Straight Outta Compton was an amazing movie and, as it should, it’s seen amazing success at the box office. It did over $60 million in it’s opening weekend.
I saw it on opening night and was blown away – and I don’t like most Hip-Hop biopics.
But the movie was great. But not everyone’s too happy about how the life of the NWA members were portrayed – at least in some respects.
The Whole Issue
Allegedly, Dr. Dre had a history of violence against women in his life. I’m not up on the details but the first I heard about this was an interview DJ Vlad did with a lady that goes by the name Michel’le, who says she wasn’t in the NWA biopic because she was just the girlfriend that got beat on..
Here’s the video:
Dr. Dre (and Apple..?) Respond
Well Dr. Dre has responded today (August 21) to all this drama through a statement to The New York Times where he apologizes to the women he’s hurt.
Here’s how the Times summarizes this whole thing:
…critics have charged that the movie, which was co-produced by Dr. Dre, glosses over N.W.A.’s record of misogyny and ignores allegations, including criminal charges, that Dr. Dre physically abused women.
And here’s what Dre had to say:
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.”
He added: “I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”
And Apple (yes, the company that makes your iPhone) chimed in too since that’s where Dr. Dre works as a top consultant.
“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”