biographical drama film directed by F. Gary Gray . The film revolves around the rise and fall of the Compton, California hip hop group N.W.A and borrows its title from the name of N.W.A's 1988 debut studio album . The film was released on August 14, 2015 and received highly positive reviews from fans and critics.
In 1986 Los Angeles, California, friends Dr. Dre , Eazy-E , Ice Cube , DJ Yella and MC Ren form N.W.A under Eazy-E's new label Ruthless Records . After the success of their first single, Eazy-E's " Boyz-n-the-Hood ", music manager Jerry Heller sees potential in the group, negotiates with them and is hired by Eazy-E to be their manager. Following a show, the group is picked up by Priority Records , which gives them the resources they need to make their first album;Straight Outta Compton. At this point, only Eazy-E has received a contract from Heller and the label, while the others still wait for theirs.
AfterStraight Outta Comptonis released and becomes a smash hit, N.W.A goes on a national tour across the United States. Along the way, the group encounters many protests directed against them. At one show a violent riot escalates after the group is arrested for performing " Fuck tha Police " against the police's wishes. Shortly after, Ice Cube becomes suspicious of Heller's management and his relationship with Eazy-E. He promptly confronts the two and is told that the remaining contracts are still being written. Finally, on the night before the group returns home from their tour, Ice Cube meets with Heller to sign the contract papers. He decides not to sign when he discovers that all the other group members would be making less money than Eazy-E despite the fact that each one, as a collective did the same amount of work to make the group successful. In addition, Ice Cube learns that he was the last one to sign off on the contract. Angered by this discovery, Ice Cube leaves the group after the tour and pursues a solo career.
Following the tour, Ice Cube has a very well received first solo album which also gains more popularity and sales thanStraight Outta Compton. Feeling envious against his success, the group immediately releases the album100 Miles and Runnin'where they attacked Ice Cube for leaving. Angered by this, Ice Cube makes a diss track attacking the group and Heller. During this time, Dre becomes associated with Suge Knight , who tries to convince him to leave N.W.A to start his own company with Knight. Realizing that Heller is taking advantage of him, Dre meets with Eazy-E to try and work out the contract. When this fails Dre leaves the group. Following these events, Eazy-E is physically assaulted by Suge Knight and his crew in their effort to persuade him to sign off on Dre's contract with him and Heller. Despite all this chaos, Dre enjoys his new found freedom, comes out with The Chronic and begins producing songs for other rappers. Dre later becomes upset when he notices Suge Knight's violent behavior and lifestyle and begins to wonder if he had made the right choice.
Now without Dre and Ice Cube, Eazy-E begins to suspect that Heller is being less than truthful in his business practices as money starts disappearing from their label. He also becomes ill but continues to ignore suggestions by others to see a physician. At a club in New York City in December 1994, Eazy-E and Ice Cube cross paths and rekindle their friendship, with Cube saying that without Heller, he is ready to re-form N.W.A. After returning home, Eazy-E finds out that Heller had indeed embezzled money from the group and fires him. He later calls Dre to let him know that he fired Heller and wants to revive N.W.A. Dre agrees and Yella, Ren and Eazy-E begin working on new material. During one of the sessions, Eazy-E collapses and is taken to the hospital where he is diagnosed with HIV . During his treatment, each member of the group emotionally visits with Eazy-E before his death on March 26, 1995.
The film concludes with Dr. Dre meeting with Suge Knight and telling Knight he is leaving to start his own label . During the credits, the viewers are shown what happened to the surviving members of the group. Ice Cube still records music and has become a successful actor with films such as;Boyz n the Hood,Friday,XXX: State of the Union, andRide Along. Dr. Dre formed Aftermath Entertainment in 1996, where he signed Detroit rapper Eminem and Queens rapper 50 Cent , both crediting him for their success. Dre also started Beats Electronics which was purchased by Apple Inc. for $3 billion on August 1, 2014.