Ice Cube on ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and Whether Hip-Hop Still Has Something …

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Named Top Film by African-American Film Critics Association.

Beasts of No Nation, Concussion, Creed, Dope and Straight Outta Compton were nominated on Tuesday morning for the NAACP Image Award for outstanding motion picture of 2015.

Dre been able to bring the story of rap pioneers N.W.A to the world. “Straight Outta Compton” has made a definitive mark, chalking up the highest domestic box office tally for a film directed by a black filmmaker (F. Gary Gray’s biopic – about the rise of hip-hop group N.W.A – that was on the mind of star O’Shea Jackson Jr., who plays his father, Ice Cube, in the film. “We are part of a movie that has the potential to be nominated for an Academy Award,” Jackson Jr. said while accepting the Big Breakout Cast honor during VH1 Big in 2015 With Entertainment Weekly, which recognized the biggest entertainers and pop-culture moments of 2015. “The most beautiful part about that, to me at least, is that if we’re nominated for an Academy Award, we didn’t have to have shackles on our feet. The film picked up a Screen Actors Guild nomination Wednesday morning for best performance by a cast in a motion picture, maintaining great footing as a possible best picture Oscar nominee.

Nominated in the supporting actress category are Angela Bassett for Chi-Raq, Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Concussion, Jennifer Hudson for Chi-Raq, Phylicia Rashad for Creed and Tessa Thompson for Creed. It was a dream come true for me to bring this to the big screen as an inspiration.” In addition to the Compton cast members, who were featured in EW’s Entertainers of the Year issue, Nicki Minaj, Aziz Ansari, Taraji P.

That dude right there, I knew from the first time I met him — he was directing my homeboy WC’s video called “Dress Code” — I just knew he had talent. The rally cry for this movie is, “We got something to say.” It feels like we’re far removed from the era of N.W.A and Public Enemy and the hip-hop revolution that was all about expression and making a statement. Until the airwaves start to promote music that is saying something and show the young rappers that that’s where it’s at, then they’re going to continue to talk about what’s being played, which is booty strip clubs, get your drink on, get high. But a lot of artists doing records, they’ve got to deal with the record companies and they’ve got to conform in some kind of way to keep their budgets coming in, so it’s a catch-22. I’m so happy for him and I’m happy that the people in the industry realized that he was the best guy for the job and didn’t just put him in the movie because he was my son, because I could have done that years ago.

Sometimes when you have an opportunity to really mine your own story and present it like this, you can start to see that story in different, illuminating ways. Michel’le has said “this is Cube’s version of his life.” So let me just ask you point blank: Is this film not as honest about the history as it could have been? I believe trying to put 10 years or more into two-and-a-half hours, there’s no way in the world you’re going to be able to tell everybody’s story.

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