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.

Twenty-seven years later, N.W.A still rubs a raw spot

Jonathan Gold looks back on his music reporter days covering N.W.A and the gansta braggadocio delivered by Eazy-E, MC Ren and Dr. Dre.

Jerry Heller on the other women 'Straight Outta Compton' forgot

J.J. Fad helped Ruthless Records rise with its hit 'Supersonic,' but N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' leaves out the story.

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

Ice Cube talks about the long road to making 'Straight Outta Compton,' working with his son and former band mates and more.

How Jason Mitchell went from unknown actor to Eazy-E in 'Straight Outta Compton'

Jason Mitchell brings 'the rain' and tears to his role as Eric 'Eazy-E' Wright in the new hit film 'Straight Outta Compton.'

N.W.A film 'Straight Outta Compton' starts fast but runs out of gas

'Straight Outta Compton' tells a riveting story about the rise of rap group N.W.A, but too many story lines drag the film down.

The 'Compton' moment and how Dr. Dre is asserting the dominance of L.A. hip-hop

Once, Dr. Dre was an angry young man in N.W.A. His heirs heard, and learned. His 'Compton: A Soundtrack,' could've been 12 variations on 'I told you so,' but instead, it's a sleek, heat-sealed package.

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube relive youth on 'Straight Outta Compton' set

The 'Straight Outta Compton' film on N.W.A tries to capture the L.A. rap group in 1980s and'90s but reflects current issues too.

Dr. Dre's new album 'Compton' a master class in music, culture, business

'Compton,' Dr. Dre's first album since 1999, lands as a complete package in which all of the rap mogul's talents converge.

Suge Knight's arrest foreshadowed in 'Straight Outta Compton' scene

'Straight Outta Compton' film depicts Suge Knight tearing out of a parking lot in an eerie similarity to this week's allegations.

Wary N.W.A critic turned true believer

Watts riots still mostly off Hollywood's radar after 50 years

Movie audiences have seen 'Selma' and 'The Help,' but no films about the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles.