Straight outta Compton is an American biographical drama film directed by F. Gary Gray about the success, failures and tragedy’s of the controversial Compton, California based hip hop group N.W.A.
The film depicts the lives of Eazy-E played by Jason Mitchell, Ice Cube played by O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Dr Dre played by Corey Hawkins (among any other rappers and producers we know today). The artists rise to fame at a young age and struggle to maintain there friendships whilst dealing with discrimination, family problems and business disagreements.
In the 80’s, Compton was one of the most dangerous places to live, and until N.W.A ‘put Compton on the map’ a lot of the world didn’t know just how bad it could get! Their music raised a lot of questions and speculations, both good and bad, but people where talking about Compton. The LA riots in 1992 was one of the focal points of the film, shining a light on what it was like at the time of the riots and how the unjust verdict (acquittal of policemen on trial in beating of Rodney King) was parallel to some of the issues the group rapped about.
The film gives you a bit of an insight on what life was like for aspiring hip hop artists in the 80’s, from poverty and gang violence to politics and racial issue. I was impressed that although many of the issues and situations portrayed in the film may be seen as somewhat controversial, the film felt raw and honest. The film did not portray the group and its members as perfect and didn’t seem to lie about the type of lifestyles the lived before and during fame but at the end of it all, it was always about the music and being honest about who they are and what they see and what they have been through. I highly recommend this film to both hip hop lovers and good film lovers!
“Our art is a reflection of our reality”
-Straight Outta Compton (2015)
(my film rating out of 5 stars – 5/5)
there is still time to watch Straight Outta Compton in UK cinemas / watch the trailer here