“Straight Outta Compton”

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their day! It always seems like the weekend just flies by while the weekdays drag on :/ School starts here tomorrow for my son and boyfriend. It will  be another Monday for me at the office.

As I mentioned before, I finally got to see “Straight Outta Compton” on Friday. I’ve liked  rap/hip-hop since I was about 10 years old. I hadn’t heard of N.W.A. until I was around 15, maybe a little bit younger. I’ve been an Ice Cube and Dr. Dre fan since I was a kid. For those who don’t already know, the movie is the biography about the rap group, N.W.A. Their album “Straight Outta Compton” caused a lot of controversy in the late 80s. It was their outcry against the Los Angeles Police Department. Throughout the movie, N.W.A. and African Americans were treated poorly by the cops. The album was released a couple of years before the Rodney King riots in L.A. The album was so controversial, N.W.A. was asked not to perform their hit single, “Fu*k the Police” at a concert in Detroit. The FBI also wrote them a letter regarding the album. N.W.A. used the letter to their advantage and performed their song anyway, which landed them in jail briefly.

The movie made me laugh and tear up on several occasions. I laughed through several of the scenes when the guys were starting out. The guys wrote and practiced in one another’s homes and even on the school bus. One of the funniest parts of the movie was when Eazy-E and Dr. Dre produced “Crusin in my 64.” Eazy just couldn’t get into the rhythm or song until he was alone with Dr. Dre. The movie was very sad when Eazy-E found out he was HIV positive. He lost his life about one month later at 31 years old. This was obviously the saddest part of the movie. Other sad parts of the movie include: Ice Cube leaving N.W.A. due to conflicts with their manager, Jerry Heller. N.W.A. eventually separates because they didn’t really like Heller. The only one who liked Heller was Eazy-E. He eventually believes he was stealing money from N.W.A. but it was already too late. The guys all go to different record labels. Some of the guys were upset at one another for sometime but they eventually become friends again. Prior to Eazy-E’s death, N.W.A. planned on making more music together but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

Overall, the movie is excellent! It did not seem like it was over two hours long. Those who don’t really like hip-hop would most likely still enjoy it. I recently read there will be a second part to the movie about Snoop Dogg, Tupac and other west coast rappers. I don’t think it’s a good idea. Snoop and Tupac were already mentioned in “Straight Outta Compton.” They briefly “made appearances” in the movie. I think a sequel would be overkill. There’s already a movie about Tupac’s life. Why ruin a good thing?

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