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This weekend saw the release of F. Gary Gray’s rap-infused biopic Straight Outta Compton, and the high-profile drama has inspired lots of conversations and memes over the past few weeks. One of the strangest ways in which the film got referenced was on a recent local news report, in which a weatherman decided to tell people exactly what N.W.A. stands for in his world. Check it out.
If there was an award for Worst Explanation for an Abbreviation, KCRA Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan could win it multiple years in a row for this outstandingly ridiculous display, which he got from his “trusty weather dictionary.” In case you missed it, Finan said the rap group’s name stands for “Nice morning, Warmer, And it’s Friday.” I think there are cornball grandfathers and uncles out there that would be 100 miles and runnin’ from that joke, which almost bears repeating again just so we can all continue to stare agog at our computers and phone screens. Nice morning, Warmer, And it’s Friday.
The most amusing part of the video, of course, isn’t the goofy N.W.A. gag, but the way in which Sports Director Del Rodgers reacts to it. We all know what N.W.A. actually stands for – and all it takes is a quick trip to Wikipedia to find out that the “N” is a word that white people generally don’t use while on a live news broadcast – and you just know that Rodgers wasn’t quite sure what to expect. So much so, that he can’t keep a straight face for the rest of the segment and couldn’t stop chuckling.
I imagine he kept thinking about how to incorporate Finan’s words into N.W.A. songs, like “Real Nice Morning Don’t Die,” and “Nice Morning 4 Life.” I look forward to a future KCRA broadcast where one of the anchors explains how 2 Live Crew’s “We Want Some Pussy!” is actually about adopting kittens from shelters, and that Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to “flip houses” with.
Meanwhile, it’s all sunshine and breezy weather for the real N.W.A. (or at least the version shown in the movie), as Straight Outta Compton was enjoyed by a ton of people this past weekend and brought in over $56 million in its debut. And not only was it a money-maker, but it’s captured the hearts and minds of critics as well. Even Eazy E’s daughter had some nice things to say about it. Watch it.