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Clockwise from left: DJ Yella, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, Jakid Mitchell as Eazy-E, O'Shea Jackchild Jr. as Ice Cube and also Neil Brvery own Jr. as DJ Yella. Photo: Universal Pictures
The N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" blew original box office expectations ideal out of the water opening weekend via an over $60-million deyet, making it the fifth-biggest opening in August, ever before. But then, the success shouldn't have actually been that much of a surpclimb. In the late '80s and early '90s, the legendary hip-hop group disseminated important social commentary to the masses by means of innovative beats and also rhymes and insightful, at times incendiary, lyrics — messages that still resonate nearly 30 years later. They likewise had a vital affect on fashion across all demographics and also sociofinancial levels. We have Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and also DJ Yella to say thanks to for the popularization of the still-sartorially appropriate Dickies, pre-Nelly Nike Air Force 1s, monochrome sports-themed starter jackets and also caps and all things Raiders. (Remember exactly how all the suburban youngsters rocked their Specialties team caps means back when?)
"They were simply as strong in their means of dressing as they were in their words," shelp the film's costume designer Kelli Jones, whom you might recognize for dressing legions of SAMCRO and fellow motorcycle club members on seven seasons of "Sons of Anarchy" — which, incidentally, put her at the top of "Compton" director F. Gary Gray's and also co-executive producer Adam Merims' list.
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"Gary and Adam really put together the parallel between 'Sons of Anarchy' and 'Straight Outta Compton,'" she shelp. "Just the style, the style.
"I understand among them is fictional and also the various other is N.W.A., however that was the thing. They're pretty much fashion icons within that human being and they developed this style without being slaves to fashion," Jones included. "So that's what I wanted to hit on and also I wanted that to resonate via people this day."
Of course, it also helps that the signature style of co-producers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube (played by Corey Hawkins and Ice Cube's child O'Shea Jackson Jr., respectively) really hasn't adjusted that a lot because the late '80s — also if their bank accounts have. "N.W.A. — also as they developed as incredibly successful rappers and they came right into most money — their style stayed the very same," Jones sassist. "And that's what made it so effective and also what people wanted to emulate."