Weekly gangstas | Bleader

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Weekly gangstas

Posted By on 12.06.07 at 05:34 PM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

click to enlarge 2369.jpg

Is Straight Outta Compton really turning 20 years old next year?

LA Weekly is celebrating a little early, and has posted a cover story on N.W.A that they originally ran in May 1989. It's a portrait of a more innocent time, when wearing Raiders caps felt really badass, Ice Cube was rapping about Olde English instead of making movies about driving an SUV, and Eazy-E was throwing punches at doormen instead of being dead. It's also one of the only contemporary accounts of the group that approached their gangsta posturing with a healthy skepticism and an understanding of how show business works rather than simply swallowing their schtick and turning "OMG BLACK GUYS WITH GUNS" into feature-length copy.

Tags: , , , ,


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Miles Raymer

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories