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"Straight Outta Compton" Is The Movie We Need Right Now

The new Red Band trailer for the N.W.A biopic is out and it couldn't be more resonant.

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A new Red Band trailer for Straight Outta Compton — an upcoming film about the '80s hip-hop group N.W.A — was just released, and given the events of this past year, the movie could not feel any more timely.

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The story of N.W.A mirrors what's been going on in America today in terms of civil unrest.

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Made up of five young men from Compton, California — Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), and DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) — N.W.A's music became the anthem for rebellion against police brutality and racial profiling.

The culmination of which ultimately collided with the beating of Rodney King.

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And the acquittal of the four officers charged with beating King spawned the '92 L.A. riots.


And the mission is the same, as Ice Cube says in an intro for the Straight Outta Compton trailer:

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"What a lot of people don't realize about N.W.A, it's nonviolent protest," he says. "The same thing we was going through in the '80s with the police, people going through right now." "It's a good time for us to tell our story," Dre finished.

Straight Outta Compton is scheduled to hit theaters on Aug. 14.