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World Trade Center Writer to Adapt N.W.A. Story

Nwa-straight-outta-compton Andrea Berloff accomplished the Herculean task of finding one story amongst the billions that emerged out of 9/11 and writing a screenplay of it. Now she's turning her attention to one of the most important groups in rap and music in general: N.W.A.


I haven't seen World Trade Center, so I can't speak to Berloff's work on that project. From what I've read, however, it was a solid telling of a gripping story. So, that's encouraging, because while the tale of N.W.A. certainly isn't on par with 9/11, it's a story full of drama, tragedy, twists, and turns that would put most fiction to shame.

N.W.A. caused sensation, scandal, and outrage with their 1988 album Straight Outta Compton (which is poised to be the title of the movie). The lyrics of songs like "Fuck tha Police" gave mainstream audiences some insight into the experiences and perspectives of many black urban youths. Within the group, there were disputes over royalties and clashing personalities. Founding member Eazy-E died of HIV in 1995. Rapper Ice Cube, once the face of an entire generation of exploited and furious young men, now makes lukewarm family movies. Bananas.

I'm just really glad that these stories are getting cinematic attention because, whether or not you like hip hop, they are interesting and important and the genre truly did revolutionize music, culture, and social attitudes. My one hope is that this effort is better than Notorious. Biggie, too, had a brief but wild existence and the movie that told the story of his life was just not handled well. They had wonderful actors and it was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The writer and the director totally blew it.

And now a vintage selection from the gentlemen behind N.W.A. Uh, don't listen to this at work.







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Comments

BHJ

Word.

[mark]

oh, it's being listened to at work. hell to the yeah.

and i found "boyz n tha hood" on the hard drive. also bumpin' on the headphones.




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