Today in Hip-Hop: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Releases in Theaters
On this day, August 11, in hip-hop history...
2015: The N.W.A. movie Straight Outta Compton was released in U.S. theaters on Aug. 11.
The movie, a biopic on the rise and reign of N.W.A. in the late '80s, was met with praise from fans and critics alike, though nitpicky hip-hop heads obviously didn't like a couple facts getting left out (or just changed). Ice Cube and Dr. Dre were co-producers on the film, and though Jonh Singleton was said to be in talks to direct the film, that role was eventually given to F. Gary Gray. Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. played his father in the movie.
The film grossed about $60 million opening weekend, and to date is the highest grossing music biopic in Hollywood history. Not only did it help legitimize the rap biopic form in the 21st century, but it also became the highest grossing film from a Black director and all-time highest grossing music biopic, pulling in $188 million by the end of 2015. In February 2016, the film won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.
Who could be disappointed with the film? It's the story of the most controversial rap group of all time, and it's made more money than any other music biopic before it. Sure it has its tiny inaccuracies, but any fan who loves to see hip-hop get appreciated was happy with the movie. Check out XXL's interviews with actors Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins and director F. Gary Gray about the momentous film.
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