The sequel to the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton will tell the story of Death Row Records and West Coast hip-hop, according to reports.
The Hollywood Reporter says that a follow-up film will be based on S Leigh Savidge’s 2001 documentary Welcome To Death Row. The film, which was also recently turned into a book, focuses on the likes of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G, as well as Death Row boss Suge Knight.
Savidge, who worked on Straight Outta Compton and is listed as a co-executive producer on the biopic, is reportedly shopping the project to various film networks and studios. Although he is yet to secure any rights to the music of figures involved with the documentary, the Hollywood Reporter notes that he was in a similar situation when he and co-writer Alan Wenkus began work on …Compton in 2002, with the pair eventually managing to persuade Eazy-E’s widow and rights holder Tomica Woods-Wright to help with the project.
Straight Outta Compton was released in the UK last month. The film is named after the classic NWA album and follows the rise of the outfit, touching upon their brushes with the local police and ultimate success in the music industry. Ice Cube recently said that NWA’s approach to music helped pave the way for other boundary-pushing figures in popular culture.
Ice Cube spoke to NME as part of a Twitter Q&A on Thursday (August 20) alongside his son Oshea Jackson Junior, who plays the rapper in NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. Jason Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the film, was also present.
Asked if he can imagine a hip-hop artist making the same kind of political impact as NWA did when they first emerged, Ice Cube said he was confident they could.
“People say the right things, strike the right chord, touch the right nerve. I mean I’m not going to say NWA was ultra political, we were just ultra honest. So it’s really about another group hitting the right topic at the right time and connecting with the people. They can make a big impact.”
Meanwhile, when quizzed on what he believes NWA’s legacy will be, the rapper said that anyone who pushes boundaries in their respective field has the group to thank.
“We made it OK for artists to be themselves,” he said. “We let the world know that you could be just as famous doing it hard and rough and taboo and dirty and all the other things that they call our music. We opened a door for artists like Eminem and shows like South Park. It gave young people a 360 range of expression.”