When writing a script and further more making a biography on a historic rap group decisions have to be made on what’s important to mention and what’s not. Of course with the overwhelming success from Straight Outta Compton’s debut over the weekend it wouldn’t be right if people didn’t stir the pot of controversy and question something about the film’s depiction.
The biopic details the story, life and events of the rap group N.W.A as well as its members. Naturally there are those who feel that film’s like these should feature intricate people and events that played a significant role during the particular time frame documented in the film. Many fan’s who recall some of those details and also went to see Straight Outta Compton over weekend have noticed that Dr. Dre’s ex and R&B singer/songwriter Michel’le is not portrayed nor mentioned. While Michel’le isn’t just any ex, not only do she and the iconic producer share a son but the details of the domestic abuse in their relationship have come to light in the past.
In the video below Michel’le has an open conversation with VladTV on why she was not mentioned in the new film. While she speaks frankly she doesn’t come off as bitter or hurt over it. She explains, “Why would [Dre] put me in it? I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat on and told to sit down and shut up.” In her content response she goes on to mention that she has no ill feelings and plans to go see the movie.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Dr. Dre does take a moment to address the mistakes of his past in saying, “I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life,” says Dre. “I was young, fucking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true – some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”
Dr. Dre along side Ice Cube who helped executive produce the film chose to stay focus on the real purpose behind it— how N.W.A was created, the controversial music they made, the barriers they broke and the impact they had on the Rap/Hip Hop culture in the 1990’s through the adversity they endured to get where they are today.
And despite what anyone may say or think about Michel’le not being mentioned she isn’t here for that at of all. She explains that although she and Dre don’t talk he has a good relationship with their son Marcel and that they’ve even explored musical aspirations working in the studio together. Ending the interview she makes it clear what’s important to her, the relationship between her son and his dad.