Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Cast Cover The Hollywood Reporter
Straight Outta Compton is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the cast of the film get together with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about what hip-hop fans can expect once they catch the flick, the relevancy of the storyline to what's going on in the world today and more in the cover story.
With police brutality happening in eye-opening events in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, both Dr. Dre and Ice Cube feel that Straight Outta Compton sheds light on the ongoing tension between the police and black men.
"It's crazy how we were getting criticized for this years ago," Dre tells The Hollywood Reporter. "And now, it's just like, 'Okay, we understand.' This movie will keep shining a light on the problem, especially because of all the situations that are happening in Ferguson and here in Los Angeles. It’s definitely going to keep this situation in people’s minds and make sure that everyone out there knows that this is a problem that keeps happening still today."
Ice Cube also added, "It shows that we were not only ahead of our time, but right on time. It’s a constant situation between the powers that be and the neighborhoods we’ve come from. And most of the time you look and you see that it’s a thing where someone is abusing their authority or abusing their power and they’re s---ting around."
Aside from being a retrospective on N.W.A's early days and growing career, the film is also special to Cube because his 24-year-old son, O'Shea Jackson Jr. is one of the stars. Critics will likely be quick to judge the rapper for using nepotism in the process of who should portray him. However, Ice Cube felt he's the perfect guy for the job.
"I know a lot of people thought I was just throwing him in there 'cause I could," the actor shares. "But that wasn't the case. I knew he was right for this."
Meanwhile, his son admits that Ice Cube made sure that he did the role justice, especially because he learned a lot about his dad's younger self. "My father would call me before each scene to let me know what he was thinking. A lot of it was getting me to not act. I have so much of his mannerisms and things already in me that I wouldn't want to be onscreen doing an impersonation. You can do an impersonation or you could become the character," Jackson, Jr. reveals. "I really was trying to break down those acting walls and just let everything flow."
In the interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dre and Cube also reflect on how they made music that would appeal to their neighborhood and never imagined it would grow to what it is now. They also touch on the drama around Suge Knight's fatal hit-and-run and the impact of hip-hop on the world today. The actors and hip-hop moguls have a lot to talk about in the issue, which hits stands on July 31.
Check out the full interview on The Hollywood Reporter's website now by clicking here. Straight Outta Compton arrives Aug. 14.
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