F. Gary Gray Q&A: The Hard Life Lessons That Led To ‘Straight Outta Compton’

L.A back in the early 90s, my Hip Hop video Bros all rolled with Gary , the trusted  young video   director  who had the ear of Ice Cube ,  DJ Quick, Snoop Dogg  and others . The crews  knew Gary  had the hook up in the very  tight  and new career  opportunity  for young black males. Looking  back it’s  amazing  the bold vision  as only BET had the national  reach ,  and even then conservative  Black America  periodically  condemned  gangsta rap, causing the TV outlets  to censor  hip hop content.

Even more reason to congratulate  Mr. Gray for presenting  N.W.A’s tale as much as his own as  a member  of a category  of Americana  deemed  ‘Menace to Society’. Success  is the  revenge , and as boxing impresario  Don King chanted , ‘Only in America  ‘.

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EXCLUSIVE: Studio execs who thought of F. Gary Gray as a go-to guy for taut thrillers like The Italian Job, The Negotiator, Law Abiding Citizen and Be Cool already are reassessing as Straight Outta Compton opens tomorrow with rave reviews and strong box office expectations. The film chronicles the fast rise and fall of N.W.A and the birth of streetwise poets who reflected the poverty, gangs, drugs, guns and heavy-handed law enforcement that was part and parcel of living in the Los Angeles ghetto. The film is very personal for Gray, who is around the same age and grew up in South Central Los Angeles just miles from N.W.A members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella. There is a Social Network atom-splitting depiction of the birth of an important cultural movement in Straight Outta Compton, and an underdog story of the struggle of young men…

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