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First-Hand Accounts of the Night Eazy-E & Ice Cube Ended Their Feud

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

In the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton there’s a scene toward the end where Eazy-E walks into a nightclub. Upon entry, everyone’s vibing to Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear,” a clear sign the Ruthless Records headman was on the opposite side of the country in a place just beginning to accept what he had started nearly a half decade prior.

When the then estranged member of Niggas With Attitude gets to the back of the club he confronts Ice Cube and a moment of tension ensues. The two–surrounded by security–eye each other down waiting for the other to give in and admit their wrongdoing. Both E and Cube contributed to the break up of the group that made them famous so as each let their guard down they began to reconcile and talk about the future.

Biopics have the tough task of walking the line between piquing the interest of a general audience and portraying what actually happened. They also have to cast characters who look and sound like the real deal as those with either inside or outside knowledge of the real life plot will be the first to dismiss anything they’ve heard or experienced to the contrary.

Just weeks after Straight Outta Compton’s release those who’ve had a chance to watch and re-watch the movie in theaters (and on bootleg) have come to the general consensus that–for what was shown–was mostly accurate. Some have come out, including Eazy-E’s son and daughter, and criticized certain elements of the movie, particularly the likeness of their father during the last weeks of his life and subsequent death.

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