Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton 15

Stars Become Stars

Film + Event

Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016

Director:
F. Gary Gray
Cast:
O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
Duration:
146 mins, 2015, USA

"Watching Straight Outta Compton felt like reliving the whole scene on screen and my teenage years again. In the UK, there was a lot of admiration for what N.W.A. was doing, ‘cos most hip hop artists were coming out of New York so a lot of people were unaware of the scene going on in L.A.

What they brought to the game were hardcore reality lyrics delivered over funky beats which you couldn't help but move to no matter how much profanity was in a song: their subject was real life and no matter where you come from you can relate to the lyrics. As a group they took that next generation of mc-ing to another level, individually or as a group they could all hold their own lyrically.

- DJ Style (Ujima Radio/Code of the Streets)

In the mid-80s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in America. When five young men (including Dr. Dre, Easy E and Ice Cube) translated their experiences into brutally honest rhymes that rebelled against abusive authority, they put their anger about life into the most powerful weapon they had: their music.

Following the meteoric rise and fall of seminal rap group N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of a music and pop culture revolution that ignited a cultural war and gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. With their rise to fame comes all the problems that come with it - meanwhile, their manager goes from friend to enemy and Los Angeles explodes during the 1992 Rodney King riots.

It's a powerful story thrillingly told - and the young actors playing their real life counterparts are all hugely charismatic - but above all, this is an explosive piece of hip hop history that speaks urgently to right now.

Let's go back to the 90s! Before the film join us in the Café/Bar from 22:00 - 23:00 for a session with DJ Style (Ujima Radio/Code of the Streets), taking us on a 90s musical journey spinning straight up hip hop, soul and R&B classics in spirit of N.W.A's 'Express Yourself'.

Presented by Come the Revolution in partnership with Ujima Radio as part of

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These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.