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'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

The first trailer captures an uneasy sense of early '90s LA as it documents the rise of NWA.

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic
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The first trailer for Straight Outta Compton is here, and it looks very good and very NSFW. (Seriously, heed the Red Band warning before hitting play.) Far from being just a movie about the iconic rap group NWA, just like Ice Cube, this movie's "got somethin' to say." With an introduction from Cube and Dr. Dre, the first trailer makes it look like the film will have more in common with Selma than with something like Notorious (the Biggie Smalls biopic).

More than NWA's origin story, it looks like Straight Outta Compton will try to capture what it was like to live in LA during the era of the Rodney King riots. And just that act of expanding the movie's scope makes it much more relevant. We really can't wait to see the final product on this one, but for now, let the trailer give you chills as a young Ice Cube gives you his opinion on "tha Police." (By the way, that's Cube's son playing him, hence the uncanny resemblance.)

The movie hits theaters August 14. Check out a few key screen grabs from the trailer below.

1. Dre & Ice Cube in Modern Day Compton

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

2. Ice Cube's Son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Playing His Dad

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

3. Newcomer Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

4. Paul Giamatti as Controversial Manager Jerry Heller

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

5. Any Chance This Is a Young Snoop Dogg?

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

6. Not Sure What's Happening Here, But It Looks Scary

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

7. The Rodney King Riots

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

8. "F--- tha Police"

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

9. Meet Suge Knight

'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Like So Much More Than a Biopic

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