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Straight Outta Compton Movie Quotes

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Straight Outta Compton movie quotes tell the story of gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. The biographical drama, which shares its title with the group's debut album, was directed by Gary Gray using a screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff. Straight Outta Compton opened in theaters on August 14, 2015.

In Straight Outta Compton, viewers are taken back to the 1980s when N.W.A. group members Ice Cube (portrayed by Ice Cube's real life son O'Shea Jackson, Jr.), Dr. Dre (portrayed by Corey Hawkins) and Easy-E (portrayed by Jason Mitchell) are struggling in Compton, California. Along with Arabian Prince (portrayed by Brandon LaFourche) and DJ Yella (portrayed by Neil Brown, Jr.), they form the rap group N.W.A. and join Ruthless Records, a label founded by Easy-E and N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller (portrayed by Paul Giamatti).

While N.W.A. sees success with their debut album, Straight Outta Compton, the portrayal of life in the inner city, including police brutality and racial profiling, is criticized by law enforcement, the FBI and the public leading to various conflicts. However, the tension only serves to further motivate the group members and bring attention to their art, leading to continued success. But it doesn't take long before internal conflicts between group members lead to additional issues, all of which the film examines.

Straight Outta Compton is one of several highly anticipated summer 2015 movies along with Fantastic Four, Ricki and the Flash, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, and Southpaw.
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    If You Had the Chance to Change the Situation

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    Eazy-E: I heard you been spending a lot of time at your auntie house. How's the couch life?
    Dr. Dre: I got my woman and my baby living there. It's hard, man, but you know, everybody can't do what you do.
    Easy-E: Really what I do getting played out, Dre.
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    Police Officer: Where you think you going?
    Ice Cube: I'm just trying to get home.
    Doris Jackson: That's my son!
    Police Officer: You need to get back in the house or I will ruin your night.
    Doris Jackson: O'Shea!
    Ice Cube: Don't talk to my moms like that!
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    Easy-E: If you had the chance to change the situation, would you take it?

    The life of Easy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre prior to their fame is featured, showing the struggles they dealt with in their younger years. It was the desire to change their lives, and that of their family's, for the better, that worked as one motivating factor to achieve success in the music business.
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    Our Art is a Reflection of Our Reality

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    Reporter: Your songs glamorize gangs and drugs.
    Ice Cube: Our art is a reflection of our reality.

    The rappers are ambushed by reporters at a press conference, including one who suggests that N.W.A. is glamorizing the gangster lifestyle. Ice Cube has a valid response for that journalist in that they rap about what they know, even if the reality is scary.
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    You're Cruising Down the Street

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    Dr. Dre: Just hit that first beat hard, all right? You're cruising down the street.
    Easy-E: Cruising down the street in my 64...
    Dr. Dre: Hey that was dope, E.

    Recording their classic track, Dr. Dre and Easy-E work together in the studio to perfect it. Dre recognizes that they are onto something special and is inspired to continue that success.
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    You Have a Unique Voice

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    Jerry Heller: Let me tell you what I see here: a lot of raw talent, swagger, bravado. People are scared of you guys. You have a unique voice. They think you're dangerous, but the world needs to hear it.

    Jerry Heller, N.W.A.'s manager, gives the guys a pep talk. While what they rap about includes topics that scare many folks, they are talented and should share that with the world.
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