In the next installment of “First Impressions” we catch up with the Director, cast and subjects of the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.
“The first time I heard ‘Straight Outta Compton’ was on 126th street and Normandy in Los Angeles,” says director F. Gary Gray, whose history with NWA started with shooting Ice Cube’s video for “It Was A Good Day” in 1993. “And I remember thinking ‘They’re writing about our lives over here.’ It was honest, true, gritty and politically incorrect and I loved it.”
“In New Orleans we have a huge bounce remix to ‘Boyz In The Hood’ that they use to cover all the hoods,” says Jason Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the film. “So it’s been directly related to everything I’ve done since a child and it’s still my favorite song to this day.”
Watch the full clip above to hear what Corey Hawkins, who plays Dr. Dre, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., who plays his father Ice Cube, and founding members DJ Yella and Ice Cube share as their first NWA memory.