in 1991 due to Aids related causes. In 1987 Ice Cube wrote the song "Boyz-n-the-Hood" and presented it to Easy-E who ended up recording the song for the album, N.W.A and the Posse. With E's distinctive delivery and the songs raw lyrics about surviving on the brutal streets of LA's Compton neighborhood, it generated a new gangsta rap era.
N.W.A’s debut album, "Straight Outta Compton," was a high-energy mix of crude profanity and violent lyrics which was foreign to a young generation that consisted of playing with Rubik’s Cube’s and sporting bright, florescent attire. The music was solid because it expressed an intense and real lifestyle that defined hip hop. The group's talent comprised of range with songs like “Express Yourself” which was nearly denude of profanity and centered on free expression and not just the gang life.
A story depicting the harsh life in South Central Los Angeles was brought to the big screen in 1991. The American Drama film, "Boyz n the Hood," was written and directed by John Singleton and starred Ice Cube. The portrayal of a culture surrounded by hardship and violence solidified gangsta rap while showing the human side of family and friendship. A biography illustrating the west-coast hip hop group, N.W.A., will no doubt delve deeper and unfold a precarious period "Straight Outta Compton."
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