While the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has been praised by many, some individuals — who were around during the group’s rise to fame — have said some of the film is inaccurate.
In a recent interview with Variety, N.W.A. member and film producer Ice Cube addressed this criticism… essentially saying there’s only so much you can condense into a movie for the big screen.
“I believe trying to put 10 years or more into two-and-a-half hours, there’s no way in the world you’re going to be able to tell everybody’s story,” he said. “I didn’t put this together by myself. I put this together with the blessing of [MC] Ren, [DJ] Yella, Easy[-E]’s widow Tomica [Woods], Dr. Dre — and Gary wasn’t going to just take my version of what happened. He did his own research and his own interviews.”
“So to me, the movie is an accurate account of N.W.A, the rise and fall of the group,” Cube continued. “I’m pretty sure you can probably make nine, 10 different versions of the N.W.A movie. They’ve done about seven Elvis movies. So, I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of different versions of what this movie could have been, and everybody is more than welcome to have a crack at it. But to me, we put together the best N.W.A movie that’s ever going to be put together, and if we left some people out, we left some stories out, there’s just too much to tell in two hours and 20 minutes.”
Original member Arabian Prince, who was left out of the film, recently offered his thoughts on the film, saying that MC Ren deserved a bigger role in the film… considering his huge contribution to N.W.A.