A film by F. Gary Gray
Cast: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
The N.W.A came out of the Compton in the mid 80’s where society fail the youth black people where violence between cops and young black people was frequent in the black neighborhoods.The lyrics of N.W.A. was a target on the corrupt police and the system falling black youth N.W.A was their voice, the young black people could relate too. N.W.A came out of the right time. The film starts with Eric “Eazy-E” Wright (Jason Mitchell) as he flees a crack den to escape an invading SWAT team. As he goes on the top of the roof and escape the police it is debatable , yes it is based on a true story but some stuff might be exaggerated or put in. They were not saint however that mentality would soon carry over to their rap careers, as well. Andre Young aka Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), who struggles with a home life made more difficult now that he’s about to become a father. O’Shea Jackson aka Ice Cube played by his son who bears the same name) ,who soaks in the world around him like a sponge. The Bloods ‘n Crips gang battles, the police brutality for some of us were clueless that was going on every day in the ghetto.
Produced by Cube, Dre, and Eazy-E’s widow, the film largely focuses on those characters and how they built N.W.A. The music was their weapon of choice they exercise the 1st amendment right to get their message to the people. The three made a good team with a lot of energy flowing out of them. They quickly became celebrities and people were celebrating in the street. Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti) a crooked producer who plays it very well I might have will rip them off? I think every artist in the music business has gotten ripped off by music producer at the beginning. Here is a film that has raw energy and brutally honest.
The film establish the chemistry and the dynamic of this new sound as well as the girls, the parties, the concerts and the relationship between the Three Cube, Dre, and Eazy-E. Yes they had millions of fans, terrified parents, and still the brutality of the police that was going on. They would channel their rage thought their music. It is crazy what they had to be put though in order to get there and F. Gary Gray has done an outstanding job here directing this film. Of course there was the back stabbing , the paranoia, and the fact that everybody wanted a piece of the action.