A film tracking the creation and dissolution of landmark rap quintet NWA.
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Starring Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, and O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Initial Review by Blair Setnor
Side note, Shane, is this an illegal search?
Dre and Cube (and maybe DJ Yella) convince Eazy to fund them with his drug money. He also starts rapping...Ruthless is born. Cue, Jerry. Jeerrrry. Manager Jerry introduces N.W.A. to Brian Turner of Priority Records...hotels, disposable ladies, and large machine guns ensue!
The truth telling that this movie does in an non-overt way works on me. There are several layers of critiques on corruption...and there is plenty of corruption to go around. Education, drugs, police power and brutality, the music industry including managers, labels, lawyers and contracts, and fame and money. Their success is propelled by and enmeshed in corruption. An example of empathy and critique is Jerry's scene outside of the recording studio - he stands up for the men and calls our the police, but he also totally screws them over in their contracts.
The first hour and 20 minutes of this movie is probably an A for me. Once Ice Cube leaves the group, it lost it's steam. I enjoyed watching the ever unraveling relationships between the original group members, Ice Cube's solo career, Death Row, the rap battles and the eventual hope of reunion and love that still existed between the guys. That was fun to watch, just not inspiring or as interesting as the first 1/3 of the movie.
Things to note:
-Dre had a Daft Punk-esque beat going at his friend's house
-The white police officer outside of the studio looked just like Frank from season 2 of The Wire
-Loved Ice Cube's GTFO interview at his house
-While I love N.W.A, they are definitely not pro-women.