From music to films there’s little that Ice Cube hasn’t done, including taking the lead in the development of the highly anticipated N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which will finally show the events that helped shape a crew once known as “The Most Dangerous Group in America.”
Although he’s often been credited for his part in ushering in “Gangster Rap,” in truth it was the media that coined the term, a fact Cube revealed during a candid interview with Rolling Stone. While it was Cube that penned Eric “Eazy E” Wright’s infectious “Boyz N The Hood,” it was Eazy that suggested making music that would extend far outside of the streets of Compton.
Cube explained, “We was just talking about shit that we was going through. We started doing mixtapes, which we knew wasn’t going on the radio, that’s when we really started to talk about the neighborhood. Talking about what really led into the style that we ended up doing, which is now called hardcore gangster rap.” He added, “Back then we was calling it ‘Reality Rap.’ ‘Gangster Rap’ is the name that the media coined.”
Though Detox may never happen, Cube did touch on the possibility of new music from Dr. Dre in time for the August 14 release of the film explaining, “It’s always a hope and a dream and a wish to get new music out of Dr. Dre, so it’s all how he’s feeling, If Dre feels like it, he’s going to do it. If not, then it’s cool.”
But even if Dre doesn’t bless the masses with new music, at the very least fans will finally get a chance to see the guys in their prime, an era that produced albums like Straight Outta Compton and Niggaz4Life before they finally called it quits due to internal and financial disputes. Though the split was anything but friendly, the unexpected passing of Wright from AIDs complications in 1995 helped fix old rifts; and having Wright’s family on board for the project promises a more accurate portrayal of their story.
Even 20 years after his death Cube revealed that he still misses Eazy’s sense of humor and “…his sense of marketing and just how he knew what people wanted all the time. He was just a smart cat.”
Take a look at the official trailer below or find the interview in full here.