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Time: Rapper and Documentary Filmmaker Ice Cube

Posted in Uncategorized by charmnator3 on May 13, 2010

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, rapper Ice Cube and his Los Angeles–based group, N.W.A. (Niggaz with Attitude), introduced America to “gangsta” rap. Songs like “Express Yourself,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “F___ tha Police” spoke for the urban disenfranchised, both rattling the white establishment and spurring imitators in suburban shopping malls throughout the country. During that era, N.W.A. took its attitude and fashion cues from the Los Angeles Raiders, the NFL franchise draped in black whose outlaw image — and bandit fans — served as a near perfect metaphor for the hardcore-rap movement. Ice Cube is now taking a fond and fascinating look back at that era in Straight Outta L.A., a new ESPN documentary that he directed (the film debuts on Tuesday at 8 p.m. E.T.). TIME talked to the media mogul about the movie, the impact of N.W.A. and why Los Angeles needs an NFL team (the Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995).

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