Straight Outta Compton was a movie produced by Dj Andre young “Dr. DRE” and O’Shea Jackson “Ice cube” who are the former members of the N.W.A (Niggaz with Attitude) which was one of America’s notorious hip hop and Gangsta rap group from Compton, California in the 1980’s.
The movies directed by F. Gary Gray narrates the life of Afro-American youth facing racism and police brutality while growing up on the streets of the United states of America. Thou the film focuses more in the ghetto areas.
Straight Outta Compton soundtrack is composed up of Music, Sound effects, Dialogue and Foley.
The Music in the film is made up of already recorded Hip hop, Gangsta rap and funk tracks and an Original Motion Picture score which was composed and directed by Joseph Trapanese
The music of the soundtrack represents the kind (genres) of music the Afro-American teenagers in America listen, produce, sing and perform to speak up on issues that affect their communities. As the movie is to raise racial and Police brutality in United states. The directors chose that kind of music to attract the views attention and get them like the film more.
They used old classic tracks which were re-mastered and the made them louder than the original tracks to emphasise the film.
Below is some of the tracks that are used in the film
- N.W.A – “Straight Outta Compton”
- Parliament – “Flash Light”
- Eazy-E – “We Want Eazy”
- N.W.A – “Gangsta Gangsta”
- Funkadelic – “(Not Just) Knee Deep”
- Eazy-E – “The Boyz-N-The Hood”
- Roy Ayers Ubiquity – “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”
- N.W.A – “Dopeman (Remix)”
- N.W.A – “Fuck Tha Police”
The environmental music used is also noisy with car sounds people yelling and shouting car drifts. This all represent the environment the movie shows.
There are several sound effects used in the film like the police sirens and the helicopter sound that go off in most scenes of the film. The sirens and helicopter represent the law enforcement operation in the film as the neighbourhood the film represents has a lot of criminal activities like drug dealing and street fights. The reverb, panning, and volume automation is applied to the effects to make the police cars and helicopters in film sound like the comes for different direction as it is shown on the screen.
There are loud big explosive sounds effects used in the film like during the police raid in the neighbourhood at the start of the film. These effects are compressed and planned to make them sound louder in order to emphasise the police banged house door down and the collapsing down of the house walls after the police hit them. Lastly, the sound effect I would talk about is the DJ scratch used during the live stage performance of the N.W.A. these effects make the DJ character “Dr. Dre” look like more professional and very talented in his production art.
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