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Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how five young cultural rebels – armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent – stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

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Did Crips Kick Snoop Outta Long Beach?

Now, what i the world coming to? Snoop is a legend. He does great things in the community. He’s given us decades of music and entertainment. And, he’s like Super Crip! Yet, the word is, he got checked when he was in his own homehood of Long Beach. Check out the report.

Snoop Dogg had his ghetto pass officially revoked.

The legendary Long Beach rapper was in his hometown with some security when members of the Rolling 20 Crips spotted him. They approached Snoop and made it clear he had to bounce before things got “heat’d.”

Hood correspondent, Crischon Corne, was on hand for the incident and posted about it on Facebook.

“Long Beach Rolling 20 Crips just kicked Snoop Dogg off the hood.”

“Snoop just rolled through the hood and s**t, down Martin Luther King…about 3 or 4 cars deep with security, trying to show his presence,” Crischon says, “The homies were ready to blow his a**…They straight kicked Snoop Dogg off the hood.”

“These n***as out here really gonna gun him down though.”

The beef comes from Snoop claiming LBC and dropping Crips references on his tracks, but not paying royalties to Rolling 20s. “This gang banging s**t is real. It ain’t Hollywood, and all that s**t n***a talk about during the songs,” Corde says in his post, “He ain’t live that s**t.”

“They really want their money though. N***a claiming hood, claiming rolling 20 Crip…the homies want their kickback for that s**t.”

Until he starts paying his respects with those checks, Snoop might need to steer clear of LBC for a while.


That’s too bad, if its true. Snoop has moved beyond his conditions.

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A week full of controversy and media frenzy was enough to generate a buzz for Straight Outta Compton to reign supreme at the box office yet again, giving the N.W.A biopic a grand total of $ 115.7 million in ticket sales.

“It is the movie of the moment, the movie everyone is talking about. Thank goodness for Straight Outta Compton because we definitely need that boost,” says Rentrak senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian tells USA TODAY.

The Universal Pictures-helmed filmed, opened up to $ 60.2 million during its opening weekend, exceeding all expectations on its $ 29 million production budgets.

Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, offered up reasoning behind the Hip-Hop film’s success saying, “”Heres a film that was specifically catering toward an African-American audience, and it broke through those boundaries that first weekend and continues to do so. That’s a great story.”

Straight Outta Compton Cast On Inspiring Dr. Dre’s New Album

The cinematic aspects of the movie as well as casting jobs for particularly Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson, Jr.) and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) have garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Still, not everyone has been up in arms about Straight Outta Compton’s success. There has been numerous reports about Dr. Dre’s assault against journalist Dee Barnes being a glaring omission from the film, prompting the legendary producer himself to release an apology statement to her and several other victims.

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Arrested Development’s Lead Singer Speech Shares Deep Thoughts On “Straight Outta Compton”

“I applaud Ice Cube, Gary F Gray & Dr. Dre because they know how to tell a great story! The accurate portrayal of a Hip Hop producer’s heart…. wanting to make something special…well done. The vicious sharks that swim in music industry waters…greatly exposed. The acting, promotion and soundtrack… superb! In a country where excellence in black film on the big screen isn’t seen enough, it’s proudly exhibited here.

But from the perspective of the ancestors, they got some explaining to do. Centuries of struggle by our men, women and children who were thoroughly desolate with only one hope. The hope that through their perseverance, future generations would have it better than they did. Many died for that very reason.
That’s the African-American legacy.

It was just two weeks ago, we all were discussing how soiled America still is from the horrors of slavery and the following systematic racism.

Blacks for hundreds of years purposely portrayed in every advertisement, news article, play, TV show and movie as dangerous, vile, uncaring, simple, roguish brutes, with intelligence a tad higher than a monkey. Year after year, decade after decade, century after century… And here we are today – as white trigger happy cops shoot blacks. It doesn’t matter if they’re unarmed, cuz in the minds of so many, blacks are always armed with centuries of dangerous propaganda. And a lie can run around the world twice before truth can get her shoes on!

And in comes Hollywood pushing yet ANOTHER movie with that same ole narrative… “Straight Outta Compton!” With the convenient subtitle – “The worlds most dangerous group.”

Is that literal or it’s figurative? None of them came from the most dangerous of street life but Easy E. right? I often hear that they’re dangerous because of Cube’s defiant lyrics & fierce determination to speak “truth” to power. Ummm, that sounds honorable.

But I’m sure I can come up with a few more suggestions more appropriate than NWA. The Black Panthers for instance might be better suited for such an honor. With fierce determination they defied an entire system at risk of their very lives! They REALLY fought for justice and most paid the ultimate price. An epic bio pic that shows how these brave young men and women organized change for all races and genders, showing true devotion mixed with legal prowess… that’s a film suggestion! And can I get a witness that NWA’s “F** the Police” is only the prevailing anti-police brutality anthem BECAUSE the music industry championed it. It didn’t take the FBI long at all to see that NWA was ultimately a harmless group because their other songs & political savvy was thoroughly misguided and non-directional. As opposed to the earlier & less popular “F** the Pigs” that the Black Panthers often shouted as they persevered through police harassment as actual freedom fighters, not as drug dealers and pretend thugs. Historically there were activists that started as thugs but TRANSFORMED into purposeful revolutionaries.

I’ve heard some say, the title “most dangerous” is as far as MUSICAL groups are concerned…. Ummm wouldn’t PUBLIC ENEMY better fit that definition? But see a movie like that would simply be too dangerous, it might cause people to do more than ooo and aaah over the financial success of a music producer & rapper who made nice movies and headphones. It might cause REAL change.

NWA may be the most dangerous, but not because they fought against a racist and oppressive system… but because they were effective ambassadors of that very system! I like to call it white supremacy on wax! Who else could have done such a great job at spreading the age old message that blacks are morally sub-human? Many things white supremacists say about blacks is what NWA confirms in their most popular songs. And yes, in 2015 Twitter is going nuts praising the film and much of the hiphop world is bowing down to NWA as heroes in the genre. But I applaud a good number of blacks that “don’t believe the hype”!

Bio pics about rap artists are few and far between, but take notice to WHICH rap movies Hollywood green lights for major motion picture release? And have you ever thought about WHY these particular movies?

Biggie’s Notorious, Eminem’s 8 Mile, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Trying and NWA’s Straight Outta Compton! Most of which come straight outta Jimmy Iovine’s & Dre’s storehouse of thuggery, and celebrate the “American Dream” thru gritty accounts of drug deals, crack addicted communities, strip clubs, friends that deceive each other and gun battles gone wrong. And then the inevitable transformation from rags to riches. As they live happily ever after (in their death though). Oh yeah, Biggie was about right, that if you’re black…you’re nobody til somebody kills you!

To quote Public Enemy… “Burn Hollywood Burn!” They’re pretty much about money and judging by this past weekends ticket sales… THEY’RE WINNING! Stay tuned for a Tupac, Ice T and whomever else da cap fits bio pic for us all to swoon over!

Feed us our illusions, Hollywood has no skin in the game, it’s just money to them. But don’t we as blacks literally have skin in the game?

It’s our SKIN that signals brainwashed cops to pull us over just because we didn’t use a turn signal. Or blow our brains out for trying to start our car while being questioned. Or get choked to death, spines snapped, or just walking home wearing a hoodie.

BUT SOMEBODY BLACK KEEPS PROUDLY DELIVERING THESE MOVIES TO HOLLYWOOD.

There’s gotta be a point where we WEIGH the pains we feel from years of being mis-represented against the joy we feel seeing another black thug soliloquy on the big screen! The pain lasts for years, the joy last 2 and a half hours. You do the math.

There’s gotta be a breaking point when we make a critical decision. Directionless expression or real freedom? I know, I know… no one screams when Scorsese does a gangster film, why pick on rappers? Because Jewish people aren’t making these movies WHILE simultaneously getting shot down in the streets by their own kind, arrested in astronomical rates and their rappers literally getting assassinated like they were in a Middle East war zone!

When is enough… ENOUGH!?

Consciousness didn’t start with NWA, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”, nor ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬.

It’s been in full effect since slavery and we must keep our eyes on the prize to reach the finish line!
On the big screen, these rappers are portrayed as bigger than life heroes and even somehow “freedom fighters”! But TRUE heroes like Julian Bond, Garvey, Harriet & Parks deserve a bio pic, because they served US all! But would we support it?

It NEVER was enough to have a conscious song or two on an otherwise “white supremacist” gangsta record. It’s not enough to have things “go in cycles”… (people say that to me all the time about music)
It’s about standing on the shoulders of those that stood before us until we get out from the ditch that hides our humanity!

Our values are so backwards that fathers, mothers, educators, intellectuals & activists don’t fill today’s memes and murals. Instead it’s Tupac, Biggie, NWA and maybe a Jay-Z. The murals you see painted in the ghettos, (I’ve even seen em in the outskirts of Africa!) Memes of these rappers floating around on the Internet and interviews at the end of albums with their “prophetic” words. 3D holograms of them in front of wooing crowds. Supposed martyrs packaged and shrink wrapped in a CD. “Heroes” of the people – celebrated, applauded, jailed and assassinated, with a level of admiration that you’d think they died because of political resistance or activism, but no. It’s simply a petty beef or a record executive hungry for more money.

We have so lost our way, that we celebrate their temporary success – in lieu of our own lasting success.

Behind the riches of every Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Easy E. or Suge Knight are quiet little Jewish & White guys in polo shirts that are even richer than them.

They play golf and listen to Bach while they count their money. Meanwhile we wallow in these decadent, century old stereotypical, blaxploitation flicks and albums, their kids fly in private jets and vacation in Belize. Our kids suffer just walking to school.

Yes, Straight Outta Compton is very good and yes, these men have immense talent, but Italian mafioso refused to sell crack to their own communities. They insisted on separating their families from their illegal business.

We sell this “crack music” to our little kids and we infest the whole world with it!
It is NOT just entertainment. We are getting killed in real life. We influence Africa, South America and everywhere there’s poor people that need inspiration. It has never been simple entertainment and it has far out reached the block…. it’s racist propaganda. And it hurts the soul of humanity!

And by the way ITS NOT HONEST, it’s not what we see in the hood. It’s an embellishment of it, it’s “reality” on steroids, it’s someones story on performance enhancers! And the things that destroy these communities has become a Satanic virus, packaged and shipped out to every other community to infect those that were previously healthy.

That’s my problem with NWA – not the music (it’s brilliant) NWA endorsed the worse traits of the hood, promoted these traits and to justify their lust for fame they revised their purpose claiming it’s a noble freedom of speech movement.

And many have bought that revisionist history, poured it in our glasses & ummm that kool aid taste sweet! White supremacy is happy, blacks got our thug heroes and the world keeps on turning.
So, sit and eat your popcorn, sip a Coke, enjoy a well-deserved break from lifes stress.
I know I did. I also know I made Ice Cube, Dr. Dre Gary Gray and a host of white dudes a bit richer! I’m alright with that. May God bless em.

But even as I’m entertained by the film, I know that unless we change our dynamics and moral infrastructure as black people, WE really are the entertainment. The silly blacks that can’t realize the difference between an Arnold Schwarzenegger fiction and a propaganda missile aimed at the very demise of our freedom, dignity and culture.

GIL scott was right….The revolution will not be televised it will be screened in a theater near you.
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Zaki’s Review: Straight Outta Compton

The first time I heard of N.W.A. was in summer of 1989. I was watching a news story with folks breathlessly bemoaning a new kind of music that used salty language and exhorted listeners to commit violence against police. I didn’t think much of that moment at the time, partly because I didn’t listen to rap, and partly because I was ten. But as I watched Straight Outta Compton, the engrossing biopic from director F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator) depicting N.W.A.’s rapid rise, sudden fall, and eventual redemption, I couldn’t help but imagine ten-year old Zaki sitting in front of that broadcast somewhere in the world of the movie, little knowing the history he was watching unfold.

Straight Outta Compton follows the usual tropes of similar music group bios (the “Be Sharps” template, as I call it), but it manages to be singularly immersive thanks to its potent mix of propulsive music, potent social commentary, and powerful performances by an engaging casts of newcomers. The story’s narrative begins in 1986 as we’re first introduced to the trio of Eric “Eazy-E” Wright (Jason Mitchell), Andre “Dr. Dre” Young (Corey Hawkins), and O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson (played by his own son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.). All three are born and raised in the poverty-stricken streets of Compton, CA, but nurture dreams of making their mark through music.

Calling themselves N.W.A. (for “N****s With Attitude”), with Jackson writing, Young mixing, and Wright on vocals, they put out “Straight Outta Compton,” an album of “real rap” reflecting their own hardscrabble upbringing. After garnering the interest of promoter Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), the group, which includes MC Ren (played by Aldis Hodge) and DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.), takes the country by storm, with their signature hit “F*** Tha Police” generating headlines, acclaim, and controversy in equal measure. As the ’80s turn into the ’90s, it isn’t long before trouble rears its head, with Heller’s control of the group’s money driving a wedge between Wright and his colleagues.

What follows — anger, heartbreak, and loss — plays out against the backdrop of the Rodney King beating and the subsequent riots, and is made all the more gripping by the knowledge that it’s real. N.W.A.’s original run was surprisingly brief, with the group parting ways in 1991, but what they accomplished during that time still resonates nearly a quarter-century after their split, and probably the best feature of Straight Outta Compton is how its palette reflects the size and scale the social changes they laid the groundwork for. Not only in terms of hastening a conversation about the merits of rap (the film intercuts archival footage of Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings subtly tsk-tsk’ing the rising popularity of the genre), but also a broader discussion about racial resentment, and the platform rap offered to express it.

The ultimate measure of N.W.A.’s lasting impact is in how accepted the changes they ushered in have become. Eazy-E was lionized as a trailblazer upon his death in 1995. Today Dr. Dre is one of the most respected elder statesmen of hip-hop. And Ice Cube is probably more known to a sizable chunk of this movie’s audience for for playing the police than flipping them the middle finger. As has happened countless times throughout history, the revolutionaries of yesterday have become the establishmentarians of today. And while the film does depict this transition (we see Cube writing his seminal hit movie Friday), it does largely hopscotch over the misogyny that’s just as much a hallmark of gangsta rap (songs like “A Bitch is a Bitch” and “One Less Bitch”).

Given that Dre and Cube both served as producers (along with Eazy-E’s widow), I suppose it’s understandable that both skate through the proceedings with their reputations relatively unscathed (no mention, for example, of a 1991 incident where Young was accused of beating a female journalist). Instead, the lion’s share of blame for the group’s dissolution falls on Eazy and Heller. That said, I do have to give credit to how the script (by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff) doesn’t settle for making Heller the heavy. Thanks to the always-dependable Giamatti, he’s given shades of complexity, portrayed as someone who not only believes in the group, but also stands up for them and supports them in the face of record company rejection and police intimidation.

Of the core trio of actors, all three deliver. While’s Jackson relative newness to acting is evident at times, he has an undeniable screen presence that, coupled with his uncanny resemblance to his pop, manages to do a lot of the lifting. I fully expect we’ll be hearing a lot from him, Hawkins, and Mitchell in the years to come. Just like “Straight Outta Compton” the album, Straight Outta Compton the film arrives at a nexus moment of social unrest and racial violence, and when viewed through that prism, it becomes more than just your standard music biopic. Rather, it’s a beacon marking the birth of a social movement, and in its own way it’s just as powerful a statement as Ava Duvernay’s Selma was last year. A

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EXCLUSIVE: Jon Connor Talks ‘Compton’ Studio Sessions with Dr. Dre, the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Movie, and Getting Signed to Aftermath

On Tuesday, August 11, AllHipHop.com had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Aftermath recording artist (and AHH Breeding Ground alumni), Jon Connor.  The Flint, Michigan, native’s skills and tireless dedication to his craft have really been paying off as late.  Not only did he sign with the legendary Dr. Dre, but he also made two outstanding contributions to Dre’s Compton offering.connor-dre

During our conversation, Connor, among other things, broke down what its like working with one of the best producers to ever do it, shared memories of being on the set for Straight Outta Compton, and hinted that he has more dope music on the way.

One of the things he said to me while wrapping up was, “At the end of the day, I’m a fan of Hip-Hop just like everybody else.  I’m one of the people.”  And that is something which, even with all his success, has never evaded him.

If Connor continues to build on his already strong pillars of talent, respect for Hip-Hop culture, and gratitude for his fans, he will have a long and successful career which surpasses the competition.

It’s still Aftermath and there ain’t goin’ be nothin’ after that!

AllHipHop.com: Thank you so much for taking time to speak me and AllHipHop.com.  We really appreciate it.  You and I have talked before and that was a real pleasure, so I’ve been looking forward to this interview.

Jon Connor: I want to say back, the same thing with you all.  It’s mutual.  I appreciate you all and the way you have always supported me from day one.  It’s always a pleasure, man.

First off, congratulations on the Compton album.  Are you pleased with the response it has been getting?

Yes, there has been an overwhelming love.  And just knowing that everybody has been so excited and finally we get this project from Dre that people have been waiting so long for.  The love is overwhelming; the response has been amazing.  And the way it’s going hand-in-hand with the Straight Outta Compton movie, you couldn’t ask for a better platform or set up.

I’ve seen social media pics of you, Dre, and others in the studio where you’ve referred to yourself as a “student.”  What would you say is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from these sessions?

There’s so many because, with Dre, Dre is the greatest producer of all-time.  For me, he’s like the Quincy Jones of Hip-Hop.  So the thing is, everyday you’re constantly learning.  I’d say one of the greatest things I’ve learned from Dre is that greatness is in the details.  Don’t let anything slide.  If you’re tired or haveDre, Game, Jon Connor been working for 12 hours and are ready to go to sleep, you still put in the same effort and the same time as when you first got there.  Work your hardest until you can barely keep your eyes open.  If you have to go through every song and comb through every lyric and melody and harmony and cadence, you do it because he [Dr. Dre] has a commitment to greatness.  We all call Dr. Dre the greatest of all-time and I’m just fortunate and blessed enough to be able to be at the studio and understand why.  I’ve always thought I had a grind and hard work ethic in me, but, by being around Dre, it just got taken to another level.

Just to follow up with that, to paint a picture, have you been in the studio with Dre where you’ve watched him make a beat?  Or has it been where he has pulled up an instrumental and asked you to write to it?  How does that whole process work?

That process is actually different from record to record.  There are joints where I was actually there for the conception of the music.  Like “One Shot One Kill,” I was there when that beat got made.  “One Shot One Kill” is like my baby *laughs*.  I watched it go from an idea and a sample to the addition of the live instrumentation and Snoop and everything that it eventually ended up becoming.  But it’s different from record to record, Dre is the type of cat where it’s all based on the feel.  If he’s feeling it and the vibe and the energy is there… he doesn’t care how the creative process happens.  The one common denominator in every record is that the vibe and positive energy is there.

That’s actually a great segue into one of my other questions.  What went through your head when you first found out that you were given song credit as the lead performing artist on “One Shot One Kill” as opposed to just being a guest feature?

I still don’t know if that has completely soaked into my brain.  It’s crazy.  I have a record with me featuring Snoop Dogg on Dr. Dre’s last album.  That’s beyond anything I could have ever dreamed.  It feels amazing.  Statik Selektah hit me and he said, “You are forever etched in Hip-Hop history.”  And the magnitude of that statement, I don’t know if I’ll ever really be able to fathom or truly understand it.  All I know is that it’s an amazing feeling and honestly it’s hard for me to even put it in words.

And then, of course, there’s “For the Love of Money”  which you also appear on.  Prior to telling a friend about this interview, he sent me a screenshot of his phone with that song highlighted and a caption which read “This song is on repeat.”  He told me how he looked you up, and I said that I’d been following your work for years.  You’re satisfying old fans and getting new ones.  It’s a beautiful thing, bro.

And with that I want to say ‘thank you’ and tell your man I said, ‘thank you‘ too.  It’s an amazing time.  This is my dream.  I’m a kid from Flint, Michigan, man.  It’s one of the most poverty-stricken places in the United States and so for us to be talking about the things we’re talking about, I’m truly humbled by that and I just to let the people know there’s more where that came from and I’ll forever be thankful to Dre for giving me this platform.  And I want to thank AllHipHop because you’ve all been rocking with me for years and y’all know the grind that I’ve put down and how hard I worked for this.  And with Dre, he saw and understood me as an artist and believed in me enough to give me a platform.  I’m just humbled by all of this.

One of the things I did to prepare for this is I went back and listened to “Big Brother” off of your Best in the World series.  And listened to how you described the whole scenario where Dre signed you.  How did that situation play out?

Yo, it was three phone calls and a flight.  There was the initial call when Xzibit hit me like, “Yo, I’m gonna let Dre hear your music.”  Then the second call was, “Okay, give me 10 songs you want Dre to hear.”  Then the third call was, “Dre wants you to be in California tomorrow.”  When I got to California, I was working the whole time.  Think about it, man.  I’m from Flint.  If you’re from Flint, you think Dr. Dre lives on like Mars or Jupiter.  And so for him to like your music… he was just playing beats and I rapped every verse I ever wrote.  I was pulling out verses from high school.  I was like I’m not leaving this house until Dr. Dre falls in love with what I do.  Whatever he needed to hear, I was gonna spit it.  It got to the point where I rapped so much, he finally just stopped the music and was like, “Alright, what do you want to do?”  And that was the moment that changed my life.

Thoughts on Straight Outta Compton?

It’s crazy, my experiences with the movie because I was fortunate enough to go on the set as they were making the movie.  There’s no weirder feeling, I was on the set one day where they were shooting a scene with the characters that play Dr. Dre and his wife Nicole.  And I’m sitting in one of these chairs on set as the real Dr. Dre and Nicole are sitting in front of me.  I leaned into Dre and was like, “Man, do you feel crazy right now?”  When I got signed to Aftermath, the movie was still at its infant stage where they still coming up with the script and picking actors.  I had a chance to legitimately watch this movie grow and become what it has become…  I think people already know it’s going to be good because it’s the story of N.W.A and we all want to see it,  but just the attention to detail that Gary, Dre, and Cube put into the movie – I think it’s going to surprise people because they’ll be things about N.W.A and their relationship and how things went down that none of us as fans knew.  It’s a great movie for Hip-Hop and a great movie in the sense of just being a great movie. 

Jumping back to music, do you have any more “Best in the World” stuff coming out or is your next release going to be your Aftermath debut with original music?

You know what?  I don’t want to give away too much, but just know that the things that I am working on are almost done.  And we are so close to completion, it’s crazy.  But right now though, I just want the people to enjoy Compton.  For me right now, it’s all about Dre and thirty years plus of the greatest to ever do it.  It’s Dre Day!

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Straight Outta Compton beats expectations

Hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton has topped the Box Office with an estimated $ 56.1 million.
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Kids Remake “Straight Outta Compton”

Well, we didn’t see this coming, amid the “Straight Outta Compton” furor! Some parody people got together and revisit N.W.A.’s hits from a squeaky clean kids’ point of view. “Love The Police”? Really? Check out the comedic malarky. LOL!


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Oscars: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ — Could It Be a Contender? (Analysis)


The film about the rise and fall of the groundbreaking hip-hop group NWA had a big weekend not only at the box-office, but also at the Academy, where its screening for members drew a massive crowd and overwhelmingly favorable response.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Stars React To Big Box Office Numbers

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Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Breaks Out With Massive $56.1M


‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,’ the weekend’s other new wide release, lags far behind in third place with $ 13.5 million.

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Movie: Straight Outta Compton (Expectations & Review)

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Straight Outta Compton (Expanded Edition) – N.W.A.

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Straight Outta Compton (Expanded Edition)

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LA Cops Say Straight Outta Compton Adds “Fuel To The Fire For Hating Cops”

At least one group of people who have a problem with N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is LAPD. Reportedly, police have an issue with the way they are depicted in the film. 

Reports TMZ:

The cops we spoke with share one sentiment … the movie portrays the LAPD officers as “beating machines” … brutalizing innocent citizens in the inner city.

Former L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, who was himself an LAPD cop and headed up the Police Protective League, tells us, “It’s a terrible time to release a movie like this. It adds fuel to the fire for hating cops.”

The cops we spoke with are bitter, especially because they say they’ve spent a lot of time and energy creating bonds in areas where police abuse was once prevalent.

Some of the officers specifically blame Universal, saying the studio is putting profits above the safety of the officers who make L.A. safe.

And all of the officers say the timing is awful, given what’s going on across the country. If Universal was determined to release the movie, the cops we spoke with say they should have waited.

Wait for what, cops to stop brutalizing, and even killing, innocent people?

If the LAPD is so concerned about what they see in the mirror, how about they change THEIR behavior? Just saying.

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“Straight Outta Compton” Debuts At A Strong $24.2 Million

The film also racked in an estimated $ 4.96 million on Thursday (August 13) alone.


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Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Muscles to Powerful $24.2M Opening Day


While the music drama commands the top spot, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E’ opens soft.

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MovieMantz Reviews: ‘The Man From U.N.C.LE.’ & ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Access movie critic Scott ‘Movie’ Mantz reviews the films, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and the N.W.A. biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton.’


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“Straight Outta Compton” Is a Stunning Surprise

Movie Review – Jackie K Cooper
“Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

“Straight Outta Compton” is a movie that on the surface is easy to dislike. It tells the story of three men who built their careers on gangsta rap, and what percentage of the moviegoing audience is totally into that genre of music. The film is bursting at the seams with profanity and obscenities, so continuous they become like a battering ram to the brain. And it is sharply and abruptly violent giving the audience no time to brace for the onslaught.

BUT it is also a story so intense that you can not tear your eyes away from the screen and your ears hunger for each new word of dialogue. The acting is amazingly natural and realistic bringing the characters to living, breathing life. The director has such tight control over the film that it is paced perfectly and gives just enough information to totally satisfy. And finally the music is driven by the story and forces you to actually hear the lyrics rather than push them away because of squeamishness.

The movie focuses on three friends: Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson, Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell). They combine their musical talents to form NWA, and they use their music to express their fears and frustrations with life as it is lived in Compton, California. They start off performing locally but get wider exposure when they are noticed by talent representative Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti).

They enter a world of wealth and opportunity that is laced with corruption and danger. The higher up they go the farther down they have to fall. Each man reacts to this rise in popularity and plenty in his own specific way. It takes a wise man not to be blinded by the glare of celebrity that shines on them.

The entire cast of this movie from the smallest parts to the largest is right on target. It is hard to single out a few from the many talented performances offered. Still one can’t fail to mention the vulnerability shown by Mitchell as he presents Eazy-E, the strength of character Jackson instills in Ice Cube, or the emotional turmoil shading Hawkins’ concept of Dr. Dre. Add to that the shifting nature of Giamatti’s Heller, and the frightening countenance of R. Marcos Taylor’s Suge Knight. Any of these men could be nominated for awards next year.

F. Gary Gray also has to be lauded for his expert direction of this complex saga. There is a lot of story to tell concerning these men and Gary does it in two hours and twenty plus minutes. To his credit it never seems too long or too short in its presentation.

The film is rated R for profanity, nudity and violence.

This is a movie that should appeal to a limited audience but it is presented with such skill and with such compassion and heart that it should draw in huge numbers of persons wanting to see a real work of art. These people will be of all ages, races and genders. “Straight Outta Compton” could have been a movie without merit if created by lesser hands. This time they got the story right and handed it to the right people to make it work. “Straight Outta Compton” is one of the best movies of the year.

I scored “Straight Outta Compton” a hip-hop 8 out of 10.

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Compton Soundtrack: Straight Outta the West Coast

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Straight Outta Compton: 10 MC Ren Songs You Need To Hear!

All week, I’ve been doing nothing but bumping MC Ren. I have to thank “Straight Outta Compton” for that one, as the already classic Hip-Hop biopic serves as a reminder of sorts. Even though the movie is dope, it’s a little short on “The Villain,” as Ren was known to the world in the 90’s. So, real quick…take a moment to enjoy the finest moments of MC Ren outside of the group N.W.A.
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MC Ren – “Final Frontier”

Eazy-E and MC Ren – “2 Hard Muthas”

MC Ren – “Mad Scientist”

MC Ren – “Same Ol’ S**t

MC Ren – “Mayday On The Frontline”

MC Ren – “Right Up My Alley”

CPO & MC Ren – “Ballad of a Menace”

MC Ren – “If It Ain’t Ruff” (Technically this is an N.W.A. Song that Ren performed as a solo artist)

MC Ren & Ice Cube – “Rebel Music” (produced by EA Ski)

MC Ren – “Do You Believe”

MC Ren talks about “Straight Outta Compton”

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Biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Tells The Epic Story Of Hip-Hop And N.W.A

The original members of N.W.A produced the film, which opens nationwide Friday. Like the group’s story, the making of Straight Outta Compton — which took 11 years — is filled with drama.

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Ice Cube had a good day on Space Mountain … where he busted out his “F**k tha Police” face just in time for the release of “Straight Outta Compton.”  Cube and fam hit up Disneyland last weekend, and instead of his “Are We There Yet?” grin — he…

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Compton Soundtrack: Straight Outta the West Coast – Various Artists

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Compton Soundtrack: Straight Outta the West Coast

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Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A.

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Straight Outta Compton

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Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Price: $ 6.99

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Dr. Dre To Release Straight Outta Compton-Inspired Album

Dr. Dre is prepping the release of the upcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, according to former NWA member Ice Cube, who dished to Philly radio station Power 99. The new film, directed by F. Gary Gray, will feature a companion album of new music by Dre, added Cube. “Dre is dropping an album inspired by the Compton movie.”
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Ice Cube, Ludacris, Usher, B.O.B, Cast, & More Attend ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Atlanta Screening

Photo Credit: Paras Griffin for Getty for Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures hosted an advance screening of their new film, ‘STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON’, on Friday, July 24th at Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta, along with a Q&A with cast members O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, producer Ice Cube, and director F. Gary Gray. The Q&A was moderated by executive producer, Will Packer.

The screening was well attended by music’s top celebrities and influencers including: Usher, Ludacris, B.O.B., 2 Chainz, Big Krit, David Banner, Da Brat, Lil’ Scrappy, DC Young Fly, Polow Da Don and more. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ hits theaters Friday, August 14, 2015!

The Q&A, moderated by executive producer Will Packer, gave insight into what it was like for the casting process and what the process of preparation and executing the roles consisted of.

Ice Cube spoke first about his feelings on the film,

“Having our story told in a masterful way by F. Gary Gray and to see my son get an opportunity like he got when I did ‘Boys in The Hood’. As a parent you want your kids to step up at the moment of truth, and when they do it you are just overjoyed. I’m on cloud 9, 10, 11, and 12.”

F. Gary Gray shared that the movie was personal for him because he grew up in the same neighborhood with Ice Cube, and he started his career with him with ‘Friday’;, and he was there when Ice Cube left N.W.A and went solo. He shared that he did several of Ice Cube’s solo music videos. He also shared that all of his movies prior prepared him for this film, and he believes this is his best work.

O’Shea Jackson Jr. shared that the film had a level of importance to him that was unmatchable.

“It was about N.W.A and brotherhood but more importantly it was about my family’s legacy. It became my obsession. I couldn’t let someone else have that and fumble.”

Will Packer asked Ice Cube what it was like to have his biopic come to the big screen and be portrayed by his son. He also asked Ice Cube what that did to his psyche.

“I knew my son was in good hands because we did a lot of pre-production. F. Gary Gray is a masterful director at bringing our stories to life. We did everything we could do to prepare.

F. Gary Gray also shared that O’Shea Jackson Jr. wasn’t handed the role just because he was Ice Cube’s son. He explained that there were actually two other choices just in case he didn’t show up and show out.

Corey Hawkins shared his experiences in preparing for the role of Dr. Dre.

“I knew this was going to be a big movie, and I knew it would be a lot on our shoulders. I remember going through the ringer. The audition process was not easy. Dr. Dre kind of took me under his wings and said he wanted it to be iconic. He said, I just want to get the legacy right and whatever you need I got you.”

Jason Mitchell wasn’t able to have Eazy-E mentor him for the role, but nonetheless he shared what enabled him to kill it on the screen!

“It was not an easy thing at all. I looked at it like Eazy’s life and my life run hand in hand. If I didn’t do this I was going to go back to my old life. It was so much morale around me. He (Eazy-E) is such an icon, but first he is a regular man. Cube and Dre also helped me with a lot.”

He also shared that he had to practice his accent for 6-8 hours a day and learn how to walk and talk like he was from California. He also had to gain weight by eating 4,000 calories a day!

Remember the film hits theaters August 14th!

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Synopsis: In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., ‘Straight Outta Compton’ tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, Straight Outta Compton is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.

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Straight Outta Compton (Expanded Edition) [Remastered 2002] – N.W.A.

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Straight Outta Compton (Expanded Edition) [Remastered 2002]

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Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: August 7, 1988

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The Actor Playing Tupac In ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Looks JUST Like Tupac

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Camryn Howard Talks Embodying DJ Speed In Straight Outta Compton

Being raised on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, having an uncle who locally presided over the N.W.A’s reign in rap and being a recording artist has natually groomed Camryn Howard to be a part of history before he even knew it was being made. The thriving multi-talent is seeing his blessings manifested as he’s set to star in not one but two summer blockbusters this year in Ted 2 and Straight Outta Compton.

In the latter flick, he was chosen to play DJ Speed, the world’s most dangerous group’s unheralded touring DJ. While speaking exclusively to Hip-Hop Wired, reveals how being in the midst of gangsta greatness helped his own music career as the R&B singer Cam30 flourish and why Straight Outta Compton will be the one to beat this year.

“They had been auditioning for like a year beforehand and the casting director just called me in,” Howard says, remembering his first time on the set. “They ended up picking me because I had other stuff on my resume and tested me out at the climax of the movie. [F. Gary Gray] just sticks me on the bus with the four other cast members and says, ‘Just be natural,” Howard recalls with a laugh. “It was really crazy because [Dr.] Dre was just walking around the set and it was a really a shock. There was a whole bunch people I knew who auditioned for the role and they ended up calling me and keeping me for the rest of the movie.”

Ice Cube & Co. cast an obviously talented new crop of actors for the roles (including his own son) and with the feeling of experience being a common link, Howard says creating a bond on the set was relatively easy.

“Everybody was like family. We developed a brotherhood and friendship and when see each other, we call each other by our character’s names,” he admits. As for playing DJ Speed, audiences should expect to get a true-to-life portrayal of a group member often rubbed out of the group’s history.

“Speed, he was like Eazy-E’s best friend so it was cool to see how he was able to go on tour with the group. There are some pretty dramatic scenes in the movie; I can’t lie. I don’t want to spoil anything but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth,” he reveals.

Switching gears to the music front, Howard is equally excited about his role in Straight Outta Compton as he is his music career. He accredits his mother’s background as a gospel singer to his decision to go the R&B route instead of rapping.

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“I’m just a creative person so I feel like when you’re singing, there’s some places you can take it and evoke emotion that you can’t when you’re rapping,” the now-talking Cam30 says. “But I’m still about the lyrical content and relating to the urban culture.”

There’s nothing like having the universe working in your favor in all aspects. While the Straight Outta Compton biopic is dropping on August 14, Cam30’s debut single, “Quarantine” is out now. Watch the video below.


Photos: Facebook/Cam30

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