It’s not often that music can bring about a whole new genre, or sub-genre to be more precise. It’s even more rear that said sub-genre can bring about social change by being the voice of a subset of society that feel either under represented or just ignored. So when gangster rap started to emerge in the mid to late 80’s, there was a real movement that went with it, but it was always more than that at the same time, as quickly the mainstream took a hold of it, and catapulted it and its biggest stars into the big time.
NWA was one of the originators of this new style, and easily one of the biggest, but as quickly as they rose, their flame burnt out at the same time, though the individual members all went on their own paths with varying degrees of success. With such an interesting story to tell, and at an interesting time in history, meant there was always going to be a great biopic to be told, and with Straight Outta Compton, they found it.
Now, this is a damn good film, and really interesting to see how everything went down during that time, but also it felt it was trying to tell too much. This was the story of NWA, but felt like it became a bit more of a vanity project to focus more on Dre, Cube, and Eazy-E. Yes, they are the three big names of the group, but I felt they could have cut 20 minutes of some of the side stories, and just made a lean mean storytelling machine focusing only on what was important for NWA. So though a damn good film, it just was too bloated to be great.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!