History is written by the winners. Apparently biopics are written by the billionaire — as the NWA movie, Straight Outta Compton, produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, minimizes and marginalizes the contributions MC Ren made to the seminal rap group.
Despite having writing or co-writing credits on 32 of 43 songs on the most significant NWA/NWA-related albums, the movie treats the Villain in Black like a central casting extra who just happened to be along for the ride ... and free Raiders' gear.
And we also look at the reshaping of Dre's image, the blatant omission of any acknowledgement of his violence toward women, and MC Ren's reprehensible response to Dre's most violent assault.
- 01:13:09 — Dee Barnes