Straight Outta Compton Official Soundtrack

By Spike Brendle

One of my favorite memories of this past year was finally watching the critically acclaimed biopic, Straight Outta Compton. I had heard about this it seems like years ago, so to see it finally come to light was very exciting for me. Coming out of the movie, I was extremely satisfied and already making plans to go see it again. Part of that feeling was the acting, (a great story, however it painted the group in a somewhat “pretty” picture) but most of that feeling came from the music.

While it might have been easy to pair NWA’s debut release Straight Outta Compton as the soundtrack to the biopic, the producers had other ideas: to be released on CD January 8th, and also 2-LP vinyl set on January 22nd. The tracklist (of course) starts out with “Straight Outta Compton” and then immediately takes a funky turn with Parliament’s “Flashlight.” While the track is at least ten years older than the others on the album, it fits in perfectly. Other funk classics include Funkadelic, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, and Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame.

The remainder of the album contains bits and pieces from NWA’s catalogue, as well as solo projects from each member, including up to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Nothin’ But a G Thang.” This collection of seventeen tracks would be great for starting the party, keeping it going, or just turning it on and cruising down the street (in your ‘64).

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