Straight Outta Compton is bio-pic of what in 1988 was called, “The Most Dangerous Group,” Niggas With Attitude (N.W.A.) and their rise from the ghettos of Compton, CA into super stardom; allowing them to be the voices of the voiceless in the Los Angeles black communities that had been experiencing police harassment long before the 1965 Watts Riots.
The film focuses on five of the six founding members, Eric “Eazy-E” Wright (Jason Mitchell), O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson (O’Shea Jackson, Jr.), Andre “Dr. Dre” Young (Corey Hawkins), Lorenzo “MC Ren” Patterson (Aldis Hodge) and Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby (Neil Brown, Jr.). As the teenagers were surrounded by drug dealers and gang bangers, they decided to revolutionize Hip-Hop by breaking away from the party scene that was Rap music and give it the edge that was missing.
Now, what you’re going to hear from hipster and fake liberals is that the movie is, “Riveting, poignant, N.W.A. was ahead of their time. They changed the face of Hip-Hop as we know it.” All that is true, the difference is, all those bastards that were alive in 1987 or the millennials that claim to be into, “old skool” would have no idea that “Panic Zone,” was their first single and would have been the same critics that thought their lyrics were dangerous and appalling.
Straight Outta Compton is sanitized for the BS critics protection. It downplays the real rivalry between Ice Cube and and the rest of N.W.A. as just beef to sell records. Although, Dee Barnes would disagree. It also ignored the real life beef between Eazy-E and Dr. Dre after the split of N.W.A. with his EP “It’s On,” that depicted Dre as a fake gangsta from his days spinning records with World Class Wreckin’ Cru.
The Blu-Ray contains deleted scenes, the casting of the Straight Outta Compton and the Orgins of Rap group. The roughly 20 new minutes added to the film only enhance the story and that Gray wanted to tell.
Straight Outta Compton is already available on Digital HD and drops on Blu-Ray and DVD, Tuesday January 19, 2016.