The soundtrack, score and director’s cut for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is set for release early next year.
Straight Outta Compton was released in UK cinemas in August this year to rave reviews and became a box office smash, grossing $200 million at the US Box Office alone. The biographical drama, named after the rap group’s 1988 debut album, recalls the true story of the rise of hip-hop group NWA and producers for the biopic included group members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
Straight Outta Compton: The Soundtrack will include remastered versions of the West Coast rapper’s songs ‘Express Yourself’ and ‘Quiet On Tha Set’, and will be released in both CD and LP format on January, 8 2016. The original score for the motion picture, which was composed and conducted by Joseph Trapanese, will arrive on the same day.
A director’s cut by F Gary Gray will be released on digital HD format on January 5 with the DVD and Blu-Ray following on January 19. The director’s version features deleted scenes from the original cut, commentary from the Gray and a special feature that goes behind-the-scenes at NWA’s infamous show in Detroit, where their song ‘Fuck Tha Police’ incited a riot and arrests for the group.
Last week a demo version of ‘Fuck Tha Police’ was unearthed by website Global Grind, and features an unheard extra verse from Ice Cube. You can listen to the recording in the video below.
Former NWA manager Jerry Heller is currently suing the filmmakers for over $100m (£71m) over his depiction in the film, by Paul Giamatti. In a report compiled by TMZ, Heller claims that his portrayal in the film is “false and damaging” and he labelled some of the stories involving him as “lies”. He is suing the filmmakers for $35m (£22m) in compensation, plus is seeking an additional $75m (£48m) in damages as well as 100 per cent of the films profits.
Earlier this year, Dr Dre released ‘Compton: A Soundtrack’, marking his first studio album since ‘2001’ which was released in November 1999. Earlier this year Dre told Rolling Stone that the long awaited follow up to ‘2001’ entitled ‘Detox’ has been scrapped, because it didn’t reach his high standards.