American producer and director, Spike Lee

For almost a month, everyone has been talking about the music biopic Straight Outta Compton – and we can’t wait to see it!

Directed by F. Gary Gray (who directed Set It Off and The Italian Job), Straight Outta Compton stars O'Shea Jackson Jr. and Corey Hawkins, as Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. The movie is based on one of hip hop’s biggest groups, N.W.A, and the influence they continue to have on music. 

On Wednesday 9 September, TRACE Urban (DStv channel 325) at 23:00 brings us a N.W. A special with Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who produced Straight Outta Compton.

Since its release in August, Straight Outta Compton has become the highest grossing music biopic of all time, earning more than $165million worldwide in ticket sales.

With this in mind, we thought we’d bring you a list of the Top 5 highest grossing black directors in the movie business.