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Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem appear on “insane” Straight Outta Compton soundtrack

Director F. Gary Gray says OST shows a "evolved," "matured" Dre

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    Director F. Gary Gray is in San Diego promoting his short movie based on the Assassin’s Creed video game series. When he sat down to chat with MTV News, however, he shared a few details up his forthcoming biopic about N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton, specifically regarding the film’s soundtrack. Gray revealed that Dr. Dre worked on recorded a bunch of new material for the OST, which also features contributions from Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.

    “Dr. Dre, it took him 15 years to step out and say, ’I want to do music again’ in the way that he’s doing it. The soundtrack is insane,” Gray exclaimed. “Seriously, it’s incredible. He went deep and you can hear some of his influences, with jazz and soul and a little bit of funk. And Kendrick Lamar is on, Eminem; a lot of great guest stars. But it’s really Dre and how he’s evolved and how he’s matured as not only a person, but as an artist. It’s deep and it’s great.”

    He wasn’t perfectly clear if Lamar and Em were simply “guest stars” on Dr. Dre’s new tracks, of if they’d be contributing new material of their own. There’s also no word about any classic or unreleased N.W.A. cuts, though some of that will likely be included.

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    Gray also talked about the film itself, and said he focused on making a film that gives as thorough a story about the hip-hop legends as possible. “The details, the stories, the authenticity that you get and you can draw from these guys, it goes beyond googling what happened in the Death Row days or googling what happened when the group broke up,” he said, noting that having access to Dre, executive producer Ice Cube, and the widow of Eazy-E, allowed him to get the best accounts of the facts. “And I think that’s what people want to see.”

    Straight Outta Compton stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, and Paul Giamatti as the group’s manager, Jerry Heller. It hits theaters August 14th. Below, watch MTV’s interview:

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