N.W.A. biopic gets a bad rap

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY CALENDAR - By Au­gust Brown au­gust.brown@la­times.com Twit­ter:@PopHiss and @Au­gustBrown

Just days af­ter IceCube an­nounced that an N.W.A. re­u­nion (well, most of a re­u­nion) would land at the BET Ex­pe­ri­ence fes­ti­val, one mem­ber of the group is lam­bast­ing the ma­jor, soon-to-be-re­leased biopic about the pi­o­neer­ing hip-hop act.

MC Ren, a found­ing rap­per and writer in the group, brought out the long knives Wed­nes­day in his crit­i­cism of the of­fi­cial trailer for “Straight Outta Comp­ton,” in which Dr. Dre and IceCube get sub­stan­tially (and al­most ex­clu­sively) more billing than the rest of the group, which also in­cluded Ren, DJ Yella and Eazy-E. The trailer was re­leased April1.

“When you have ... work on a hip hop film that don’t know... about hip hop this is what hap­pens. Howthe hell u leave me out af­ter all,” he wrote. “The work I put into them records. It’s dis­re­spect­ful to me, my­fam­ily and most of all my FANS.”

Ren, also know­nas Lorenzo Pat­ter­son, was far froma mar­ginal fig­ure in the quin­tet’s his­tory. The “Straight Outta Comp­ton” cred­its list him as a writer or co-writer on seven of the film’s10 songs. Ear­lier this week, he retweeted news of the quasi-N.W.A. re­u­nion, which will fea­ture only Ice Cube, Ren and DJ Yella.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives at Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures did not im­me­di­ately re­turn re­quests for com­ment about Ren’s dis­plea­sure with the trailer.

The roll­out for the film has had plenty of trou­ble. Suge Knight, the Death Row Records founder and once feared, now faded hip-hop mogul, has been charged with mur­der af­ter au­thor­i­ties said he ran over two men on the set of a pro­mo­tional shoot for the film. Last­week, the widow of one of the vic­tims, Terry Carter, filed a wrong­ful death law­suit that names Knight, IceCube and Dr. Dre as de­fen­dants.

“Straight Outta Comp­ton” is due in the­aters on Aug. 14.

Todd MacMil­lan Uni­ver­sal

BILLING for Ice Cube, above, and Dr. Dre drew ire of an ex-band­mate.

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