“Straight Outta Compton,” a film based on the gangster rap group N.W.A., will premiere in Cantrell Hall at 9 p.m. Feb. 24.
The movie gives a visual of the rise and fall of the rap group N.W.A., formed by six men from southern Los Angeles who were tired of the poverty, crime and, most importantly, the police brutality which they had witnessed and experienced.
N.W.A.’s success influenced many of today’s rappers such as Kendrick Lamar, who received five Grammys for his latest album “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
Felix Gary Gray, an American music video director, film director and producer, directed “Straight Outta Compton” as well as other successful films. The movie has gotten positive reviews by critics as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
The movie was released in August of last year and made more than $200 million worldwide. For any real fans of rap music or fans of N.W.A., be in Cantrell.