Straight Outta Compton is officially a big hit, to the point where it has now finally made N.W.A. into a commercially successful rap group that just happens to have broken up decades ago. That’s at least according to Billboard’s “Hot 100,” which now features N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” in the prestigious 38th spot, just behind “Renegades” by X Ambassadors (a.k.a. that Jeep song). This is the first time N.W.A. has ever had a hit song in Billboard’s Top 40, which would probably be a more exciting accomplishment for the group if one of its members weren’t already “the richest man in hip-hop.”
As another good indication of how successful Straight Outta Compton is, multiple studios are now trying to, essentially, make their own “unofficial” sequels and spinoffs. We’ve already reported that radio DJ Greg Mack—an early N.W.A. supporter—recently sold the adaptation rights to his autobiography to the Goddard Film Group, a studio that is, to put it one way, not very well known. Now, rapper Daz Dillinger has announced that he’s making his own pseudo-sequel to Compton that will be titled Dogg Pound 4 Life. As you might expect, it’ll focus on Daz’s Dogg Pound rap group, and—like Compton—it’ll feature appearances from a young Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. No one involved in Compton is attached in any official capacity, but Dre will apparently be played by his son, Curtis Young. Also, Suge Knight and Tupac Shakur will reportedly show up as well, making this sort of the Avengers of rap biopics.