Straight Outta Words

Powerful. Insightful. Motivational. Inspirational.

These are just a few of the words that describe the movie Straight Outta Compton.

I was born in 1990 so by the time I came into this world N.W.A was well under way to being one of the biggest groups in hip hop as they came out in the late 80s.

Growing up I don't remember my parents listening to N.W.A. much or maybe they did and I'm too young to remember it. Like I said, I was born in 1990. It's not that my parents didn't know about them they were just not a part of the hop hop lineup that was circulated within my household on an almost frequent basis. Tupac. Snoop Dogg. They were circulated. N.W.A? nah.

But when Straight Outta Compton was performed during the movie I knew those words. I felt that beat. I felt Ice Cube's aggression when he starts the verse. I felt the love of N.W.A's city, where they're from before Straight Outta Compton could fully end. I rapped those words and I felt the love too.

Straight Outta Compton is not just a biopic focused on the groups rise to fame and their influence on hip hop it also tells a bigger story. It tells a story of a more historical issue.

See, even though the film was inspirational, even though it was powerful, it still brought me to tears because the film showed that even with time, things have not changed. I looked at the film in confusion when within the first couple of minutes a police raid involving a military tank destroys a drug or "trap house" that Eazy-E, one of the members of N.W.A tries to escape from. I look on in horror as a young Ice Cube is leaving his friends home to walk across the street to his own house as the police are arresting....I'm sorry not arresting, but more so messing with the black males on Cube's block trying to find something to arrest them for. A young cube is also caught up in this power trip by the police officers as they knock his books out of his hand and throw him on top of a police officers car as they try to arrest him by trying to find narcotics in his possession before releasing him. Releasing him, but not before they demeaned him by letting him know as a black male, he has no power and ultimately means nothing.

The depiction of police brutality against people of color, especially black males, within the film is parallel to the issues within today's society. Young black males being stopped for looking like they might cause trouble or an issue.Young black males being shot for looking like they might steal something. For looking like "gangsta's," for looking like drug dealers. In actuality they're being stopped for looking like them. In actuality they're being shot for looking like them. For being black.

Police officers still openly terrorize predominantly black neighborhoods by constantly driving and searching for trouble because they feel it will be found in black neighborhoods. Black people are trouble, of course they will be committing or partaking in some illegal action, they just have to find it. From a police officers perspective they are securing and trying to contain this problem, to stop it, when realistically it's institutionalized racism that needs to stop.

Regarding the relationship between the African-American community and the police force nothing has changed from the late 80s, when N.W.A came out to now, 2015. And while I would like to be positive, I doubt anything will change.

This was not a movie review of Straight Outta Compton, but simply my opinion on how I viewed the film. But people should go see this film and I'm glad that people, regardless of race or age are going to go see the film because the film just might leave them how it left me, Straight Outta Words.