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Full coverage: 'Straight Outta Compton' and N.W.A's legacy

The N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" chronicles the journey of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella as they changed the face of rap — and pop culture — on the power of one very raw, very bold album.

  • Dr. Dre releases statement apologizing to 'Women I've hurt'

    Dr. Dre releases statement apologizing to 'Women I've hurt'

    Amid a firestorm of controversy that biopic “Straight Outta Compton” ignored the storied instances of alleged violence against women at the hands of N.W.A’s most successful co-founder, Dr. Dre, the rapper-producer-mogul has issued a statement. While “Straight Outta Compton” opened Aug. 14 to critical...

  • Ice Cube says 'Straight Outta Compton' will make you 'laugh, cheer and cry'

    Ice Cube says 'Straight Outta Compton' will make you 'laugh, cheer and cry'

    Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson) has had hit movies before, but even he couldn't have predicted that a film about his former rap group N.W.A would one day break box office records as the No. 1 musical biopic and the biggest August opening for an R-rated movie. But that's exactly what happened this weekend...

  • How East Coast and West Coast hip-hop are both winning

    How East Coast and West Coast hip-hop are both winning

    The N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" dominated the box office this weekend with its gritty West Coast story -- and the hip-hop music that informs its sensibility and fills its soundtrack. Rap is also driving another theatrical success this summer: the Broadway musical "Hamilton." Call it the...

  • Dr. Dre's assault on Dee Barnes was once included in 'Straight Outta Compton'

    Dr. Dre's assault on Dee Barnes was once included in 'Straight Outta Compton'

    Long before “Straight Outta Compton” hit theaters last Friday, hip-hop purists wondered how the N.W.A biopic would handle some of the less heroic moments in the West Coast rap group's history. How would founder Eazy-E’s death from AIDS be depicted? Will controversial former Death Row co-founder...

  • 'Straight Outta Compton': A conversation with director F. Gary Gray

    'Straight Outta Compton': A conversation with director F. Gary Gray

    Director F. Gary Gray is no stranger to the music or back story of N.W.A. He grew up in the same neighborhoods as the South L.A. rap group, worked on Ice Cube’s early videos before directing the rapper’s first major film, “Friday,” and worked with Dr. Dre. But Gray, 46, still treated his latest...

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