Saturday was a snow day movie marathon day….and a day for changing point of view.
I had one opinion of the hip-hop, rap music, or gangster rap, culture before the film, and a very different opinion after I watched the movie Straight Outta Compton.
The review from NYTimes critic
there is far more to the N.W.A. story — and how its rise signified for a people, the popular culture and the country at a particular Reagan-era flash point — than good times, bad times and throwing expletives at the law, as it did in a notorious song.
The film focuses on Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (played his son O’Shea Jackson Jr.) and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell). Director F. Gary Gray‘s chronicle of their success is both a confirmation of the America Dream and a scathing indictment of the societal forces that keep people from that kind of success.
The film shows how their particular form of art -a potent mix of bravado, truth, and courage- matured and established them.
Be forewarned that the language is pretty raw…there are even stats!
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