A cast seems to be set for the sequel to the smash movie, Straight Outta Compton. The movie DPG 4 Life, or Dogg Pound 4 Life, will show the rise and fall of the super-group that emanated from Dr. Dre’s partnering with Suge Knight at Death Row Records. Death Row vet Daz Dillinger posted pictures of the cast together in the studio on his Instagram account.
The rumored cast of the movie goes as follow:
- Azad Arnaud as Daz Dillinger
- Reggie Noble as Suge Knight
- Melvin Jackson Jr. as Kurupt
- DaDa as Tupac
- Curtis Young (Dr. Dre’s son) as Dr. Dre
It seems that many more Hip-Hop movies will now have a chance to see the light of day thanks to the success of Straight Outta Compton.
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The Welcome to Death Row movie is currently being shopped around, and is seriously being considered to be the sequel to F. Gary Gray’s masterpiece, after the box office success of Straight Outta Compton. According to the Hollywood Reporter:
In the wake of Straight Outta Compton‘s box-office success, APA is shopping Welcome to Death Row, which features many of the same figures from the Universal hit.
The agency has put together a package based on a book and documentary of the same name by S. Leigh Savidge, who received a story and co-executive producer credit on Compton.
While Compton chronicles the rise and breakup of seminal gangsta rap group N.W.A — a span that covers nearly a decade from the late 1980s to 1996 — and features the group’s members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E as the film’s three main protagonists, Welcome to Death Row involves the years after N.W.A formed, one of the most explosive and controversial periods in music history. It’s an era when artists like Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur forged mega-solo careers and Death Row Records‘ Suge Knight reigned as the most powerful and feared hip-hop executive in the business.
For the third straight week, F. Gary Gray and Will Packer‘s masterpiece of an N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, is the #1 movie at the box office.
With a $13.4 million weekend, SOC squeaked past Zac Efron‘s We Are Your Friends to take the top spot, resulting in an impressive $134 million three week total. Considering the film took $29 million to make, that’s an incredible under-a-month haul. For what it’s worth, very early pre-release projections from Universal Studios had Straight Outta Compton pulling in less than $30 million opening weekend.
Hopefully, this helps bring even more attention to the scene-stealing performances from O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell, who portrayed Ice Cube and Eazy-E respectively.
Straight Outta Compton has already seen a couple controversies hover over its extremely well-received release, and today, it appears they have another one headed their way.
Jerry Heller, Eazy-E‘s manager and an integral part of the infrastructure that helped to catapult N.W.A. to astronomic success, was portrayed by Paul Giamatti as somewhat of a contradiction–a compassionate businessman who used the group’s lack of knowledge of the music industry to his financial advantage.
Apparently, Heller, who recently saw the movie, is not okay with how things played out. We already know that he was not consulted about the film, thanks to his interview with Grantland, but it sounds as if his portrayal will prompt him to take legal action. His comments to the L.A. Times were as follows.
I did see it on Saturday, and I’m still not willing to comment right now on that movie because I think sooner or later it may be part of an ongoing litigation.
We’ll see where this goes.
It’s feeling like the late 80s again for the remaining, former members of N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton has been the top movie for two weeks straight and it’s grossing at $100 mill and counting. Of course it’s only right that companies try to franchise the movie because it was so successful, and due to Dr. Dre’s relationship with Apple it’s easy for Apple to do so.
For $400 you can own the bluetooth accessible headphones with the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ logo plastered on the front:
Imagine if you can customize the logo just like the memes, then Apple can get my $400.
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Dr. Dre has been on a winning streak. He’s on the top of the Forbes list, and the movie Straight Outta Compton reigned in the box office as well as the soundtrack which he produced. Which is no surprise that his troubled past is haunting him in the midst of all this success. The biopic omitted Dre’s alleged assaults on women including former journalist Dee Barnes, however, it is said that the assault was included in the original script.
Dr. Dre addressed the issue in the following statement released to the New York Times:
Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again. I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.
He also addressed the issue in his Rolling Stone cover story with Ice Cube saying:
I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life. I was young, fucking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true—some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.
Apple also decided to back up their consultant with the following statement:
Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed
The women at the center of the allegations are hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes, Michel’le, an R&B singer and Dr. Dre’s former girlfriend, and Tairrie B, a onetime label mate, have all come together to tell their stories with the help of social media. Barnes argues that her coming out after the release of Straight Outta Compton isn’t opportunistic and the N.W.A members are the ones who brought up the past with the film.
The women have yet to respond to Dr. Dre’s apology. Stay tuned for any updates on this story.
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Who wouldn’t want to franchise off Straight Outta Compton considering the biopic’s respectable fluctuation in the box office.
TMZ reports that Daz, a member of former music group Dogg Pound, told them that there is a movie in the works that will pick up where N.W.A left off, following the careers of Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Daz himself, and Warren G or formally known as Dogg Pound. The movie is titled Dogg Pound For Life.
Daz also told TMZ that the influence of gang-violence on the rap industry would not be simmered down like it was in Straight Outta Compton.
As for casting, Dr. Dre’s son is allegedly supposed to take on his role. There’s no say on who will play Snoop or Ice Cube but it will not be the same actors from Straight Outta Compton. It won’t even be the same producers but according to the source, Ice Cube approves of the sequel.
Oh yeah, and how could we forget our pal Suge Knight, who indeed was a huge influence in West Coast music around this time. Of course he’ll be included in the movie, however, the producers will not be working with him.
The influence of N.W.A can be traced all the way to present day and can be seen on this info graph. So if the “sequel” does happen, can we expect a sequel following the careers of all these rappers? Or if it doesn’t happen, we can just act like we never spoke about this.
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“The truth is too ugly for a general audience” – Dee Barnes on why she was left out of the Straight Outta Compton film. Continue reading Read Dee Barnes’ Essay Addressing the Exclusion of her Assault from Straight Outta Compton
The late N.W.A rapper Eazy E was recently remembered due to the fact that the biopic Straight Outta Compton shed light on his early influence in Hip Hop.
VIBE Magazine dug beneath the surface of the biopic and uncovered some details from the rapper’s son in the most recent feature titled, “Eazy-E: The Ruthless Life Of An American Gangsta.”
Lil Eazy wants to set the record straight. Yes, he is appreciative of the good will that his father and N.W.A. have generated with the release of the Straight Outta Compton movie. He is tickled with irony that Oprah Winfrey, a noted opponent of gangsta rap, lauded Straight Outta Compton on Twitter, calling the film “powerful.” Lil E never forgets. “There has been a blatant level of disrespect for my father in the music business,” he states in a serious tone. “It’s a long time coming, but people are finally acknowledging who he was and what he did for this game.” Lil E says he plans to release a mixtape entitled Yellow Brick Road To Compton, an obvious tribute to his father who recited the very same line in the N.W.A. single “Appetite For Destruction,” as well as an Eazy-E documentary, alongside Tomica Woods-Wright. “I just want to reconnect with my father’s Ruthless Records legacy,” he says.
VIBE also said that getting in contact with the rapper’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright was difficult due to scheduling and her silence pertaining to the biopic is taken by surprise because she’s known to be fiercely protective of her husband’s legacy. So maybe we can take her silence positively as in she has nothing to defend because she was satisfied at her husband’s depiction in the film.
Check out the feature in its entirety on VIBE.
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As Straight Outta Compton is flourishing in the box office, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube filed an objection against the Suge Knight’s hit and run case they were named in, that resulted in the injury of Cle “Bone” Sloan and death of Terry Carter.
According to the N.W.A members, Suge appeared on the set of a commercial, unhappy at his “inaccurate” portrayal in the movie, despite Dre’s restraining order against Suge. Sloan requested for Suge to leave the set and Carter was playing the peacemaker. Sloan and Carter arranged for a meeting in a restaurant’s parking lot a few blocks over and that’s where everything went down.
Their motion states:
These allegations plainly demonstrate that allowing Suge to remain at the base camp posed a serious risk that Suge could have injured someone at the camp — including Dr. Dre, Bone or one of the numerous cast and crew working on the film. Certainly, the risk that Suge might leave the base camp and proceed to his fatal confrontation with Carter was no more foreseeable than the possibility that Suge would injure or kill someone else if he had been permitted to stay.
In other words, they didn’t know that things would escalate that way and they shouldn’t be held liable. Sounds like a pretty good argument to me. Stay tuned for any updates on this story.
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