Straight Outta Compton: The Rise To Fame Of N. W. A.

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The biopic, Straight Outta Compton, explores the rise to fame of hip hop group N.W.A. from Compton, California. The film contains many themes such as, overcoming adversity, friendship, and following one’s passion. Growing up in Compton, the young members of N.W.A. were required to overcome many challenging circumstances in their rise to prominence. One example of the challenges faced by the group can be seen in the various forms of police harassment they experienced during their career. The movie depicts several scenes involving police brutality against N.W.A., however, the scene that stood out the most for me was when the group members are standing outside of the recording studio and are approached by several officers. The…show more content…
Along with the numerous themes seen throughout the movie, the cast and storyline play a pivotal role in the film. Each of the cast members gave a very compelling performance that provided the audience with a unique look into N.W.A.’s world. O’Shea Jackson Jr. was phenomenal in his acting debut playing his father, Ice Cube. Being unfamiliar with N.W.A.’s career, Straight Outta Compton was a very thorough introduction into the hip hop group’s journey from inception to retirement. During N.W.A.’s reign, civil unrest was rising as instances of police brutality against African Americans rose. N.W.A. provided a voice for all of the people who could not be heard during the tumultuous times of the Los Angeles Riots. The members of the group were able to express all of the complex emotions felt during these times through their music. While the Los Angeles Riots rocked California in the early 90s, police brutality has yet again caused civil unrest in places like Ferguson, Missouri. Much like the Los Angeles Riots, which began after Rodney King was beaten by police, the riots in Ferguson largely began after Michael Brown was shot

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