Straight Outta Compton, the movie, is coming to theaters this summer on August 14, over 25 years after the revolutionary album changed the landscape of both rap and Southern California. For any fan of rap, this film qualifies as must-see entertainment that documents the revolutionary rise of N.W.A.
While actors portray the likes of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Easy E, the living members N.W.A. clearly played a roll in making this film a reality. The authenticity appears to be alive and well based on this preview, which, before spoiling it, you should watch–because it looks flat-out amazing and features a killer intro from Ice Cube and Dr. Dre:
Aside from featuring arguably the most socially important rap group ever and a clearly perfect soundtrack this film also includes the following aspects that makes it quite exciting:
1) Jheri Curls
2) Wheelies in the Hood
3) Naked chicks blowing shotties
4) Pigs Eating Bacon
5) Paul Giamatti With Blond Hair? Paul Giamatti with Blond Hair!
(He’s playing their manager, not Dr. Dre)
Many of us at The Smokers Club were youngsters or barely alive when N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton album hit shelves. I was one year into life when N.W.A. released this album–but it still had an impact on my primitive years. Like any smoker growing up in the 90s, this album soundtracked our lives as we battled our (less severe) growing pains and rebelled against whatever was worth rebelling against. For me, that was conforming to the norm of being a Jew from New Jersey and smoking an “illegal” substance I believed in.
Straight Outta Compton was the first album I purchased when I got my driver’s license. I would blast it pretty loudly in my Jewish suburban neighborhood and on the way to school, yelling “Fuck The Police” because it just made sense. Even though we may not be able to relate to the racial tension N.W.A. experience, the group’s ethos and general attitude still rings true today.
Because some things just never change: