Last year legendary hip hop act N.W.A. was totally snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a move that left Ice Cube upset. But the group's legacy, while not yet immortalized in those iconic Cleveland halls, lives on in the form of Straight Outta Compton, an upcoming Hollywood biopic depicting the crew's rise to fame. Today, N.W.A. shared the first official trailer for the film.
The clip begins with an introduction by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, driving around their native Compton, reflecting on their journey. "This is where it all started," Dre begins. Cube jumps in: "We put it all in the music, all our frustration and anger. Our music was like our weapon."
"And that's the most powerful weapon we got," Dre continues. "It's crazy to see how all these different people around the world feel the same way that we feel. We kicked the door down for a lot of artists."
The Game and Kendrick Lamar enter the picture next, speaking to the group's undeniable influence on the rap game. "When I think of N.W.A., they weren't really music to me," Lamar explained. "It was more like a real lifestyle. Brothers from my neighborhood that made it out."
When the trailer begins, we're transported to Compton in the 1980s. It reflects the early days of N.W.A., Ice Cube (played by his now-23-year-old son, O'Shea Jackson Jr.) and Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) navigating their old stomping ground, once known as the most dangerous place in America. There's drugs, violence, government intervention—the whole shebang. Watch the trailer above; Straight Outta Compton hits theaters August 14th.