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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (2015): More To Love Than Just The Music

Straight Otta Compton (2015), O'Shea Jackson Jr., N.W.A
Straight Otta Compton (2015), O’Shea Jackson Jr., N.W.A

Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and Paul Giamatti, Straight Outta Compton is the story of Rap group N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes). It is also one of 2015’s best films.

Already confirmed as the highest grossing musical biopic of all time, this fact alone should be reason enough to cause any film fans yet to see the movie to pay attention.

I’m an N.W.A. fan so I was always going to watch – and as I did so, I couldn’t help feeling like a V.I.P. with an ‘access all areas’ pass. A pass to the story of how one of the seminal groups in rap music’s history came to be.

I absolutely threw my hands up in the air when my favourite tracks played and had a great time because of the music but also because Straight Outta Compton is a well executed film in terms of the story, the style in which it’s shot, editing and everything else in between.

The movie represents the universal struggle of young people working hard to make their dreams come true against great odds. Odds that in this case include hailing from Compton, LA, a place rife with gun violence and racial tensions between police and the black community.

I became emotional when the unavoidable truth of discrimination was presented. A truth that felt even more real because of the fact that it’s still  all happening today, decades after the events in the movie.

By the end of F Gary Gray’s film, I felt gratitude, both for the people out there working hard for change and the fact that my reality today is fortunately quite different.

Watch it because it’s good!

Happy Film Loving 🙂


STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (2015): Great Music & Timely Social Commentary

Straight Outta Compton (2015), N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton (2015), N.W.A.

The red band trailer for F. Gary Gray’s biography of rap group N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton (2015) has landed.

Focused on the emergence of the group (ranked number 83 by Rolling Stone, on their list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time.’), fans of N.W.A’s music will be very happy indeed if the highly anticipated trailer is anything to go by.

Thankfully, due to involvement from founding members, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, original N.W.A music will be featured and performed.

As someone ever curious about routes to success / greatness, in any field and in the face of adversity, I’m ready for this film right now.

Happy Straight Outta Compton 🙂