Hip hop fans and film aficionados alike are gearing up for the August 14 release of Straight Outta Compton, the highly anticipated N.W.A biopic chronicling the rise and fall of the iconic rap group. Actors Corey Hawkins, O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Jason Mitchell—who play Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E in the film, respectively—stopped by Got Ur # to reveal what went down both in the recording studio and on set.
Explaining that Dre showed major love for the cast, Hawkins recalls bumping the Compton soundtrack with the legendary rapper-producer, who told them, "Y'all are doing y'all thing so heavy in this movie, and I'm inspired, man."
And speaking of heavy, Dre apparently cranks up the bass in the studio.
"I ain't never heard music that goddamn loud," Jackson told Fuse. "Dr. Dre plays music so f*cking loud that when he started playing it, you kind of gotta look around like, 'Is everybody else okay with this?' It's so f*cking loud, man! What are you doing?! But it thumps. Shout out to Dre!"
The cast also revealed that Straight Outta Compton almost wasn't filmed in the city of Compton, listing Atlanta and locations in Canada as initial options due to budget considerations.
"If you're saying it's Compton, I don't care what part of Winnipeg or what part of Toronto you found. It don't look like Compton. It's not gonna be the same, you know?" Jackson, who portrays his father in the movie, explained. "You needed those people from the neighborhoods—those people that remember—to make it real, to make it authentic."
The people of Compton didn't disappoint when it came to showing support for the cast and crew. They climbed onto rooftops to peek into film sets, they brought food for the actors, and even rival gangs temporarily set aside their differences to come together as a community.
"Compton came out and supported us hard. They were there every single day...just to make sure we were doing it right. But not in any negative way; it was all positivity," Hawkins said.