It moves my heart to see the NWA movie coming out, for several reasons…
1. Arguably one of the greatest hip hop groups to ever emerge, NWA truly originated that gangsta shit. But digging deeper, “Straight Outta Compton” brought to the light the plight of the young black man fighting for survival in the midst of the Wild Wild West that had been cultivated for them. All of a sudden, the whole world was tuned into the music and lyrics of these five powerful, extremely talented, uncensored young black men, telling it exactly how it was. Ice Cube, MC Ren, D.J Yella, Dr. Dre, and Eazy E. The lyrics cut through you like a knife, and the soundtrack was phenomenal, introducing us to one of the greatest producers of our lifetime.
And who was more passionate, vivid, energetic, and brilliant than the immortal Cube, writing lyrics for himself, Eazy, and Dre? Their story must be told.
2. The group provided the roots for some of the most influential voices ever in hip hop, from Cube and Eazy, to the D.O.C., Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Tupac, Eminem, The Game, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar. Their story must be told.
3. How crucial is the example of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre to the power of overcoming adversity and truly seeing the bigger picture? The infamous beef between NWA and Cube after his departure from the group was bitter and brutal. Cube would turn around and record “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” (still in my top 5) with Chuck D and the Bomb Squad, and it was on!! However as time went on, and around the time of Eazy’s death from AIDS, they would eventually bury the hatchet, and all that negative energy was reinvested into much bigger and better things. These brothers became entrepreneur powerhouses!! From the streets of Compton, to Hiphop royalty, to Hollywood Blockbusters and Beats headphones, they did the Damn thang! Their story must be told.
4. HIP HOP NEEDS THIS!! All these heartless emcees on the airwaves….it reminds me of these lazy comedians with the faux-Richard Pryor syndrome…profanity laced routines with none of the brilliant storytelling, in-depth characters, or imparting wisdom. Commercial rap music has become extremely disappointing lyrically, with only a handful of emcees who can truly moveand inspire. Not hating on trap beats and some of the new cats doing they thing, but when this current sound of “hip hop” is left behind, you will still be hearing the real hip hop classics like NWA, BDP, Rakim, Slick Rick, Nas, Lyte, Outkast, Pac and the like, because THAT SHIT CAME FROM THE HEART. These new cats coming up desperately need to see how the depth of dope lyrics and amazing music is crucial to society, and is the ultimate difference between one’s music being considered tired, or timeless. Their story must be told.
Hyped for “Straight Outta Compton”