a16z Podcast

a16z Podcast: Straight Outta Compton, The Interview

Ice Cube, Ben Horowitz, F. Gary Gray, Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Jason Mitchell

Posted August 14, 2015


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