There has been talk of a biopic on the legendary rap group N.W.A.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter
reports the upcoming film, appropriately titled Straight Outta Compton
, has a writer, Andrea Berloff
N.W.A consisted of Dr. Dre
, Ice Cube
, MC Ren
, DJ Yella
and the late-great Eazy-E
. The group was only together for five years but is considered one of the most influenetial groups in hip-hop. Their name stood for "Niggaz With Attitude" and they released four albums from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, their last album, Niggaz4Life
hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (even though Ice Cube had already left the group).
Andrea Berloff is an interesting selection to write the script for a movie about five Black men from Compton. The group captured the nation with lyrics that were labeled as misogynistic, anti-Semitic and politically incorrect. Some examples are songs like "One Less B**ch," "I'd Rather F**k You" and "A B**ch Iz a B**ch."
Berloff's only other writing credit is Oliver Stone
's World Trade Center
from 2006. You know people get enraged when Whites use the N-word? I wonder if she gets a N-word pass while writing the movie considering the name of the group! I'm just saying...
I'm all for someone getting a gig, but considering I know so many Black screenwriters who are looking for work it's a bit disappointing that someone who seems (I could be wrong -- maybe Berloff has an inner '80's gangster in her!) so far removed from this type of story is getting the chance to write it. Not saying someone needs to live and breathe the 'hood to write a biopic on N.W.A. but this group wasn't Salt-n-Pepa
or The Sugarhill Gang
-- they were politically charged in a way that scared both Whites and Blacks.
Also, I'm all for people of different races writing other stories. Whites writing the stories of African-Americans goes back to the days of Good Times and even further. An African-American did not write the screenplays for Dreamgirls
or The Color Purple
-- I only wish there was as much diversity the other way around. Nonetheless, I hope the story is properly told and not exploitated or watered down. Word is Ice Cube is producing the project along with Eazy-E's widow so maybe Berloff got the stamp of approval from Cube himself -- if that is the case then considering Cube's success in Hollywood Berloff must be a good pick.
Do you think Berloff is a good choice for the screenwriter on the N.W.A. biopic?
I look forward to the project!