Father..Go Figure: Dr. Dre Rejected Own Son To Play Him In N.W.A. Biopic
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Almost as soon as the biopic about the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton” was announced that it had the green light, O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson was eager to announce that he wanted his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. to play him. Given the resemblance to his father, seems like a no-brainer.
“I’ve been trying to get that pushed along. Just wanna make sure that he’s the best man for the job.” Apparently Cube convinced the Universal executives that although O’Shea is new to acting, he can handle the task. (hotnewhiphop.com)
With the legacy that Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who also has a hand in the movie-making process, it only seems natural that the father’s would want their sons to portray them .. right? He has a son that is the spitting image of him. A no-brainer …. right?
Not in Dr. Dre’s case. According to Dr. Dre’s son, Curtis Young, not only did he try out for the role, but it was in fact the “Good Dr.” who was one of the people who decided against his son acting in the movie. A far cry from Ice Cube convincing Universal executives that his son was worthy of the role.
“I actually tried out for the role, ’cause the casting company called me. But my father wanted somebody with more acting experience, and I haven’t been acting for a long time, so I’m happy for the guy that got the role. It’s one of those things where we want what’s best for the movie and for the film. I had a lot of fans that were upset about it, but whatever’s best for the film, that presents it in that light, then I’m for it.”
That is a pretty upbeat attitude after being rejected by your father to portray him. A father telling a son that he is not good enough is something that can cut very deeply.
Young actually never met his legendary father until the age of 12 when a DNA test proved that Dr. Dre was indeed his biological father. Around the same time, Curtis Young began rapping under the name Hood Surgeon and released a handful of projects under his independent record label So Hood. Curtis Young is often asked about his famous father and says that the huge shadow he casts because of his success is hard to escape.
“Yeah, it’s like waking a sleeping giant. [Laughs] You can’t get out of that giant’s shadow. So I’m still in his shadow—and because of him, I have the Young name, and the Foundation—but what I understood was, he paved the road that I gotta walk down regardless, so I need to brand myself as an artist to understand that. And by me saying that, I mean I have different entities besides music, so that’s what helped me kind of stay out of his shadow, because I’ve got things that he’s not doing. Kind of like how he’s got the headphone thing, I’ve got other things.” (xxlmag.com)
I still find it confusing that Dr. Dre would build up such a legacy and not play a bigger part in passing that legacy on to his son. In 2008, his younger son, Andre Young Jr. was found dead in his home. Perhaps, he just does not want his son to work in the cutthroat music and entertainment business. It seems cold. I could be wrong, but not even a man who calls himself Ice Cube would let the opportunity pass for HIS son.
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