Ice Cube to Produce Raiders Documentary for ESPN
Rapper/actor Ice Cube is producing a documentary based on the Raiders’ years in Los Angeles for ESPN, according to reports. The rapper recently appeared at a practice for the football team, in Alameda, Calif., where Raiders CEO Amy Trask said he was “working on a few projects with the club.”
According to ESPN, the project in question is ‘Straight Outta L.A.,’ a play on classic NWA record ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ which will focus on Raiders owner Al Davis, and his plan to move the team to L.A., where they played from 1982-1994, then returned to Oakland.
“The Raiders captured a large number of black and Hispanic fans in L.A. at a time when gang warfare, immigration, and the real estate boom were rapidly changing the city,” said a press release about the film. “The L.A. Raiders morphed into a worldwide brand as the team’s colors, swagger, and anti-establishment ethos became linked with the hip-hop scene that was permeating South Central Los Angeles.”
Though ‘Straight Outta L.A.’ has no confirmed release date, it’s should be a nice break from Cube’s recent string of family films.
“Still a die-hard Raiders fan,” the press release continues, “Cube will explore the unlikely marriage between the NFL’s rebel franchise and America’s glamour city and show how pro football’s outlaw team became the toast of La La Land.”