News: Ice Cube On Eazy-E's Absence For N.W.A. Biopic Making, "He Won't Be Around To See That Made"
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 4:00PM
Hip-Hop pioneer Ice Cube recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming N.W.A. biopic being in the works and the realization that Eazy-E is not alive to see his legacy on the big screen.
Despite Eazy's absence, Cube said he has had a great time working on the project.
"We're trying to put together an N.W.A movie, and he won't be around to see that made. That's what makes it a little sad, going back to the past. But for the most part, we had a ball putting it together." There's isn't too much info about the possible N.W.A biopic, but Cube does have his hands full with plenty of other Hollywood projects. He plays a police officer investigating dirty cops on the force in the film "Rampart"; they start production on that movie later in the summer. Up first is the TV adaptation of his film "Are We There Yet?" (MTV)
World Trade Center movie writer Andrea Berloff has been hired to help with the N.W.A. biopic.
Berloff is writing "Straight Outta Compton," the story of the rise and fall of the Compton, Calif.-based group. Having a white writer on black-themed projects, especially biopics, is a fairly recent trend. Sheldon Turner penned a draft of the Rick James project "Super Freak," while Brad Kane wrote the draft of the Richard Pryor project that attracted director Bill Condon. Especially noteworthy is that the person tackling the N.W.A. adaptation is a white woman. However, the scribe, repped by UTA and Benderspink, is known around town for tackling true-life stories. On top of "World Trade Center," she wrote "The Fugees," adapting a New York Times article for Universal, about a group of international refugee soccer kids who settle in Atlanta. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Eazy is remembered for being the leader in N.W.A. (N*ggaz Wit Attitude).
As the story goes, Eazy E became a rapper by accident. In 1987, the man then known as Eric Wright hired his future N.W.A bandmate Ice Cube to write a song called "Boyz-n-the-Hood" for another group signed to his upstart label, Ruthless Records. One of the guys in the other group balked at rapping the lurid lyrics, so Eazy, who'd been listening to a demo version of the song for days on end, stepped into the booth and laid it down himself. As a rapper, that was probably Eazy's peak. Those verses weren't only the first he put on wax, they were probably the best. (Phoenix New Times)
The rapper passed away in the mid-1990's from AIDS.
Following N.W.A.'s breakup, E's street credibility took a major beating, though his recordings continued to sell well when they appeared; unfortunately, he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1995, and died not long after. (All Music)
Check out a past Eazy-E interview down below: