A normal day for Dr. Dre, Easy-E, and Ice Cube, three most significant members of the five-some, in South Central Los Angeles back in 1988 consisted of police harassment, gang banging, making quality rap music and, of course, the ladies! There is even trying to escape a dope house and friends turning into your enemies. It’s a dog-eat-dog world for N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray and produced by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, runs over two hours while going into depth explaining the rise from ambiguity to fame of the three rappers including the schism of business. The biopics intent was to capture all rounds of the hip-hop group which brought gangsta rap to the mainstream and sparked endless culture debates.
The impressive actors in the biopic are Cubes son O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Jason Mitchell as Easy-E, James Brown as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella.
They spend most of their time in the recording studio, talking about their lives, bragging about who’s a better rapper and who has a car. Rapping about cruising down streets in 6-4s, referring to Easy-E being that he is the only one who owns a vehicle.
The hip-hop groups persuasive white manager, Jerry Heller, being played by Paul Giamatti, takes control of their rapid growth to fame when releasing their first single, “Boyz-n-the-Hood.” Heller not only impacted their growth as a group but their division.
They are known to not have a filter and express how they feel in reflection of what they see day-to-day regarding the police. With their hit song, “F*** the Police,” which was too profane for radio play, rapidly caught the attention of the FBI, but of course, N.W.A did not care.
Living in luxury with money and women, things quickly spiral down and out of control.
Quickly, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre join Suge Knight, played by Marcos Taylor, who was known for his temper and vicious ways such as angry dog fights in the studio, lashing out in public and major contract “disputes.”
Straight Outta Compton reveals other artists that joined in during this time such as Snoop Dogg, played by Keith Stanfield, and Tupac Shakur, played by Marcc Rose.
The biopic revealed the struggles within the hip-hop group but that their bond was much stronger where they can overcome it all especially when Easy-E passed away from AIDS in 1995.
Straight Outta Compton, Universal Pictures release, will be in theaters Friday August 14.