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Straight Outta Compton

Hey Cats,

If like me you grew up in the 80s and 90s then whether you knew it or not you were in the golden age of hip hop. A time when things really started to change and the reality of struggles people  were facing were brought into the mainstream. When I heard there was going to be a film based around NWA my thoughts were 'Damn! It's about time'.


Even if you don't follow hip hop this is a biographical drama that shouldn't be missed. Already nominated for numerous awards a true story about heartache and the rise of the underdog from the streets to the stage. The film takes it's name from NWA's debut album representing Compton California where these young men grew up in neighbourhoods where police stopped you in the street because of the colour of your skin. Something that sadly still goes on to this day and the film highlights how unjustified these actions are,  Capturing the anger and frustration that became the world wide hit 'Fuck The Police'. 

There is drama and suspense when we are given insight into the corruption that can come from record companies and managers and we see this causing rifts between the members of NWA. Bold moves are taken, friendships rocked and if you have never listened to any of their music the story alone will keep you hooked. Even though I followed hip hop growing up I learnt so much I didn't know particularly about Ice Cube.


The only downfall to the film is we didn't hear enough from everyone in NWA the prime focus seemed to play around Ice Cube, Dr Dre and Easy E and we were barely introduced to the other members of NWA.

Music fan or not give this film a watch it is a must see and well worth the 2 and a half hour run time, Kick back with some pizza like I did and grab a slice of history. 

Did you see Straight Outta Compton? What did you think?

18 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this film thought it was great. It's now out to buy x

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  2. Oooh - I am of the same era for definite - although I was much more in to RnB (Blackstreet) etc x

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  3. I read something about this movie today. There were some people complaining that only the writer won some awards and none of the actual actors.
    Not much into the music, but as a 80/90s kid I will definitely watch the movie. Curiosity got me ;))

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  4. We have seen this, I love true life films anyway so was easily pleased, my husband enjoyed the film as well x

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  5. No but I wanted to! I am a fan of hip-hop and the struggle that these artists had to get to the top is commendable.

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  6. I was born in 1980 so may just have to give this a try

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  7. I really want to see this film! I'm a little young for NWA in their heyday, but of course I know about them and what they did. Must get this on my list to see xx

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  8. I haven't seen it yet but I really want to!

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  9. No I haven't watched this but would love to. Sounds like a good one to me and watching it with a slice of pizza sounds like just the plan for this weekend.

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  10. I still haven't seen this and it has been on my list for ages. I need to see it this week!

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  11. The story of NWA is a really interesting one and I really want to watch this film!! Their impact on the music industry is unknown to many so I'm glad this film was made.

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  12. Ive been wondering what this is about and now I know, so thanks for the review, not too sure it is for me x

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  13. I think I might give this one a miss. I didn't enjoy the music in its heyday and I like my films to be a bit lighter than this. Your review is appreciated but its just a matter of different tastes.

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  14. I haven't seen it and it's not really my kind of music or film but I have heard some really good things about it! I think it will be something I will end up watching at some point. I enjoyed reading your review though it has actually made me more inclined to watch it than from trailers alone

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  15. Heard of the film, but didn't know what it was about. I grew up listening to Dr dre so would love to see this film. Do they play themselves in it?

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  16. I would be keen to watch this movie, sounds interesting!

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  17. I don't listen to a lot of hiphop music but this does look really interesting, I'd love to see it X

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  18. I loved this film! I thought the story was told in a really gritty way, I'm a little young to remember NWA in their heyday but of course know of their music. Really thought provoking film I found

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