It’s been more than 25 years now since the groundbreaking rap group NWA released the controversial album “Straight Outta Compton.”

The record is widely credited as launching the gangsta rap genre. Now, two of the group’s members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, are producing a film about the band’s rise to fame.

KCRW’s Avishay Artsy went to an open casting call for the film “Straight Outta Compton” in South LA, where the band has its roots.

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Aspiring actors waited for hours to audition for roles in the film “Straight Outta Compton” at the Rosecrans Recreation Center in Gardena, Calif. on March 9, 2014. Photos by Jose Lopez.

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Eazy-E look a like, Dante "Dee Dimes" Balor, waits for his chance to audition for the N.W.A. biopic.

Eazy-E look-alike, Dante “Dee Dimes” Balor, waits for his chance to audition for the N.W.A. biopic.

Keiko Smalls, 22, auditions for the role of Ice Cube.

Keiko Smalls, 22, auditions for the role of Ice Cube.

Omari Burrell (left), 27, an aspiring actor and hip hop artist rehearses his lines for the role of Ice Cube as he awaits to audition.

Omari Burrell (left), 27, an aspiring actor and hip hop artist rehearses his lines for the role of Ice Cube as he awaits to audition.

The waiting line for a second table read with the "Straight Outta Compton" casting crew.

The waiting line for a second table read with the “Straight Outta Compton” casting crew.

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A young Eazy-E look alike laughs as the interviewer playfully tells him that he can't smile if he wants to fit the role.

A young Eazy-E look-alike laughs as the interviewer playfully tells him that he can’t smile if he wants to fit the role.

Tristen J. Winger, 27, of South L.A. and Jordan McCovey, 22, of Victorville rehearse their lines.

Tristen J. Winger (left), 27, of South L.A. and Jordan McCovey, 22, of Victorville rehearse their lines.

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Cairo Brewer, 39, awaits his opportunity to audition for the role of Dr. Dre. Brewer sets himself apart from the rest of his competition in that he traveled from Camden, New Jersey to seriously be considered for this role.

Cairo Brewer (left), 39, awaits his opportunity to audition for the role of Dr. Dre. Brewer sets himself apart from the rest of his competition in that he traveled from Camden, New Jersey to seriously be considered for this role.

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  • Chris said:

    Amazing documentation! I can't wait for the movie

  • Manoj said:

    Honest/genuine captures…evokes a mixture of deep emotions. Thanks for documenting this!

  • Xochitl said:

    I wonder if all the other remaining members of NWA will also be included as far as input in the direction of the movie? Nice photos & documentation. Hope to see & learn more about the behind the scenes, start to finish.

  • Jan said:

    The pictures look great, I look forward to see the movie when it comes out…

  • Fer said:

    Almost looks like a parody in the making; great photographs

  • Leslie said:

    So glad you caught the excitement and pride and fun that gets so lost when Compton is mentioned. According to Warren Olney (http://www.kcrw.com/news/programs/ww/ww140402compton_tries_moving) even the youngish Mayor wants to get away from Compton’s image. But what is here is the Compton that has real pride in people who move out of the worst of circumstances and go for it. I wish them all the best (or, in theater terms, broken legs).

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    […] the cities casting for Straight Outta Compton took place in was South Los Angeles. NPR affiliate KCRW was present during the Los Angeles casting to interview hopefuls about the Compton group and the […]

  • Design Quote said:

    Thanks for great collection of Photos…Looking into these photos..it can give me a real story. :)

  • friv 4 said:

    More than 25 years and a long time we can see what has been done, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, is producing a film about the band emerged. Hopefully everything can be completed in the best way.

  • Nukka said:

    Damn, crazy shit, i was there for this, and they said i look like a young snoop.. i was like.. "fashizzle dizzle" lol

  • Snipurl.Com said:

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for Mi Melland

  • Mr. Nice said:

    Dawayne Jordan is in talks to play Eazy-E. I can see why since he’s an actor and looks and acts like him. On top of that celebrities are tweeting that they want to see Dawayne play Eazy. I thought the same thing when i seen him on there.

  • N.W.A. Biopic In The Works | Coolest Rap Blog said:

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  • Sunny Leone Pics said:

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