Straight Outta Compton ***


IMDB Synopsis: NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

“Straight Outta Compton” is a biopic about the hip hop group NWA. Anybody who lived through the 80’s and 90’s should watch this film because the filmmakers have painstakingly recreated both those decades in all their glory. The technical aspects of this film are amazing. And not just the locations and the time frame but the music and the performances were awesome as well.

NWA were a force back when they were together. This film couldn’t be more timely as more and more African American’s are being harassed and murdered by the police almost every day. This film serves as a reminder that things really have not changed all that much. Only difference is that everybody has a video camera in their pocket these days.

My only problem with this film is that it goes on way too long. I didn’t really see a reason to go so deep in to the Death Row era of rap history. That stuff is ripe for a separate feature length film. It felt like the film was just becoming a whole lot of cameos. Still the first two hours of this film are insanely good.

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