Straight Outta Compton got a lot of buzz and praise last year, and it wasn’t misplaced. The rags-to-riches story of N.W.A. is compelling and the acting was exceptional. But there’s one aspect of the group’s rise to fame that they omit: Dr. Dre’s violent past.
Dee Barnes, the host of a former Fox show called Pump It Up!, and one of the women Dre’s assaulted in the past, talked about her reaction to the movie when it first came out, addressing the very intentional omission. “The biggest problem with Straight Outta Compton is that it ignores several of N.W.A.’s own harsh realities,” she penned in a personal essay on Gawker.
R&B Singer Michel’le, who was engaged to Dre and has a son with him, also spoke out about her exclusion from the film. "Why would Dre put me in it?” she asks in an interview with VladTV. “If they start from where they start from, I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up."
Well, the singer is no longer staying quiet and the first trailer for the upcoming Lifetime movie, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, gives us a glimpse into her experience. “Behind the men who changed hip-hop is the woman who knows the truth,” the trailer reads. The video depicts Michel’le—high-pitched voice and all—singing, her and Dre falling in love, and a string of violent scenes, one of which shows Dre grabbing the singer by the throat. “It’s your turn to be scared,” a voice whispers toward the end.
The movie airs on Lifetime on October 15.