This special episode of the a16z Podcast is based on a Q&A from an early screening we hosted of Universal Pictures’ Straight Outta Compton, the story of the group N.W.A. that revolutionized music and pop culture.
The Q&A features Ice Cube, producer, rapper, and one of the original members of N.W.A.; director F. Gary Gray; and Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and O’Shea Jackson Jr., who play Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube, respectively. Their wide-ranging conversation — as interviewed by a16z’s Ben Horowitz — covers the struggle, the drive, the creative process, the cycles of history, the city of Los Angeles … and why “it’s cool to be a nerd”.
photo credit: Khristopher ‘Squint’ Sandifer