Straight Outta Compton is one of the biggest movies of 2015, and Bill Straus, who got his start as a production assistant on Boyz n the Hood, was essential to making it happen. He shares his journey here.
The success of J.J. Fad’s infectious single, “Supersonic", and its Dr. Dre co-produced album that followed, played a role in establishing Ruthless as a legitimate enterprise, forging a path for the breakout success of N.W.A.
Rap is sometimes seen as having gone soft, handed over to people singing of a kind of wish fulfillment more than their desire to have wishes fulfilled. But the return of highly serious work in a hip-hop context changes the game.
Sarcasm, irony, tongue-in-cheek, parody. Thumb your nose at 'em. Flip 'em the finger. Plug in the amp and blast 'em. That oughta kick 'em outta their apathy and get their asses shakin'! And more thoughts on motivational music.