Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic, hit theaters and quickly became the number one movie in America. It even broke a record for Universal, making it the fastest studio to surpass the $2 billion mark in a year at the North American box office. Better still, it has the respect of (most) critics and audiences alike.

That’s not to say that it’s not without its hangups. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella, and Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, the film tracks the rise and fall of the iconic hip hop group. That alone is a lot of material, and Straight Outta Compton attempts to deliver it all in the span of 2 hours and 27 minutes. As I wrote about in my review, it leaves certain moments in the story un-fleshed out, but the performances and the impact of the story remain strong.

If you didn't see Straight Outta Compton this past weekend, I strongly suggest you do. If you need further convincing, here are some of the film’s major draws.

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1. The Music
To celebrate the release of Straight Outta Compton, the real Dr. Dre released an album titled Compton, which, by the way, was streamed 25 million times on Apple Music over the course of its debut week. However, the film itself heavily features the music of N.W.A. and will likely prompt fans to revisit their old albums after hearing them on screen. It starts with Dre recording the group’s first track, "Cruisin’ Down Tha Street" (though it takes him a little while to grasp the flow of the lyrics), and the song that spawned the film’s title, "Straight Outta Compton." Through montages of the characters writing and recording tracks, we hear more of the music that made the group famous, but "F— the Police!" is one of the more poignant musical moments in the film. Gray does an excellent job in portraying the racial climate of the time and the plight of African Americans dealing with the oppressive police force. It all comes to a climax when the group performs the song on stage in Detroit.

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