Compton 1986 - when it all began. Dre. was an aspiring DJ. Eazy-E was a dealer (or courrier?) and Ice Cube was in school. Ren, Yela & D.O.C. were around, but their fates are left on the sidelines. Police are getting brutal, gangs are getting brutal, and Compton is a tough place to live in. Dre. has a vision though, he brings in Eazy-E and everyone gets together to spread their message.
It gets wild! Orgies. Guns. Police brutality. I feel like we don't get the full picture, like they crammed too much into too little space, or don't want to reveal everything that happened, but they're living the life. They're signed. They're big. Eric (Eazy) puts in the money and makes the label: Ruthless.
And that's when it all starts falling apart.
Ice Cube leaves. Dr. Dre goes another way. Deathrow Records is formed, with Suge Knight at the top of the food chain. Tupac, Snoop and a few other new talents pop-up, and all the while Eazy-E's Ruthless empire crumbles. Not many years pass, but it feels like a long time in the movie. Everyone's grown up and gone their separate ways, but they get together again, and then Eazy gets aids.
I always pictured the end was more violent. Gang-related. Something. But while he's lying there I think to myself: who would've known. Who saw this coming. He's on his deathbed and I'm sitting here watching this movie, like I can keep posting six reviews a week for all eternity. Living the lives of others.
The guys in the N.W.A. really made the most of their lives, and I feel I should too. It was a violent and wild ride, and an inspiring movie, and it's still as relevant as ever. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle