F. Gary Gray’s Hip Hop film, Straight Outta Compton, is a two and a half hour historical, social commentary, and docudrama, telling the story of one of hip-hop’s greatest groups N.W.A (Niggaz With Attitudes). This film is electrifying as well as poignant.
Straight Outta Compton takes place in a southern Los Angeles neighborhood in the late 80s, where six disenfranchised youths, Eric “Eazy-E” Wright (Jason Mitchell); his friend, DJ Andre “Dr Dre” Young (Corey Hawkins); and O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson (played by Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr.). Decide to independently record their debut single, Boyz-N-The-Hood. Which with the help of Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), eventually go on to record, Straight Outta Compton.
This film is not subtle, Straight Outta Compton, shows the momentum of the group’s rise to when they slowly fall apart. It’s interesting for West Coast hip-hop fans but it lacks a little something especially its selective bits of history. Still it’s worth checking out if you like biopic films.