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Straight Outta Compton Movie Quotes

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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    We Need to Keep Going

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    Dr. Dre: We need to keep going, man. We can take over the god damn world.

    Dr. Dre knows that, despite the threats from the police and FBI, that what they are doing is worthwhile. They can get out of their impoverished roots and bring inner city social issues to the mainstream discussion all at the same time, which is a win-win for all.
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    A Threat From the Federal Government

    Jerry Heller: This isn't the crips and bloods. This is a threat from the federal government.
    Ice Cube: They trying to tell us what we can't play. This is N.W.A. Yo, Dre.
    Dr. Dre: What up?
    Ice Cube: I got something to say.

    Jerry Heller explains that the FBI has taken exception with N.W.A., their record company, Ruthless, and the distributing company for what the FBI called "advocating violence and assault." This letter doesn't stop N.W.A. from performing, rather only brought more attention to what the group was rapping about.
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    Rap is Not an Art

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    Police Officer: You guys supposed to be somewhere?
    Jerry Heller: These are artists.
    Police Officer: Rap is not an art.
    Jerry Heller: You cannot come down here and harass my clients because of what they look like.

    When N.W.A. members are arrested for seemingly no reason, manager Jerry Heller is angered. While rapping about police brutality isn't really a crime, it sure isn't going to make their relations with the cops any better.
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