Straight Outta Compton Is NSFW But Timely In Its Delivery

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Over the weekend, Universal dropped the first trailer for its summer release Straight Outta Compton. With a minute-long black-and-white intro featuring Ice Cube and Dr. Dre cruising the neighborhood of Compton, the video segues to a restricted trailer that chronicles the rise of the rap entity known as N.W.A. The docudrama from F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job) follows the group as boys in the hood who use the lyrical freedom of rap as a form of protest, shining a reflection on their day-to-day reality. The methodology about the ad, honing in on the Los Angeles race riots after the police acquittal in the Rodney King beating, seems to emphasize the cultural schism that is still prevalent between blacks and whites. Whether or not this will translate well on the screen or with audiences is left to be decided.

When five teens use music as a means to share with the world the reality that is their lives in the city of Compton, California, it would start a movement that rebelled against authority and injustice to minority victims. The rise and fall of N.W.A. would inspire a number of hip-hop artists that thrive in today’s culture. Straight Outta Compton tells the story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood igniting a cultural war. The film stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchel as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. Universal Pictures releases the film in theaters August 14, 2015.


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