'Straight Outta Compton' shows a struggle that still is relevant now

Jesus Figueroa
Written by Jesus Figueroa

The N.W.A came up in the late 1980s from Compton, California with one of the most controversial albums "Straight Outta Compton" and the movie by the same title shows how the lyrics are still relevant.

Through the telling of the historic events which made the five members of the N.W.A known a voice for the people of Compton and the surrounding areas was made.

The members, all from Compton or the surrounding south central LA area, tried in their own way to put out a message to the world of the injustice they lived.

"We are making history about a group that made history," Corey Hawkins, who plays Dr. Dre, said.

The legacy of the band is continued through he film and the voice they created in the '80s continues on now.

The film captures the troubles experienced by the group, but shows that it was only a small part of the larger problem.

"I think it's was a great thing, great idea, because we didn't realize 26 years ago, as we were doing 'Straight Outta Compton,' that it was such a good story," DJ Yella said. "There's alot to it — happiness, sad and all kinds of business showing all the issues we went through."

This continued on through the film and a story about fie guys from Compton turned into a universal story about trying to cause change.

"This is my family's legacy," O'shea Jackson Jr., who plays his father Ice Cube, said. "I'm just so thankful that the ball was in my hands. I was able to cement this in history."

The project was a project of passion for Ice Cube and knew that the people involved needed to be the best fit for telling of the story.

"This has been a dream project forever, ever since I started producing in 1995," Ice Cube said. "This has been in the back of my mind. When it was looking to become a reality it was only a few people I would ask to do a movie like this."

Ice Cube's son had never acted before, but to play his father was something he wanted to do. Jackson Jr. knew he had would it took.

"If you really want to be technical, I've been doing my research for 20+ years," Jackson Jr. said. "There were certain things that put me in that time period. I know solo Ice Cube, I know that guy. I had to know what it was like to hang out around with his friends."

"Straight Outta Compton" tells the true story of what the five members of the N.W.A had to go through to cause the change which the group did.

"The record is real life moving at the speed of real life," Ice Cube said. "This is a movie that looks back, it's a piece of art."

The film shows the struggles and situations which caused the group to look for a way to express the injustice that was happening to them.

The film comes out in a time when the same injustice can be seen.

"It's amazing that after all this time the group still provokes thought, provoked controversy and still provokes the same energy it did back then" Ice Cube said. "That's kind of remarkable."

Although, now with many people having cellphones the injustice comes out and can be seen more often and more frequently.

"I'm actually optimistic," DJ Yella said. "As much as we are seeing month after month, week after week, more videos showing up, I'm actually optimistic because of the headlines."

DJ Yella feels that a change is coming, that with so much being seen there is no way that it can be ignored.

The biggest controversy that came from the album "Straight Outta Compton' comes from the track "F*ck the police" which Ice Cube said was not a threat to the police, but rather a message of how people felt about the injustice.

"Don't do the citizens this way. That's what has to stop," Ice Cube said.

The politics of what the police are doing to the minorities and how the police abuse their power make people angry and "F*ck the police" expresses the frustration.

For the people who felt the band was too extreme, but now realize through the film that the message was positive and inspiring, not filled with hatred, Ice Cube said, "Welcome to 2016, we've been looking for you since ’89."

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