So as I stated my in part 1 my back history should have prepared you for the disappointment of have to wait the ENTIRE WEEKEND for me to post the part 2 that was "promised" for Friday. However in my defense Straight Out Of Compton did gross over 60 million dollars, and was sold out in my local movie theater for seventeen straight show times and that's not an exaggeration. Before we get into this review/me just talking endlessly about bullshit expecting to get cheap pops and the usual. I would like to say... there will be spoilers* (although I you don't know whats coming, you must have been born in 1999).
Straight Out Of Compton the biopic about 1986-1992 super group N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) starts in the hood of West Compton in the local crack house, where Eric (Eazy E) Wright runs into an interesting and tricky situation with some dishonest drug dealers (not that we should be that surprised). However somewhere in the confusion the police are tipped off and are on their way with a battering ram full speed a head quickly surrounding the "bando" (that nigga for drug selling/distribution house... I looked it up.... yeah, I'm going with that excuse). Eazy is able to escape in a fairly over dramatized scene where a woman hiding drugs hysterically gets assaulted by the battering ram, and we are off to the races.
Lets lightly touch on a few things:
- Dr. Dre is a DJ to start off this movie working with DJ Yella (which was because he was light skinned... oh black racism) as members of the World Wide Wrecking Crew. (Not important)
- Ice Cube, a High school MC, is writing hip hop classics, and is put in a minor scary set of situations one in which a street gang jumps on to a loaded bus with loaded guns to threaten some of the rival gang's students. The other involve cops and harassment (Not important).
- For some odd reason we see a young Suge Knight as a security guard (funny... but still not import)
While all these things are going on Dre ends up confronting Eazy with the proposition of starting a record label. Eazy was not sold but agreed to help his friends with the endeavor. After all to this point Eazy E was just a glorified drug lord. Naming the label Ruthless Records they started looking into rappers from New York and singers. However working with these rappers and singers proved difficult. Ice Cube, although he was in another group, started writing full time for Ruthless (without a contract). Dre during one of the groups first studio sessions asked Eazy to rap over an instrumental. Eazy taking longer than the tortuous took to defeat the heir finally finishes the first song, and N.W.A. is born. They owned the local radio stations and sold an ignorant (and by ignorant I mean more albums then made sense for them to) amount of singles gaining the attention of now notorious manager Jerry Heller.
Jerry Heller... This movie's second half primarily is about how Jerry Heller broke up N.W.A, and it may be true. Reportedly embezzling thirteen million dollars from the group in a five year period. It's also about how purely unstable Suge Knight was/is, him attacking guys in the parking lot over a spot he believes to be his, and having a man (presumably from the "East coast") proclaim love from the west coast while clad in his underwear.... as Suge holds an attack dog with in feet of the poor young man.
You get a very detailed view of the world that was the N.W.A. Vivid details on Ice Cube's struggle with not ever officially being a member of super group that generated millions of dollars weekly. As well as his issues with Priority Records (which resulted in a pretty funny scene in which Bryan Turner the owner of Priority Records is scared half to death over royalties). Dr. Dre's issues with money, losing his brother, and Death Row Records, and Eazy E's death.
Straight Outta Compton also touched on the riots in LA. As well as a very strong and real presence of racism. From almost the beginning to the end of the movie you are reminded that police do not like black people all that much. As well as the not guilty findings of five police officers responsible for the Ronnie King beatings which sparked the warfare. Being from Torrance, CA I can remember when all this was happening and the events they are referring to. Straight Outta Compton was a great visual to the story behind the N.W.A. even if it is a little over exaggerated at times. Would I recommend it? Yes. Would I watch it again? Absolutely.