“Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters Friday (Aug. 14), but before audiences get to see the film, the cast and creators are hosting a chat live online for fans. The talk will discuss the rise and fall of N.W.A, as well as social issues explored in the movie alongside members of the Compton, Calif. community.
On Tuesday (Aug. 11) starting at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT original N.W.A members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and MC Ren; “Straight Outta Compton” director/producer F. Gary Gray; cast members O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) and Jason Mitchell (Easy E) will all be on hand discussing the upcoming Universal film via live stream.
“Straight Outta Compton” tells the story of the rise of one of the most influential groups in hip hop, N.W.A., and how they revolutionized the industry by telling through song what life was like growing up in Compton. The film gets its title from the group’s first studio album, released in 1988.
Throughout the group’s five years together they were widely criticized for their obscene lyrics, which many thought glorified crime and violence and disrespected women. As a result of this, N.W.A.’s music was banned from being played at many radio stations at various times.
“Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters Friday, Aug. 14.