The first red band trailer for N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" has arrived, and the enthralling clip takes a no-holds-barred approach to telling the story of the controversial rap group's origins.
N.W.A. co-founders Ice Cube and Dr. Dre provide a short introduction to the clip, in which they talk about how today's cultural climate made the timing right to finally tell the group's story. "We let people know that it's okay to say what you want to say," the rappers explain of the group's importance.
The trailer begins in Los Angeles's rough Compton neighborhood in 1987, as the trio including Ice Cube (played by the rapper's own son, O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) begin forming N.W.A. We see the recording of iconic song "Boyz-n-the-Hood" and the pushback from some members of media, who deem the group's songs, especially "F--k tha Police," as glorifying drugs and violence.
"Our art is a reflection of our reality," Cube declares at a press conference.
Later, in defiance of an order not to perform "Police" at a concert, Cube leads the crowd in raising his middle finger to the ban, then launches into a manic rendition of the incendiary track. It's a goosebump-inducing moment in a movie that's no doubt chock full of similar scenes.
Check out the full (NSFW) trailer below. "Straight Outta Compton" is slated for release on April 14, 2015.
[via: Rolling Stone]
Photo credit: Universal