Last weekend, amongst the record temperatures and miserable weather in Southern Cali, I made it a mission to get in the air conditioning as much as possible. So, when the opportunity of seeing Straight Outta Compton presented itself, I took advantage.
First, let me just say this, the movie is fucking bad ass. Whether or not you know anything about N.W.A. or hip-hop doesn't matter. I think you could hate rap and still love this movie.
As I left the theatre, I was a bit emotional (part of it was facing the fact that I was now back in the heat and humidity). As I explained to my girlfriend, I grew up during the time that most of this movie took place -- early 90's. Yes, I might be dating myself, but who cares. My formative years were in the midst of the Rodney King beating, Eazy-E's death, Tupac's death, Biggie's death and in my opinion, one of the best period's in the history of music.
This movie is about a lot more than music and hip-hop. It's about friendships, loyalty, racism, fighting stereotypes and unnecessary police violence.
I had forgotten about the N.W.A. fallout with Jerry Heller, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, but this movie brought it back. What a time that was for music. After the fallout, 3 of the top artists in America were 3 friends from the same neighborhood who went their separate ways.
Straight Outta Compton is a reminder of what is truly important in life and it's not money. It's friendships. It's just unfortunate that it took the death of Eazy-E for these friends to realize that.
The movie also touches on some other hip-hop moguls, Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs N' Harmony and Tupac. It's crazy to think about how all of these artists came from the N.W.A. family tree.
N.W.A. was truly a head of their time. It's too bad money and pride got in the way, because if it hadn't they might still be making music together, today.
Anyway, enough from me. Go see it. And when you're done, drop me a line and let me know what you thought.