Straight Outta Compton trailer: New clip shows NWA's rise from violence to rap superstardom

Watch the latest trailer for the biopic of the 'world's most dangerous group'

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The latest trailer for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton has been released, showing the US hip hop group’s rise to fame from the mean streets of Compton, California in the mid-Eighties.

The clip shows the tough world of poverty and police violence that Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr), Dr Dre (Corey Hawkins) and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) came from before making the big time.

Starring Paul Giamatti as the group’s manager, F Gary Gray’s film shows the downward spiral of violent crime that “the world’s most dangerous group” continued to take part in, leading to threats from the federal government.

But the film also highlights the power of the group’s brutally honest songs, with one radio DJ in the trailer telling those listening to NWA that they are “witnessing history”.

The film is due to be released on 14 August, pitting it against a strong summer for blockbusters including Fast and Furious 7 and Jurassic World.


NWA are credited with redefining gangsta rap and west coast hip hop in the Eighties, with some critics calling them the most important group in the history of rap music.

Active from 1986 to 1991, the rap group were considered controversial due to their explicit lyrics that appeared to disrespect women and glorify drugs and crime.

The film is named after NWA’s debut album, which was released in 1988.

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Watch the first full trailer for NWA film Straight Outta Compton