It started with Eazy “Muthafuckin’” E. I’ll admit it; until recently, I didn’t think he was worthy of the “muthafuckin’” adjective, but after attending an exclusive pre-screening of Straight Outta Compton: The Story of N.W.A, in theatres on August 14th, I’ve most definitively changed my mind.
To prepare for this dissertation of the film, I started with the world standard in online search engines: Google. Don’t you love it when Google automatically populates the search box with suggestions? It’s like Apple’s Siri in a way; service at your electronic beck and call. Well, what appeared this evening when I typed in ‘N.W.A’ into the search bar was N.W.A influence on society. Wow. Eazy E, MC Ren, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube had a significant influence on society, so much so that Google co-signed it. That makes more than a little sense. Compare the media and law enforcement’s response to N.W.A in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s to what we have witnessed in this day and age against individuals who are much less provocative. It’d be safe to tout the members of N.W.A as more than the brutally honest journalists they proclaimed themselves to be; in fact, they were deliciously defiant, feared and fearless prophets.
Like “Watergate” and “East Coast vs West Coast”, the media created the term “gangsta rap” to define N.W.A to unsuspecting citizens. The term hadn’t existed before. That, and other talking points of their narrative, was the same glamourized, anemic rhetoric they (the media and law enforcement) had accused N.W.A of producing. The truth is N.W.A was a sensation, more effective than The Beatles at stirring people into a frenzy. N.W.A slapped people upside their heads with their truth and, as one reporter put it, exposed police brutality to the mainstream. That was twenty-five years ago; a quarter of a century later, and the world has grown up. The police now have graduated from practicing simple indignity, assault, and intimidation to outright and overt murder and obstruction of justice as standard “policing”.
By Aundreya Thompsom
Aundreya is an expansive force on the artistic scene; respectively, a successful model, writer, actor and producer. She focuses on bringing authentic and relatable content to life, working with and bridging the gaps amid a broadening network of creative talent. Perpetually prolific, find her online at www.aundreya.com and http://www.aundreyathompson.blogspot.ca/