Ice Cube has new movie coming out and it’s not a babysitting or barbershop related comedy–it’s Straight Outta Compton, the iconic story of N.W.A., the self-professed most dangerous group alive. As one of the very first guests (what up Nas, what up Mac) on Arsenio Hall‘s triumphant return to late night television, Cube ran down some details about the project, including the involvement of Dr. Dre and F. Gary Gray–the director of Friday and the classic video for “Good Day” (for more on that watch OKP TV’s “The Questions” session with Ice Cube) Both names are reassuring signs that the story will be handled with the hood knowledge and attention to cultural and historical detail it deserves but so far little more info on the project has been forthcoming.
Cube shouts out Kendrick Lamar and plugs Ride Along–his new Training Day-gone-wrong comedy with Kevin Hart but in between, Cube and ‘ol Triangle-head reveal some more interesting gems, including the Paramount politics behind N.W.A. being passed over for a slot on the original version of The Arsenio Hall Show–a dis that inspired Ice Cube to famously rap (On “The N**ga That Ya Love To Hate”):
“You ask me, Did I like Arsenio? / ’bout as much as the Bicentennial /I don’t give a fuck about dissin’ these fools / Cause they all scared of the Ice Cube.”
Turns out, however, that the contretemps made young O’Shea Jackson into a movie star. True story: When Cube came down to the set of the show to let Arsenio know how he felt about the situation, he met a then-intern named John Singleton, who pitched him on a role in the film that would become Boyz In The Hood. Watch the full conversation below and scroll down for the Ride Along trailer
shouts to MWP