The new N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, proves itself a crowd favorite smashing through it’s opening weekend racking up over $60 million in the box office.
The movie, directed by F. Gary Gray, and produced in part by both Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, shows a more human side to one of music’s most notorious rap groups and their involvement in early police resistance in the age of Rodney King.
While crowds may have loved the biopic, Gray’s portrayal of N.W.A. conveniently leaves out some key things that muck up the history behind the iconic group, like their open and explicit misogyny, relationships with women and early hip hop girl squad J.J. Fad.
Dr. Dre’s Attack on Dee Barnes.
At a record release party in January of 1991 at Hollywood’s Po Na Na Souk club, Dr. Dre violently beat Dee Barnes. Barnes was the host of the popular Fox hip hop show, “Pump It Up!”, and was a well-known hip-hop journalist. Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray was the cameraman on Barnes’s hit show at the time and filmed the footage for a segment on the show where Barnes discussed N.W.A and showed a clip of Ice Cube insulting his former colleagues after his departure from the group. Barnes claims that it was this particular segment that angered Dr. Dre and described the residual attack in the LA times, stating: “He picked me up by my hair and my ear and smashed my face and body into the wall…Next thing I know, I’m down on the ground and he’s kicking me in the ribs and stamping on my fingers. I ran into the women’s bathroom to hide, but he burst through the door and started bashing me in the back of the head.”
In response later that year, Dr. Dre said,
“People talk all this shit, but you know, somebody fucks with me, I’m gonna fuck with them. I just did it, you know. Ain’t nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain’t no big thing. I just threw her through a door.”
Barnes has pointed out that she didn’t want her attack depicted on the big screen claiming that, “The truth is too ugly for a general audience.” She was however adamant about the fact that it should have been addressed, especially since director, Gray, played a relatively important role in getting Dr. Dre so riled up.
Dr. Dre’s relationship with R& B Singer, Michel’le.
The R&B star and former fiance of Dr. Dre spoke out earlier this month in an interview with Vlad TV explaining she was glad to know her dark past with Dr. Dre wasn’t a part of the story. The “Something In My Heart” singer and Dr. Dre’s relationship was an extremely abusive one, leaving the R& B singer with many a black eye and scars reminding her of the violent past. In the interview she said, “Why would Dre put me in it? I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat on and told to sit down and shut up. My part has no value to, probably, what they really want to talk about, unless they want to talk.”
Female hip hop group J.J. Fad.
The influential rapping girl group. J.J. Fad, played an important role in hip-hop history as their, poppy sound offered an alternative to the aggressive rap of groups like N.W.A. Their Billboard chart topping album, Supersonic, produced by N.W.A. gave Ruthless Records the commercial success it needed to launch it to the next level. Without that record, Straight Outta Compton, may have never been the success we know it to be today.
Dr. Dre Vs. Eazy E.
Before Drake was dragging Meek with chart toppers, Eazy and Dr. Dre were throwing shade at each other like overgrown palm tress. After the official breakup of N.W.A. Dr. Dre and Eazy E were sending savage diss tracks back and forth at each other and their videos mocked each other extremely. Two of the most popular ones at the time being, “Dre Day” and “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s”.
The Real Origins of Bye Felicia.
Everyone’s favorite catch phrase was coined by N.W.A. member, Ice Cube, in the clut classic movie Friday. But in Straight Outta Compton, “Bye Felicia” is credited to a highly sexist and slut shaming punchline in the movie where the group kicks out a girl, without her clothing, claiming ”Bye Felicia!” Perhaps Cube received inspiration from the incident for the annoying neighbor in the movie who wanted to borrow everything from a cup of sugar to the VCR, played by actress, Angela Means.