We don’t know about you but when we think of a screenwriter who could take on a biopic about the most notorious rap group in history we imagine an upper-class white woman (rolls eyes). According to THR, Andrea Berloff the scribe behind Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center will tackle the tumultuous history of the California-based rappers NWA in a film entitled, Straight Outta Compton.
Growing up in the late eighties and early nineties you probably caught a whiff of the controversial group that pioneered gangsta rap with their album of the same name. The members of NWA included founder Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella.
Beyond their brutally honest lyrics and in your face videos the group had plenty of conflict amongst each other let alone the conservative public. After selling over 9 million units of their Straight Outta Compton album Ice Cube left over royalty disputes in 1990, paving the way for Dr. Dre to do the same 2 years later. But the pinnacle of their destruction came in 1995 when front-man Eazy-E died because of complications from AIDS.
Even though Berloff will pen the script the story will be told with the help of producers Ice Cube and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods. There’s so much ground to cover when it comes to the NWA drama. We wonder if they’ll explore E’s development of Ruthless Records and his discovery of Bone, Thugs, & Harmony? Or if they’ll touch on Dr. Dre and his Long Beach protege a very young and (at the time) shy Calvin Broadus aka Snoop Dogg?
What do you want to see covered in the NWA biopic?