Straight Outta Compton (2015)

My review of Straight Outta Compton on CULTURESHOCK


Score: 2.5/5

With Straight Outta Compton we are given the origin story of N.W.A., one of the most influential bands in hip hop history. The story focuses on Easy-E, Dr. Dré and Ice Cube as they break out of the challenges of their youth to become world famous.

Emancipation of the Voiceless

There is no denying that the debut album of N.W.A., the album Straight Outta Compton, has been a defining one for a whole genre. In its wake tons of artists have emerged, including big names like 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent.

The shock factor of the lyrics on the album are put into context. “F#$% The Police” and similar songs are given perspective. The main characters grew up in tough neighbourhoods where they were often harassed by the police. Their music became the only way they could respond to the brutality they were facing from the…

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