The City of Compton: On the Streets and on Film

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It's been more than 25 years since NWA released Straight outta Compton, and band members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are now making a film about the city and their rise to fame. But Compton's current Mayor hopes they're engaging in ancient history. There's no question that Compton has changed, and we talk with the new Mayor, Aja Brown, after we hear from KCRW's Avishay Artsy, who went to a casting call for the movie.


Aspiring actors dressed as members from the rap group NWA await to
enter the Rosecrans Recreational Center to audition for roles in the film,
Straight outta Compton, in Gardena, California on March 9, 2014
Photo by Jose Lopez

For more photos of the casting call, including dozens of Dr. Dre lookalikes, go to the WWLA blog.

KCRW is proud to announce that Avishay Artsy was the winner of a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Regional Best Feature Award for for this segment.




Warren Olney