R&B Singer-songwriter and ex-wife of Dr. Dre, Michel’le, has always been candid about the physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of the rapper-mogul. Surviving Compton, a new Lifetime film based on her life, might paint an even more explicit picture of her time with Dr. Dre and Death Row Records.
Last year, in an interview with VladTV, Michel’le recounted the time that Dr. Dre shot at her. The clip was posted to YouTube just days after the premiere of Straight Outta Compton. In another clip from the interview, Michel’le expressed relief that she had been left out of the film. When the interviewer asked her about it, she had this to say:
“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. My part has no value to, probably, what they really want to talk about — unless they want to talk.”
The Lifetime production is set to premiere in October. Yesterday Billboard.com debuted a 15-second teaser for Surviving Compton, in which Michel’le rips a “Parental Advisory” sticker from her mouth, right after the sentence “Behind the men who changed hip-hop is the woman who knows the truth,” appears on the screen.
Rhyon Nicole Brown, best known for Lincoln Heights, will play Michel’le and Dr. Dre will be played by newcomer Curtis Hamilton. Suge Knight, who also had an 8-year relationship with Michel’le will be played by R. Marcos Taylor. Taylor played Knight in Straight Outta Compton, as well. According to TMZ, the real Suge Knight sent Michel’le a sternly worded letter requesting that she not defame him. Michel’le had described their relationship as being controlling “in every way” in the past.
Surviving Compton is made in partnership with Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media.