After 11 years of red tape, 3 studio changes, and lots of underground buzz, the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton” finally hits theaters nationwide, August 14th, 2015. Press Pass LA was on the red carpet premiere earlier this week in L.A. to chat to the stars!
The film chronicles the making, success, and eventual disbanding of the notorious gangsta rap group. The title of the film, Straight Outta Compton, is borrowed from the controversial 1988 debut album that put Southern California on the map in the hip hop scene before there was even a category for the music.
Famed director F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off) took the helm in telling the uncut tale in the truest form possible for audiences. The carpet was electric as a DJ spun West Coast beats while so many heavy hitters in the rap community came out to support the premiere on August 10th in Downtown Los Angeles.
Radio personality dubbed “the voice of L.A.” Big Boy told Press Pass LA how NWA’s music was the soundtrack of his, and many others, youth during critical times and events such as the Rodney King Riots.
Chart toppers, such as rap artist The Game and singer Tyrese, proclaimed they would not be standing and speaking with us tonight had these gentlemen not paved the way for African American artists from Southern California.
Even though the night was all about the pioneers, one of the original founding members, DJ Yella, graciously took the time to speak with us about seeing his life story on the big screen. He made a very relevant point of how the music is still prevalent in today’s society with all of the unfortunate injustice happening to our minority youth.
Who knew that 5 minority youths from one of the toughest neighborhoods in the world would create such an impact through their music? These gentlemen will tell you, during the recording sessions…everyone had a feeling something groundbreaking was on the horizon.
Go see a piece of cinematic art through an unapologetic lens and a dope soundtrack with Straight Outta Compton released by Universal Studios this weekend!