Straight Outta Compton: Movie Review

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).

Straight Outta Compton group

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!

Straight Outta Compton

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?

  • Evi Aki

    Nice review! I can’t wait to see this movie this weekend. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Shann Eva

    I must be way out of the loop…I hadn’t even heard of this movie. I actually do know about the group because I’m older and was around at the time, but not my type of music. The movie might be interesting, though. Thanks for the review.

    • Really?! I feel like it’s the only commercial they play on TV I’ve seen it so much lol. The actual music didn’t take up TOO much of the movie, it was more backstory. Definitely interesting though!

  • I’m actually super curious and definitely want to see this!

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

    • I hope you’re able to catch a screening, it was very interesting!

  • Thanks for the review! I can’t wait to see it.

    xo katie // a touch of teal

    • There were some pretty intense moments! I hope you enjoy it, Katie!

  • I saw this Friday night and I loved it!!! I was actually around during NWA (although way too young to really know them) but my older bro and cousins were all huge fans when they came on the scene. It was an amazing movie.

    • So happy to hear it! My friend and I were chatting after the movie and wondering about all of the other things that went on (that were most definitely left out)! I had no idea about a lot of the events, there were quite a few tense moments!

  • I actually know virtually nothing about NWA so it’s gonna be interesting when I see it tomorrow. Especially cause I’m going with a super NWA fan….hahah I hope I’m not the super ignorant one in the crowd.

    • Haha, you’ll be ok! I only knew Dre was in it (no idea Ice Cube was) and like 2 of their songs maybe. My friend knew even less, but we both liked it! I’m sure you will too!