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Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ leaves a lasting impact

Universal Pictures uses a moving story to address police brutality and racial descrimination

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“Straight Outta Compton” is an edgy, eye-opening and compelling story of one rap group’s rise to fame amid the struggle of racial issues and police brutality that inspire them to go further.

Although the movie includes vulgar language and lyrics, drug deals and excessive confrontations between LAPD officers and young African American teens, these issues help to show the audience the mistreatment of the African American community that is still prevalent in areas of society.

The rap group, N–z Wit Attitudes, made up of Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Easy-E, (Jason Mitchell), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), transformed the genre of “gangsta rap” and have inspired many artists of our time, including Snoop Dog, Tupac and Eminem — all of whom Dr. Dre launched into the music industry.

The movie begins in Compton, California in 1986, showcasing each member before the formation of N.W.A.

Eric “Eazy-E” Wright was a cocaine dealer during the “crack epidemic,” which became a major issue in the streets of Compton. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young was starting to launch his DJ career while also trying to support his wife and child. Ice Cube, friend of Dr. Dre, was in high school at the time, quietly witnessing all the events surrounding him, while he jotted lyrics in his journal.

As the film continues, the three eventually form the famous group — thanks to Eazy-E and his mass amount of money he received while immersed in the “game” of drug dealing. The group brings in DJ Yella and MC Ren — and the rest makes up the fine history of this famous group.

By the middle of 1988, N.W.A. had already recorded and begun selling their first and most infamous album, “Straight Outta Compton.” Songs from this album include the title song “Straight Outta Compton” as well as “F— the Police” which sparked much controversy in the music world as well as the country as a whole. This song was written as a lyrical protest against police brutality and encouraged listeners to engage in violence with the police. The FBI eventually got involved, sending a letter N.W.A.’s record company, Ruthless Records, managed by Jerry Heller, stating that the song was inappropriate and portrayed police officers in a negative light.

Overall, I found the storyline very powerful, as the scenes involving the people of Compton who were taken advantage of made me more mindful of these race and class issues — not only in the past, but in our country today. And, although a very serious production, the film contained many parts that got the audience and I laughing. I believe that everyone should go see this movie; I found it worth my time and money.

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