Films and music are rarely covered here, but a very proper exception will be made in this case. Friday August 14th 2015 marks the nation-wide release of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON: an autobiographical film based on the most notorious and important Rap group ever, Niggaz With Attitude. N.W.A. were important because of their unflinching message of street life in 1980's Los Angeles. Many of the legendary group's songs spoke directly to life under racist, authoritarian rule for Black people in the ghettos of L.A., as well as for Blacks in America at large. Close to 30 years before Black Lives Matter, before "Stop 'n Frisk" policies were outted, police terror units cracked down on Occupy encampments with brutal calculation, The ruthless Rap group from Compton, CA
Classic Crew: N.W.A. back in da day. Left to right: Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E(rip), DJ Yella, and MC Ren.
Obviously, cops (being the out-right bastards that they all are) despised N.W.A. from the very beginning. And opportunistic worthless politicians (both Republican and Democrat, mostly White but some turncoat Blacks) did everything in their power to try and destroy the group and silence their truthful words. Racist, White America both loathed and feared them to no end... even though its suburban children were secretly falling in love with both N.W.A. and the burgeoning Gangsta Rap/West Coast Hip-Hop scene for which they helped pioneer. Even though they would last for only a 5-year period from 1986 to 1991, N.W.A. as a unit would prove to be the most influential Rap group ever, having released songs such as Straight Outta Compton, Fuk Da Police, and Alwayz Into Somethin', Theirs is a message that remains distressingly relevant to this day.
Watch the trailer for Straight Outta Compton HERE.