Straight Outta Compton script
Synopsis: In 1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop forever. N.W.A's first studio album, "Straight Outta Compton," stirs controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles. With guidance from veteran manager Jerry Heller, band members Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren navigate their way through the industry, acquiring fame, fortune and a place in history.

WE HEAR the multi-tracks of the song -- levels go up and down

based on Dre’s subtle FACIAL REACTIONS to the various sounds.

He singles out INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS, and as he does, WE HEAR

them, highlighting some sounds, decreasing others: BASS,

DRUMS, PIANO, VOICE... It’s pure instinct, pure joy. Until --


BAM-BAM! A fist on a locked door. The music stops as Dre

removes his headphones. We now see -

DRE’S ROOM, populated with turn tables -- one side spinning

the record he’s listening to -- DJ station and a vast sea of

LPs (sure there’s Parliament, but also Duke Ellington)

scattered around the room. A music junkie’s paradise.

On the other bed, his brother TYREE (17) chills as Dre opens

the door to find -


What happened?

VERNA GRIFFIN, 36, his Mother, and she can smell bullshit a

mile away. He flashes his smooth, easy, magnetic Dre-smile.


What happened with what?


Andre, boy, don’t play with me. Do

you even care how it makes me look?

Call in favors to get your

thoughtless ass an interview? And

you can’t even show up?


(sighs, realizing)

Sorry, I just been so focused on

this DJing that I forgot --

She frowns, shakes her head.


You have a child, Andre. And

spinning records ain't payin’ none

of the bills around here right now.


That ain’t even true, momma. I get

paid --

He pulls out a sad little wad of bills, waves it in her face.

Quick as lightning, she SNATCHES it away from him -


Fifty dollars? Damn, you a


-- THROWS it back at his chest.


It’s a start --



Andre, you know the rules around

here. In this house, you gonna work

or go to school. I don’t care if

you gonna be a janitor --

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Jonathan Herman

Jonathan Herman is an American screenwriter, best known for his work in Straight Outta Compton for which he received numerous award nominations, including Best Original Screenplay at the 88th Academy Awards. more…

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