After producing a string of films including the “Friday” franchise and “Ride Along,” Ice Cube’s N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” opens later this month.
The film traces the origins of N.W.A. — the gangsta rap group Ice Cube co-founded in Compton, California, in 1987 along with original members Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince and the late Eazy-E — but when the rapper appeared on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday, Jimmy Fallon offered up some alternative versions of the infamous acronym.
“Some people might not know what N.W.A. stands for and we can’t really say it on the air,” Fallon said.
“Especially you, Jimmy,” the rapper added.
So instead they revealed some of the things that N.W.A. doesn’t stand for in a new specially named segment.
Ice Cube was the first to play, by revealing that it doesn’t stand for “Nine White Accountants.”
Also not covered by the acronym is “No Way, Ashley,” “Nickelback Was Awesome,” “No Winking Allowed,” or “Namedropping Woody Allen.”
Surprisingly, it doesn’t stand for “Naughty Widow Ascots” either.
Director F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which analysts say is on track to make at or near its $29 million production budget on opening weekend, also stars Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella and Aldis Hodge as MC Ren. Ice Cube is played by his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
The film arrives in theaters on Friday, August 14.
“The Tonight Show” airs at 11:35 p.m. on NBC.