THE HISTORY OF COMPTON THROUGH MEDIA
The Story of N.W.A. – In Theaters August 14th, 2015
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 youngsters 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. 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.
Andre Romelle Young
Dre was previously the co-owner of, and an artist on, Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar.
Brian Williams missed his calling; he should have pursued music before broadcast journalism.
The city of Compton is known as the “Hub City“ because of its unique position in the center of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Five freeways.
The success of the film is in the strength of the story, but also as a barometer of its time. I wonder, if we go back to the streets where the film was made, what has actually changed? I wonder if the people of South Central Los Angeles have any better options than they did 25 years ago, and how they are exploiting those options, if at all.
Fresh off his Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance win for the cheery and Grammy audience-friendly “i”—the Recording Academy’s mea culpa of sorts for his Best Rap Album snub last year—Kendrick Lamar has dropped a new, decidedly more venomous track with “The Blacker the Berry.”
Kendrick was absent from the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, and didn’t mention his 2 wins on Twitter. This was the first time In 25 Years that the Grammys didn’t televise a rap category.
The Rise And Fall Of Suge Knight
(Born) on April 19, 1965, in Compton, California, Suge Knight was a football lineman and bodyguard who went on to found Death Row Records with rapper/producer Dr. Dre. With the label involved in a number of controversies, Knight eventually was sentenced to prison for violating parole on the evening in which Tupac Shakur was killed.
Sources connected to Suge tell TMZ … he got word he was included in the film, and wanted to talk to Dre about how he was being portrayed. As we’ve reported … Suge’s friend Terry Carter helped set up the meeting.
As for what Suge was so worried about — a new trailer for the movie was just released, and there is a character whupping someone’s ass in a studio … who looks just like Suge.
TMZ broke the story … Suge and Dre’s sit-down never happened because Suge got into a fight with actor Cle “Bone” Sloan … and eventually backed up over him and Carter.