To whom do the names Lorenzo Patterson or Antoine Carraby say something? Eric Wright, O’Shea Jackson and Andre Romell Young are probably just as unknown. The name at least. At most a small scattered crowd of hardcore fans. But Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, DJ Yella and MC Ren are well beyond their music, one or the other already be accommodated. Mik Lezan, known in the story as Arabian Prince, is allowed to line up here because he also had to play a very subordinate role in the film. Understandable with such a complex story.
Director F. Gary Gray had an original version of 3.5 hours. That would perhaps be fairer to the story, but would have been a nightmare for marketing.