Like most of the country I’ve been caught up in the Straight Outta Compton hype for the past few days. Blasting “Express Yourself” on my way to work, side eyeing mall security just because and thinking long and hard about what ever happened to Felicia. Did she find a shirt, fix her weave, make it home okay — you know the real hard questions.
But just like eating booty like groceries, the dust eventually settles and audiences must ask the inevitable, “wait, what just happened?” Case in point Straight Outta Compton. Yes, it’s a great movie, no argument there, but it also skated over several key facts, one being that much of N.W.A.’s music degraded women, glorified violence and paved the way hip-hop classics like “Tip Drill.”
As you’d expect, with age comes maturity, or for some of Compton’s finest at least better statements to the media. Decades of mainstream success later, most of the men behind songs such as “A Bi**h iz a Bi**ch” and “She Swallowed It,” in which MC Ren brags about sex with a 14-year-old, have somewhat owned up to the foolishness of their ways.
Rapper Snoop Dogg has since denounced his use of “bi**hes” and “hos,” and even notorious woman beater Dr. Dre has kinda sorta taken ownership of his 1991 assault on journalist Dee Barnes and other women, telling Rolling Stone:
“I made some fu**ing horrible mistakes in my life. I was young, fu**ing stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true – some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really fu**ed up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”
And then there’s Ice Cube who so eloquently shed light on the differentiation of bi**ches and ho’s attitudes toward N.W.A.’s misogynistic lyrics versus an “upstanding lady,” telling Rolling Stone:
“If you’re a bitch, you’re probably not going to like us. If you’re a ho, you probably don’t like us. If you’re not a ho or a bitch, don’t be jumping to the defense of these despicable females. Just like I shouldn’t be jumping to the defense of no punks or no cowards or no slimy son of a bitches that’s men. I never understood why an upstanding lady would even think we’re talking about her.”
*scratches head* Grammar aside, is this the same guy who wrestled with a deer in “Are We There Yet?” and whose PG and PG-13 movies have grossed more than $100 million? At 46-years-old Ice Cube is too old, too rich and should be too wise to sound this ridiculous. You would think having a wife and daughter would have changed some of Cube’s views on women, but apparently not even a little estrogen via next of kin can melt a man’s penchant for woman bashing. Such a shame to see a seemingly good guy drop a few notches because of his refusal to evolve his thinking.
Needless to say I’ll be thinking long and hard about watching Lottery Ticket the next time my goddaughter comes over.