The N.W.A movie, Straight Outta Compton, FINALLY is in theaters today.
Did you know N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton was the first album to go platinum without having been played on the radio? That’s a true thing. There was a great big fuss around it, with derision and dismay aimed at its violence and misogyny, and a great many people spent a great deal of time talking about how nobody should be talking about the album. And so, of course, it just grew more and more popular as it grew more and more infamous. N.W.A recorded it in less than two months, spent about $8,000 to make it, fought to get it released and distributed when nobody but, like, six people thought it should go out, and it ended up selling millions and millions and millions of copies and altering the path of rap music (and all of popular culture, if we can take a wide-angle view here) with its massive gravity. It’s a fascinating story, really, with a big number of plot points and an even bigger number of secondary effects, which is why it’s a movie now, I suspect.
But this is not an article about the group or the movie. This is just to quickly prep you for the pages below, because down there is the World’s Most Dangerous Activity Book, based on N.W.A. It has a maze, Rap Libs, and more stuff. There’s even an N.W.A word search. Fun!
Print out the pages. Fill them in. Color them. Listen to this while you do.