‘Straight Outta Compton’ Review

Check out this list of albums: Long Live the Kane, By All Means Necessary, Lyte as a Rock, Strictly Business, Follow the Leader, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. What do all of these have in common? These joints were released in 1988. Hip-Hop was at an all-time high and at the same time just peaking – barely even 20 years old. Parks and parking lots were filled with cars blasting that new ish from high-powered Kenwood speakers, rattling trunks and turning heads from blocks away, young emcees-in-training battled each other on street corners with hopes of becoming the next Rakim or Salt n’ Pepa. Hip-Hop was in a good space during that time. It was fun. It was…safe. Little did Hip-Hop know that it would soon and unexpectedly undergo a major paradigm shift perpetrated by five brash youths from Compton, California. As Sam Cooke once said, “A change gon’ come”, and with attitude!

In the new movie, Straight Outta Compton, Easy E, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, M.C Ren, and Ice Cube bring the noise louder than Chuck D. Does this flick shine like the jewelry on a “Dopeman”, or does it screw the audience with “No Vaseline?” Let’s go!

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