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A biopic of hip hop supergroup N.W.A. just rang up nearly sixty million dollars in its opening weekend. None of that came from my wallet, though: I had prior engagements I had to deal with. I understand Straight Outta Compton mostly plays as an Ice Cube origin story that also brings up his writing the screenplay to Friday (which, like Straight Outta Compton, was also directed by F. Gary Gray, thereby completing the circle of life), reducing MC Ren's role to that of "the other guy, no, the other other guy", and most likely skipping past N.W.A. & The Posse entirely, thereby erasing Arabian Prince from our timeline, but honestly, the movie does look pretty good, and I'll catch it in theaters as soon as I can.
Nobody really saw this coming, since none of the main characters are played by name-brand actors: the closest we get is Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller, who I hope is playing the man similar to how he portrayed Pig Vomit in Private Parts but probably isn't. But the main players and their producers (read: Cube and Dr. Dre) have been hitting the publicity scene pretty hard the last few weeks. Hell, Dre even released an album, an actual rap album, out of fucking nowhere just to promote the flick (and anyone who tells you otherwise is just lying to themselves).
As is to be expected, Straight Outta Compton's massive haul has movie studios looking through dollar-sign irises, and the race is on for the next big hip hop movie, revisionist-historic or otherwise. Last week, it was reported that Master P is going to take another crack at bringing his life story to a direct-to-video bin near you, but his flick is going to be produced independently: if he doesn't drive a tank or at least an actual ice cream truck at some point during the goddamn trailer, then he'll just be wasting everyone's time.
Here are some of my ideas for hip hop events I'd like to see recreated on the big screen:
- the story of 2Pac leading right up to his signing his life away to Death Row Records, or, conversely, a 2Pac story that takes place solely within the time he was signed to Death Row Records, with a montage sequence featuring him writing and recording three hundred fucking versions of the same fucking song just to get away from Suge Knight as quickly as possible
- the story of Kool Keith, featuring the man reinventing himself every twenty minutes or so (I'd actually pay money to see this)
- the story of that time Erick Sermon was caught banging some other dude's girl and jumped out of that window
- the story of Kurtis Blow starring Kanye West as he looked during the 808's & Heartbreak rollout
How about you two? Are there any events in hip hop history that you'd like to see represented on the big screen? Leave some feedback below. Also, if you could let me know if Straight Outta Compton is worth paying money to watch, that woul dbe cool.