In the film, actors portray Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren as the masterminds behind the tough, street-inspired sound of rap in Compton, Los Angeles in the late 80s. Themes in the music ranged from crime and drugs to police brutality and systemic racial discrimination.
The film opened in the U.S. on August 14, and earned more than $60 million at the box office in its first weekend. It has hovered near the number one spot at the box office, crossing the threshold of $100 million in sales before the weekend.
Now, fans in Europe, Asia, and even the UAE are getting excited for the film to be released in their home countries. NWA and its contemporaries have gained worldwide fame through the messages in their music. While it may sound harsh on the outside, there are valuable lessons to be taken from the lyrics.
The film attracted controversy when viewers were shocked by the brutal portrayal of certain women in the film, but the producers wanted it to be a testament to the times during which NWA rose to fame, about which there were regrettably many harsh feelings.