When I first listened to the album “Straight Outta Compton” I was a freshman in college, and writing a lousy paper. After hearing it I understood why N.W.A. was such a huge influence in Rap today, and how their influence spread across the black community. I also was able to get a glimpse of how they felt back in the late 80’s when police brutality was running rampant. After seeing the movie “Straight Outta Compton” as a college Junior I felt the same things I felt when I first heard the album along with a lot more. The movie is sad, funny, and informative to say the least. Here are 10 reasons why “Straight Outta Compton” was a dope movie.
10. It highlighted how young men can be taken advantage of in the music business.
Ice Cube recorded a whole album and went on tour and didn’t have a contract. Jerry Heller made a lot of money off Cube as well as other group members. Young rappers getting exploited in the music business is something we hear about all time, ask Bobby Shmurda.
9. How accurately the story was told.
The story was told very accurately which is an obstacle when making a biographical film. I knew as a rap nerd that Eazy E didn’t do his “Boyz In The Hood” verse without his glasses on and before he did it correctly in the movie his glasses were on. Case in point.
8. Baseball bat scene with Ice Cube.
During the movie Ice Cube’s frustration was continually growing over not being fairly paid. It all came to a head when a record exec that promised Cube his payday didn’t come through. The result? An amazing scene of young O’Shea pretty much swinging for the fences in a cozy office while the Lench Mob looked on as if they were batting coaches.
7. The scenery within the movie.
The scenery within the movie was spectacular to say the least. Ice Cube’s scene breaking everything in the office, the performance of “F*ck The Police” in Detroit, and Tupac’s studio scene all made me feel like I was there.
6. How good the acting was in the movie.
The acting in the movie was stellar and a few scenes almost brought tears to my eyes. The last scene where Yella can’t really talk to Eazy-E without choking on his words was pretty strong, and talking about the scenes where Jason Mitchell (He played Eazy-E) impressed would take all night.
5. How the film highlighted police brutality.
This was important not only because of the things we see happening every day with the police and African American youth, but it explained where all the groups anger stemmed from. There’s a scene in the movie where police talked to Cube’s parents with a lot of disrespect that especially hits home.
4. It shows how powerful music can be.
The movie really showed how music can affect people. The FBI sent the group a letter about the song “F*ck The Police” for what reason? They sent it because of how powerful it was and how people reacted to it.
3. It inspired a new Dr. Dre album.
Any movie that can get Dr. Dre to give us 16 new tracks out of thin air is a winner. The movie not only inspired an album, but it inspired an album from a man who hadn’t dropped in 16 years and may never drop again.
2. Movie casting.
Whoever cast this movie deserves more trophies than Drake produced by Hit-Boy and 40. Casting Cube’s son was great because he looks just like his pops, Dre and Eazy’s characters were spot on but whoever played Jimmy Iovine could really be his evil twin.
1. Jason Wright as Eazy-E.
The hardest role in the movie to play was probably Eazy-E because he’s deceased and the man himself couldn’t teach his personality and movements like the other actors. Jason Wright played the role and made it look like a piece of cake. Scenes like the one where he’s bloody by Jerry Heller’s pool and the one when he fires Heller were two of many gems that he put on during the movie.