‘Straight Outta Compton’ Red Band Trailer Shows Music as a Weapon for Social Change

By February 10, 2015

Oftentimes, the movies that manage to touch people the most revolve around true stories of real people meeting adversity head-on, and in the best cases, change the society that they actively challenge. One such story ripe for the creation of a movie is that of N.W.A., considered one of the seminal music groups that both gave rise to the entire west coast hip hop scene in the 1980s, and challenged society’s perception about how their music can serve as a scathing, truthful look at certain issues that seemed to have come roaring back today.

To that end, Universal Pictures has recently released the red band trailer for Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the influential musicians that will be released this coming August. See the trailer below, and be warned that it contains harsh language and should be considered NSFW.

From the introduction by members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, the film is being framed as a look behind the music the group created as a form of “non-violent protest,” as well as depicting the members themselves encountering just how influential their music could be. While some elements from the trailer look familiar as a biopic of an existing musical group, it also looks really unconventional because of a generally grittier quality befitting the message that the group was trying to send through their music.

This isn’t too surprising since the director, F. Gary Gray, is responsible for films like 1998’s The Negotiator starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, the 2003 remake of The Italian Job, as well as 2009’s Law Abiding Citizen starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler, all of which were hard-hitting in their own respective rights.

Straight Outta Compton stars Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube (who is the real-life son of Ice Cube himself), Neil Brown as DJ Yella, and Paul Giamatti as music manager Jerry Heller. It’ll be released in the U.S. on August 14th, so keep an eye on GeekNation for any further developments!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.