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In mid-eighties Compton, Los Angeles, there’s no preliminary foreplay to violence. This includes corrupt cops who don’t hesitate to seize and arrest any black men on the streets with impunity. In this milieu, the friendship of lyricist Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), aspiring DJ Andre (Corey Hawkins) – aka Dr. Dre – and neighbourhood drug dealer Eric ‘Eazy-E’ Wright results in NWA and Ruthless Records. Interested in more than just a fierce display of raw talent and braggadocio, rap becomes their way of voicing their anti-heroic reality with brutal honesty. At first, a local club owner discourages their “hardcore shit” and all-black audiences remain somewhat sceptical.