There’s a movie coming out about NWA.
It’s gonna be a documentary coming out in August. F. Gary Gray is directing it, and it looks like it’ll be pretty dope. It’ll track not just the rise but the demise of NWA, which is important cause I’m just gonna be waiting for the second half of this movie once I go watch it.
Straight Outta Compton
Now in case you somehow didn’t catch it, the documentary’s gonna be named after their first album (not counting NWA and the Posse.) Shit came out on Eazy E’s record label (yeah he had a record label, dude was a genius), Ruthless, and pretty much defined not just gangsta rap but also West Coast rap. This is where Fuck Tha Police (one of the best rap tracks of all time) came from, and when the FBI started watching NWA. You see why this shit’s gonna be interesting yet?
Now NWA made some great and damn influential music, but I think the relationships and behind-the-scenes shit are gonna be what make this movie a must-see. Well, aside from the fact that it will hopefully be a historic moment for hip hop, considering how Straight Outta Compton was a historic moment for hip hop. First Ice Cube left (probably the second-biggest deal in the group, after Eazy-E), then Dre left and NWA was pretty much done. Some shady shit went down as NWA did, and I hope this documentary does a good job showing that shit. I mean, now that Suge Knight’s going to jail, what do they got to lose?
Whether this documentary focuses on the music, the business side of shit, the trouble with authority or the legacy, it’s gonna talk a lot about Eazy E. Now, in case you don’t know, Eazy E is one of the greatest and most unique rappers of all time, “The Godfather of Gangsta Rap”, started his own record label and was a self-made man. His debut album, Eazy-Duz-It, set the tone for Straight Outta Compton, and he was pretty much the driving force behind NWA. He also once considered going and killing Suge Knight, so if folks had just let him cook he probably would have saved Biggie too. I’m also wondering whether or not this is gonna touch on the eventual death (from AIDS) of Eazy-E.
What are you looking forward to?
You trynna watch this shit for Eazy-E or Ice Cube? Dre, MC Ren? DJ Yella? Probably not Arabian Prince. Anyways, there aren’t too many great movies about hip hop out there (or documentaries), so let’s hope this one hits the target. Thanks for reading, y’all.