Dr Dre has discussed upcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton in a new radio interview.
The rapper and producer spoke to LA station Real 92.3 about the film, which is set to open in UK cinemas on August 14.
In the film, 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.
However, Dre has now stated that he “didn’t even want to do the movie” initially, but was convinced by Ice Cube. “Cube actually quarterbacked it. He went out and got the first draft for the script done. I read it and was like, ‘OK, we can work with this. We can turn this into something’,” he says.
One of the motives for the project, Dre reveals, was to change people’s perception of the group, especially their attitudes towards women. Dre adds: “We really wanted to get across, one of the things, was how we feel about women because there’s a big misconception, how much we respect our women.”
Dre also revealed that he’s working on “a record that’s inspired by the movie” and that he got “a little emotional on set” when he saw Mitchell playing the late Eazy E. Watch the full interview in the video below.
Elsewhere in the interview, Dre discussed recording his 1992 track ‘Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang’ with Snoop Dogg when Dogg was in prison. He recalled: “So he called in and I taped the receiver of the phone to the mic. You can hear jail sounds in the back and everything. He’s going, ‘1, 2,’ that whole thing.”
Dre also talked about what it’s like to record with Eminem. He revealed: “Working with him is crazy. He never lets me know what he’s gonna say until he gets on the mic. My face has been in my hands numerous amounts of times.”
Meanwhile, Ice Cube suggested last year (2014) that an NWA reunion could happen after he and Dr Dre collaborated on the film.
“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.”