There is a surprising lack of hip hop biopics in the world of movies, and there is especially a lack of good ones. It's been a while since New Line first announced their plans for film about Gangster Rap pioneers N.W.A., but The Hollywood Reporter has now announced that there's a new screenwriter in town, and Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center) has been hired to pen the script for Straight Outta Compton, a biopic of the controversial rappers.

The group (which included among its members guys like Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and MC Ren) were one of the founding fathers or Gangster Rap, and after the release of their second album, Straight Outta Compton, they brought a new level of social commentary into their work. These were the guys your parents warned you about, and while most of their songs never made it onto the radio (unless you were willing to listen to three and a half minutes of 'bleeps') they sold over nine million units in the U.S and made rap history with their battles over content and parental advisories.

Former member Ice Cube recently screened his own documentary, Straight Outta L.A., at Tribeca, which parallels the story of N.W.A with the story of the L.A. Raiders move to Oakland, and Cube will also be a producer on the biopic through his shingle, Cube Vision. And even though Berloff may seem like an unlikely choice for the project, keep in mind she has a way with true life scripts and the tale of N.W.A's demise is jam packed with pretty juicy stories, including in-fighting among the members, battles with their record label, and even assaults on radio and TV personalities (well, at least she won't have a shortage of material to work with). One thing is for sure; considering N.W.A's history with 'The Ladies', it's obvious that Berloff likes a challenge.
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