Surviving Compton, which premiered over the weekend, is the latest from the Lifetime bag of biopics.
The movie has revealed some startling facts amazingly close to 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton. It sought to relay and hovers around the subject of abuse of women rap stars.
While Straight Outta Compton did broach the subject, it did not delve deep and there were gaps which the new biopic seeks to fill.
Mainly the biopic is about the travails of Michel’le’. She is a well-known American R&B singer-songwriter who shot to fame after her Billboard Top 10 single No More Lies. The R&B singer’s Something In My Heart also made her an overnight hit.
The main subject of the new biopic is the late 80s R&B star, Michel’le’s life and abuse living with her partner and NWA producer, Dr. Dre. Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Me released last weekend. It is very similar to the NWA film describing the hip-hop period of the late 80s and 90s, known for tension and violence.
Apparently, Straight Outta Compton did not do justice to Michel’le’s contribution during that time especially her dance tracks. More importantly, the movie did not bring out NWA producer Dr. Dre’s consistent and repetitive abuse of women. Michel’le, who was Dre’s long-standing girlfriend, had also pointed towards his abuse and violence against her.
Surviving Compton is more or less doing justice to this subject of violence against women at that time and will delve into Michel’le’s travails. The biopic may not be a runaway success like Straight Outa Compton, yet it will leave an indelible message in the minds of viewers.
The biopic was not devoid of drama before its release, according to The Guardian. Dr. Dre’s legal team has issued a warning against the portrayal of scenes showing violence and physical abuse against Michel’le. Dre’s lawyers threatened legal action against the movie as it shows Dre assaulting her. Dre has completely denied physical abuse of Michel’le.
Yet, the biopic Surviving Compton does portray many frightening scenes of Dre abusing her. There is a sequence where he shoots at her. Dre has been portrayed as an alcoholic abuser who also cheats her. Suge Knight, the next man in Michel’le’s life, also does not make her life a happy one.
How realistic is this portrayal of Michel’le’s life and is Dre’s abuse of her a fact? An earlier interview with Michel’le did reveal that Dre used to beat her and she suffered a great deal living with him.
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