Straight Outta Compton is the true story of the emergence of the group NWA from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980’s. The members of the NWA, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren, changed hip hop and rap culture forever with their lyrics and new beats. The stars of the movie include: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and Paul Giamatti all of which embraced their roles and did justice to the famous artists they played.
I was really excited to go see this movie, but I didn’t have super high expectations because I already have a favorite movie about a famous rapper. I hope that you have all seen 8 Mile, the story of how Eminem emerged on the rap scene. If you haven’t please go watch it and if you don’t like the movie 8 Mile, you are not my friend. Anyway, 8 Mile is a great movie, but it was exciting to hear the story of rap before people like Eminem. Some of the real founding fathers of rap music with honest lyrics.
Some of the more famous songs that can be heard throughout the movie include, Boyz-N-The-Hood, Straight Outta Compton, and The Next Episode (all of which have now been added to my playlist). It was fascinating to watch the group dynamics when it came to writing, singing, and producing this music. The music is full of stories of drugs, sex, and issues that minorities faced during the mid-1980’s, which are issues that are still present in our society today.
If you don’t like rap music, the F-word, or any sort of violence, I would skip this movie; however, if you enjoy rap battles, have a dream of becoming a rapper, or want an inside look of minority issues in our society, this is a must see. I loved this movie, so if you live in the Shoe Lofts I apologize in advance for the heavy rap music coming from the 3rd floor. I’m even thinking of giving rapping a try. My first album will be called “Straight Outta Southern Illinois.” I can promise you one thing, if you go see Straight Outta Compton, your inner rapper will emerge.
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Written by: Laura Berry