The First 'Straight Outta Compton' Trailer Is Finally Here

by Antoinette Bueno 8:04 AM PST, February 09, 2015
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Straight Outta Compton, the upcoming biopic based on the rise of rap group N.W.A., is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

The film's first trailer debuted Sunday night during the GRAMMY Awards, and to say hip-hop fans everywhere are excited is an understatement. The trailer also includes a black-and-white introduction by original members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who go back to Compton, Calif. to visit their old neighborhood and reminisce about their roots.

"Our music was like our weapon," Ice Cube, now 45, says. "What a lot of people don't realize about N.W.A. is it's non-violent protest."

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"We let people know that it's OK to say what you want to say," adds Dr. Dre, 49. "It's crazy how all these different types of people around the world feel the same way."

Rappers the Game and Kendrick Lamar -- who both also grew up in Compton -- make surprise cameos in the trailer's introduction.

Watch below, though the trailer is NSFW due to language.

Also notable in the film's first trailer is the acting debut of Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. -- who fittingly plays his own father -- as well as the film's soundtrack, which of course includes N.W.A. classics like Eazy-E's "Boyz-N-The-Hood" and the group's "Straight Outta Compton."

"He was born to play the role," Ice Cube joked to ET last June about his son's plum part, before getting serious. "We don't give out no freebies. He had to earn it. He went the whole mile. He did everything we asked him to do… I'm so proud."

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Check out our interview with the "Today Was a Good Day" rapper in the video below.

Straight Outta Compton hits theaters on August 14.