Gangsta Rap Attack

I figure I’d finish out black history month with Straight Outta Compton. Something I wouldn’t normally see, because I don’t listen to gangsta rap. I only listen to rap on the occasion that I get into the song. So why would I see Straight Outta Compton then? Well the buzz and eventual controversy surrounding it was unavoidable. Despite its relevance today, Straight Outta Compton was almost completely ignored by the Oscars. It’s very well put together, but I think it was just too intense. Since the movie delves into the beginnings of young gangsta rap group N.W.A. and how they made an impact on society at the time. Their brand of hip-hop didn’t hold back on the reality of living in a tough neighborhood. Their most career defining song was easily “F*** tha Police.” We see the rapper’s struggle and eventual success in the music industry. Paul Giamotti knows something good when he sees it. Each member is affected by the groups fame differently.  Eazy-E had his life tradcially cut short. While Dr. Dre and Ice Cube are of course the most well known members today. The latter was played to perfection by his own son O’Shea Jackson Jr. DJ Yella and MC Ren aren’t exactly household names. They wisely leave out scenes depicting the filming of Boyz n the Hood. Since it would have been too much. Not that Straight Outta Compton isn’t nearly 3 hours long. With a very R rating full of profanity, graphic nudity, gang violence, and debauchery. Exactly what you’d expect. Straight Outta Compton makes a statement that we heard loud and clear.

N.W.A. make themselves known

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