“Straight Outta Compton” made a splash in the box office this month. Released on August 14, the film has made over $100 million worldwide— for good reason.
“N**gaz Wit Attitudes,” more commonly known as N.W.A., was a gangster-rap group formed by Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and MC Ren during the mid 1980’s.
The movie focuses on their lives and their start in music. Coming from the streets of Compton, CA, a city that was known for violent crime, the group was criticized for depicting the disrespect of women and police, and the glorification of drug use.
To this day, the members say that this was not the case. The film “Straight Outta Compton” was createdto give a glimpse of what truly happened behind the scenes of the controversy.
Whether you were a faithful N.W.A. fan, a lover of Ice Cube as an actor, or completely new to hip-hop and rap culture, this movie is something that any adult can watch and learn from.
The movie starts with a graphic drug deal gone wrong. Although this is something we have seen before, it catches the audience and hooks them for the rest of the 147 minute film.
Looking at this movie from a strictly cinematic point of view, one can see how much work truly went into every aspect of the movie.
Many scenes evoke a sense of awe, as the attention to detail in each scene is impeccably done.
For example, a raunchy hotel scene that has no cuts or edits allows the audience to move from room to room, throughout several scenes in the house., including a scene in which the audience sees a woman straddling a young Ice Cube.
The scene ends with one of the most iconic lines from Cube’s 1995 movie “Friday”, as he pushes the woman out of the room exclaiming “Bye, Felicia,” which led the entire audience into an uncontrollable laughter.
Not only was the cinematography something to be admired, the acting was as well. Most notably the portrayal of Ice Cube is memorable, as his real-life son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., was the actor chosen for the part.
He is the spitting image of his father, and he held nothing back in this movie, being the first of his career. Watching a son play his father will give anyone the fuzzies, especially with the passion he put into his performance.
With N.W.A’s hit album release of “Straight Outta Compton” came a wave of supporters of the new rap era, but also a wide range of people who were completely unsupportive oftheir music.
Many felt that their lyrics were advocative of abuse and drug use, but this movie exposes the truth of about what was occuring in this community, rather than encouraging it.
Rapping was their way of spreading the word of the reality these musicians expericed everyday.
This movie hits deep while mentioning the beating of Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles Police outraged the public in 1991.
This event ultimately led to the violent L.A. Riots, an extremely relevant event to the film, as many of N.W.A.’s songs refer to police brutality and their personal experiences.
The movie follows the lives of each member of the group, notably the devastating death of rapper Eazy-E, who died of AIDS in 1995.
The film is emotionally fueled as a result of a scene in which Eazy-E is visited by members of the group while he is in a coma.
This film was embraced by critics and the public, as its message about the adversity these rappers went through to jump start their careers is riveting and very real. It not only provokes a great emotion from the viewers as well as entertains, but educates as well.