'I'm really feeling what I'm working on right now,' said the former member of the hip-hop group
Dr Dre has said that he is working on new music inspired by forthcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, for possible use on a soundtrack to the film.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the rapper and producer commented: “I’m working on something right now. I don’t want to put it out there just yet and say that I’m definitely gonna put it out, but I’m really feeling what I’m working on right now. This would be a record that’s inspired by the movie.”
Two of the founding members of the LA-based hip-hop group, Dr Dre and Ice Cube, served as producers on the biopic, which has been directed by F Gary Gray, whose previous credits include 2005’s Be Cool and music videos for Jay-Z, TLC and Ice Cube. Speaking about the film Dre said that it was Ice Cube who convinced him to work on the project. “I didn’t even want to do the movie. Cube actually quarterbacked it. He went out and got the first draft for the script done,” he said. “I read it and was like, ‘OK, we can work with this. We can turn this into something. And when Gary Gray got on board, that was it. I was in.”
Dr Dre and Eazy-E are played by newcomers Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, while Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr portrays his father. Paul Giamatti appears in a supporting role as the group’s manager Jerry Heller. Straight Outta Compton is set to open in UK cinemas on August 14.
Ice Cube suggested last year that an NWA reunion could happen as he and Dr Dre collaborated on the film. Speaking to NME, Ice Cube was asked if making the film might inspire either a studio reunion or even a live comeback.
“I’d say don’t rule anything out,” he replied. “It could happen. Hopefully doing this record project will inspire Dre to make more records again. I think the movie will remind a lot of people the importance of who we were and what we did – including us. We’re here to give the people what they want so who knows what will happen after the movie.”
However, any NWA reunion would take place without the late Eazy-E, who died in 1995.