Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton (M18)
This biopic serves as a good crash course on the explicit world of gangsta rap.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, it traces the origins of US rap group N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitudes), which led to the birth of successful musicians Ice Cube and Dr Dre.
The story follows aspiring musician DJ Andre "Dr Dre" Young (Corey Hawkins) as he ropes in Eric "Eazy-E" Wright (Jason Mitchell) to make a record using money from pushing drugs.
They then recruit O'Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson (O'Shea Jackson Jr), Antoine "DJ Yella" Carraby (Neil Brown Jr) and Lorenzo "MC Ren" Patterson (Aldis Hodge), and, together, they use music to get off the streets.
Such underdogs-to-stars stories are not new but somehow Gray manages to keep it moving and entertaining.