t looks like the Biggie Smalls movie Notorious “has sparked a trend,” said AllHipHop.com. New Line Cinema has announced plans for a biopic about the controversial L.A. gangster rap group N.W.A. (N*ggaz With Attitude), which was active from 1986 to 1991 and featured Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. The movie’s being named after the group’s gritty second album, Straight Outta Compton (watch a video for the song)—let’s hope we get the “real” story and not the “sugar coated” one.
“I can't really see the whole N.W.A. narrative being whittled down to a two-hour movie,” said Andrew Winistorfer in PrefixMag.com, “since there is all the in-fighting, radio-bannings, and Eazy's early death to get to.” But apparently Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Tomica Wright (Eazy-E’s widow) are producing the movie, so it has a chance of being something more than “a trite biopic.”
We’ll keep our fingers crossed, said Jess Harvell in Idolator, because “hip-hop biopics have quite the ignoble history.” But whatever happens with the N.W.A. movie, it just goes to show you that “any cultural phenomenon can now go from ‘destroying the fabric of polite society’ to ‘ready for the multiplex’ in two decades or less.”
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