Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of N.W.A, shattered box offices opening weekend, making $56.1 million dollars.
The film tells the story of the N.W.A’s rise to fame as the “most dangerous group” in 1980s rap and hip hop scene. N.W.A. members include Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Eazy-E and DJ Yella.
The group and movie portrayal, has been criticized for being disrespectful to women and glorifying drugs and crime. In an interview with Rolling Stone’s Mark Seliger, Ice Cube states the movie is meant to provide context for the 1980s lyrics.
“You had to see why we did the music. You know, not just ‘we were young, angry n—– out of South Central,’ but why did we make those kind of records? We were living in the middle of dope dealing, gangbanging, police brutality, f——-Reaganomics, and there was nowhere to escape.”
Read the full interview at Rolling Stone.