Earlier this week I caught a screening of Universal’s newest film, Straight Outta Compton. Going in, I had a vague understanding of the plot. Essentially, that it was about hip-hop group N.W.A., who came from the infamous Compton, CA.
The group, consisting of Dr Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren, came together in the late 80s, and their first album was titled, Straight Outta Compton (in case you were wondering how the movie was named).
The film introduces us to each of the group members separately, showing each member’s name on the screen at first introduction (with 6 guys in the group + some other characters it can be a bit hard to follow). Despite coming from different lives and situations, the guys had one thing in common. They were from Compton.
It was very interesting to see the backstory of the (arguably) most famous hip-hop group of all time, a story that I really didn’t know too much about. Granted, a lot of their story happened before I was born! Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the group, or hip-hop at all, it’s a fascinating story of music history to watch unfold.
Some added fun in the film? Post-group breakup (not a spoiler, you know these guys have solo careers!), we got a peek at Dr. Dre bringing Snoop Dogg and 2Pac to the music scene! Stick around during the credits too, to see some actual footage of past and present footage surrounding the lives of the group.
I thought the movie did a fantastic job casting, selecting actors who looked (and sounded) extremely on point with their characters. Oh and the actor who played Ice Cube? He’s actually Ice Cube’s son in real life!
The morning after I saw the film, Dr. Dre’s hit, “Forgot About Dre,” popped into my head and I was singing/rapping it as I was getting ready. Then it hit me. I DID have some knowledge of N.W.A. (aside from one of their reunion songs in my iTunes library) I just didn’t realize it at the time. If you’re familiar with the song, you do too – “Who you think brought you the oldies? Eazy-E’s, Ice Cube’s, and D.O.C’s, the Snoop D O double G’s.“
Are you a fan of N.W.A.? Will you be catching the film in theaters this weekend?