Straight Outta Compton
Written by: Jonathan Herman
Director: Gary Gray
Stars:O’shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
This is the story of NWA, the iconic rap group that ushered in the emergence of west coast rap. I have already mentioned that I am 51 years old and that gives me an eye-witness view to a great many historical events. I did a current events story on the resignation of Richard Nixon. I watch the first Space Shuttle takeoff and the tragic explosion that killed the first female astronaut. I was at the concert in Wingate Park where Curtis Mayfield was caught in a freakish accident that left him handicapped. I watch Curtis Blow and Grandmaster Flash give way to the likes of an upstart group of California rappers who called themselves NWA (Niggas With Attitude.) Their sound was new and it caught America’s attention.
This movie accurately captures the feel of the moment. It gives a window into the emotions and conflicts that often occur when a group of artists achieve fame and fortune. The beefs, the tragedy and the predators. I laughed, I danced, I sang and I cried as my young life was replayed in the for, of music and story. The actors made me believe they were the characters they portrayed, no s,all feet considering that no only are most of the characters still alive but I watched them grow up.
This is one movie that screams “Oscar Nod” and although such a controversial group might make it hard for the stiff academy to consider them however they definitely have my vote.
Review written by Kim (Simba) Soaries of the Yea I Said It podcast.