In efforts to promote the “Straight Outta Compton” N.W.A. biopic set to hit theaters next week, Beats gave the public a #StraightOutta meme generator to celebrate the occasion.
Straight Outta Compton opens widely on August 14. Given the group’s reputation, there were extra security guards, metal detectors galore, and everyone had to remove any clothing that flaunted the red and blue “colors” of the warring gangs, the Crips and the Bloods. Pop culture is not without its ironies.
Almost 30 years ago, N.W.A was considered to be the “World’s Most unsafe Group”.
When asked how N.W.A. would respond to the social commentary of today, Gary said, “Probably the same way they did back then”.
Oakland locals are getting creative with the ‘Straight Outta…
With MC Ren – a skilled lyricist and former Crip affiliate of Eazy’s – joining the group in late ’87, the classic NWA lineup was complete. If there are any musical topics or questions that you would like to hear us talk about on future episodes – and likely have them answered by musical guests and industry professionals – please let us know by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook and tweeting us on Twitter with #LAmbCast. That line should be Straight Outta Compton’s sharpest theme, but in the moment it sputters out like a flat tire. That night, on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., at the hands of a white police officer, an angry crowd protesting the police occurred followed peaceful demonstrations earlier in the day. It also examines the influential solo careers that Ice Cube and Dr. Dre forged for themselves, as well as the uneasy and ultimately broken alliance with manager Jerry Heller played by Paul Giamatti, fresh off another ambiguously villainous role as Dr. Eugene Landy in the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy.. “I’m just interested in you capturing the essence of what we all represented individually”.
That’s Ice Cube’s advice to his children when stopped by law enforcement.
An N.W.A. movie could have come out any time in the last two decades.
We (were) sick of these people telling us what to do, Ice Cube said.
“Compton came out and supported us hard“.
“The tactics used by the LAPD and the Compton Police during those times were a bit aggressive toward young African-American boys, especially”.
He added, “It is not all the police”. They help the film coast over the bumpier spots of its by-the-numbers story, establishing what feels like a true friendship within the group, and the real, burning anger that inspired their most incendiary lyrics. Except for the new cars and high-quality HD image, I might’ve been watching the Rodney King riots or even the Watts riots, whose 50th anniversary happens to be this week. “Every time you watch the movie, you will peel back another layer and have an appreciation for the piece”. He mostly stands during this interview.