Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti
Straight Outta Compton tells the story of ‘80s gangsta rap group, N.W.A., comprised of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and the late Eazy-E (in the film, Arabian Prince only makes a brief appearance). After teaming up and finding their sound, the crew must navigate their newfound success, shady record company people, and of course police brutality, which led to their smash hit single “Fuck The Police.”
But Straight Outta Compton wasn’t just another biopic. It showed that hip hop stories are more than worthy of being on the big screen. And after grossing $161.2 million in the United States and Canada, it revitalized the hip hop biopic, leading to films like All Eyez On Me, about Tupac, and to conversations on which other acts deserve to have their stories told on the big screen. Also, Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., rocked it in his portrayal of his legendary dad.