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Lifetime‚Äôs previously announced biopic of singer Michel‚Äôle, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Me, is set to premiere in October. has a 15-second teaser for it, in which the ‚ÄúSomething in My Heart‚ÄĚ singer removes a parental advisory sticker from her mouth after title cards read: ‚ÄúBehind the men who changed hip-hop is the woman who knows the truth.‚ÄĚ

It seems that the TV movie will exist as a counterpoint to last year‚Äôs N.W.A. biopic, the box-office smash Straight Outta Compton. While entertaining, that film lionized its subjects and glossed over the misogyny that ran rampant in N.W.A.‚Äôs music, and guided the discussion about it back in the late ‚Äė80s and early ‚Äė90s, when they were considered by many to be ‚Äúthe world‚Äôs most dangerous group.‚ÄĚ


Days after the release of Straight Outta Compton, VladTV posted an interview with Michel‚Äôle in which she explained her absence in the Dr. Dre- and Ice Cube-produced N.W.A. film, despite her crucial role in the World Class Wreckin‚Äô Cru, the group that spawned N.W.A. ‚ÄúWhy would [Dr.] Dre put me in it? If they start from where they start from,‚ÄĚ she said to VladTV. ‚ÄúI was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.‚ÄĚ

It wasn‚Äôt the first time Michel‚Äôle had spoken out about being abused by her ex, with whom she had a child in 1991, but this time, people actually listened. Journalist Dee Barnes also described being beat up by Dre in a piece that ran on Gawker. In response, Dr. Dre issued an apology to ‚Äúthe women I‚Äôve hurt,‚ÄĚ in the New York Times.


Michel‚Äôle was also in an eight-year relationship with Death Row Records CEO/founder Suge Knight, whom she said wanted to control her ‚Äúin every way.‚ÄĚ In July, TMZ reported that Knight sent letters to Lifetime asking his privacy be honored and that the Michel‚Äôle movie not defame him.

In Surviving Compton, Knight will be played by R. Marcos Taylor, who also played the embattled mogul in Straight Outta Compton. Rhyon Nicole Brown (Lincoln Heights) will play Michel’le.