Dr Dre is 50 years old guys! I didn’t even know until I watched this new interview he gave to L.A. radio station Real 92.3, with DJ Big Boy, earlier this week, in which they covered quite a lot (including the fact that Dre celebrated his 50th birthday just last month), considering how short the interview is. I feel really old right now!
In addition to his music, of course they also talked about the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, “Straight Outta Compton” – the F. Gary Gray directed drama that stars a host of relative newcomers in O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, respectively.
Carra Patterson and Paul Giamatti are also in the cast, playing Tomica Woods, Eazy-E’s widow (who inherited his share of N.W.A. song rights, and is also a producer on the film), and Jerry Heller, manager of the group.
Keith Stanfield plays Snoop Dogg.
The film, which follows the group as they emerge from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s, to go onto revolutionize pop culture with their music, is set for a release in August, 14 2015.
The full interview Dre gave to Real 92.3 is embedded below. I already listened to it and have highlighted the sections of it that relate to the upcoming film…
– He had to be convinced to bring the group’s story to the screen: “I was just nervous about putting a blemish on our legacy. The story had to be told right. And it’s incredible, man. I’m really excited about it. We had our ups and downs with the filming process, but now the edit is almost done. We’re working on music and what have you, and I think everybody’s going to appreciate it, especially everybody from Los Angeles […] As a matter of act, 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. 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.”
– On how it was seeing actors portray himself and his N.W.A. mates in the film: “We wanted to be as authentic as possible. There’s this actor, Jason Mitchell, he plays Eazy and he did an incredible job. I mean, there’s a couple of times where I got a little emotional on set. When E’s in the hospital and he finds out he has the disease and what have you, his acting was that great. Goosebumps […] Me and him [Corey Hawkins, the actor who plays Dre in the film] had some conversations beforehand. We went out to dinner a couple of times, and I told him, ‘Listen man, I don’t want you to try to copy my mannerisms or the way I speak, I just want you to embody the character and turn it into what you feel it is, and I’ll let you know if you’re doing something wrong.’ That made him feel a little more comfortable about approaching it.”
– He hopes that the film will alter public opinion on N.W.A.’s perceived treatment of black women: “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.”
– He’s working on an album that’s inspired by the movie: “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.”
The conversation is only about 16 minutes long. Watch it below: