07/09/2015

BOYZ N THE HOOD



CRUISIN' DOWN THE STEET IN MY SIX FO

As today marks the birthday of late rap legend Eric 'Easy-E' Wright, I'm going to take this opportunity to cherish Easy and N.W.A who came crashing onto the music scene in the 80s and inspired a generation. Music is probably the only thing I love just as much as fashion, and I honestly wish that I could find some sort of time transportation device so that I could journey back in time and experience the fashions of the 80s, (although I sometimes now dress like some sort of throwback from the 80s) as well as for the music, a decade which houses several of my favourites. I am in awe of this generation, everything was new and groundbreaking and it just seems like it was all so happening. If I could be reborn into any era the 80s would definitely be it. As a grade 8 violinist, from the age of 5 I have been on stage performing; and the feeling you get when you hear the applause is indescribable, like one of those moments you are so happy you just can't stop smiling, so to think that Easy and N.W.A went from having very little, beating all the odds to make it in an industry dominated by White Americans and therefore completely changing the lives of themselves and their families must have been incredible. From thousands of fans, to hearing your songs on the radio, to performing sellout tours all over the USA, I can only begin to imagine how exciting a time it must have been for them.
With only small amounts of video footage of the group performing live available, the release of the Straight Outta Compton, a biopic based on the rap 5-piece N.W.A, creates for those who weren't fortunate enough to have ever seen them live an idea of what it must have been like back in N.W.A's golden days.
Since I first saw the trailer in February, it immediately became my no.1 most desired film to see, (yes it was a 6 month wait and probably about 65 trailer viewings later) but I have to say it was more than worth it. Not only is the casting sublime, (O'shea Jackson Jr. yes yes yes), the film's director F. Gary Grey and production designer Shane Valentino do a fantastic job portraying the urban crisis and the 'War on Poverty' surrounding gangs, guns and crack cocaine on the streets of 1980s Compton, which really was integral in the bands formation. Drugs, crime and poverty all heavily influenced their music, which ultimately highlighted the tensions between the African-American communities and the police, something which wasn't very well received by the authorities. Voila, the reality-rapper is born.
Although I was only 4 years old when Easy died, I'll still rep my LA Dodgers cap to this day and will never stop me from having Gangsta Gangsta on repeat. I think N.W.A and Easy will always have a special place in my heart. Happy Birthday Easy, we love you.



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