You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge. The opening line for a biopic that’s built to last. Straight Outta Compton shares the narrative of influential rap group, N.W.A. and how they emerged from the streets of Compton in 1980s Los Angeles, California. The film, stars a predominately African American cast of many new faces for the big screen including: O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), and Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E).
Since the film’s release on August 14th, 2015; Straight Outta Compton has received highly positive reviews, debuting $60.2 million opening weekend in 2,757 theaters, surpassing “American Pie 2” to become the biggest-ever August debut for an R-rated movie.
Despite the rave reviews, the F. Gary Gray film has received some negative critiques for leaving out certain parts of the story in the film. One of the most noted is Dr. Dre’s violence against women that includes an abusive relationship with double-platinum Ruthless Records, R&B singer: Michel’le Toussaint, punching label mate Tairrie B, and beating up journalist, Dee Barnes for hosting a segment with Ice Cube who had recently left the group.
The truth of the matter is the movie gets lost in the paperwork of unfair contracts and mismanagement. It depicts former N.W.A. music manager Jerry Haller (Paul Giamatti) as the driving force that broke up and kept N.W.A. apart.
As with any biopic, there is always more to the story to be told. Director F. Gary Gray said it best at a recent audience Q&A for the film, "You could make five different N.W.A. movies. We made the one we wanted to make."
So there you have it. Straight Outta Compton is not necessarily a 100-percent true tale of N.W.A., but nonetheless is an account of the story the remaining members wanted to tell.