Diary of a Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B Fan/Relentless Hustler…continuation…
Straight Outta Compton...
By Steve Clenor, BA, MSMS
"Straight Outta Compton", the movie focusing on the music industry changing rap group N.W.A hailing from Compton, California is set to dominate all box office sales this coming weekend. It's been years since I've seen my peers this excited about the release of a movie, the last one may have been "Notorious" which depicted the rise and death of one of Rap's greatest talent, Biggie Smalls. This past week Dr. Dre released the soundtrack for the movie, and believe me, he did not disappoint. It's one of the best albums released in the last few years. Dr. Dre used all his rhymes and words to reminisce about the early days of the group and touched on successes of NWA, and later failures. He explains that his motivation and inspiration came from watching the screening of the movie. Speaking as an outsider of the situation, it appears that Dr. Dre used much of his part of the soundtrack to gain closure. It goes to show that hard work and dedication does pay off.
Whom could have imagined that a member of the N.W.A would have arrived where Dr. Dre is today. He is truly the representation of what we can achieve once we are able to step through the other side of life and make things happen with our own ideas and innovation. From rapping about "FUCK THE POLICE" and nowadays, being recognized as a great citizen whom is making a difference in his community. He was not given anything, Dre saw the opportunity to change his circumstances and he did. Dr. Dre is now a 50-year-old almost billionaire. Most of his riches coming from the sale of Beats by Dre. The doctor found fame with the influential rap group N.W.A. They were different from anything the world had ever seen, brash, brave, and unrelenting with their opinion of street life and the cops. He later released his solo album, "The Chronic" which built him a cult following. One of his greatest accomplishments, Dr. Dre donated part of seventy-million dollar donation to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. The goal of the Academy is to "shape the future by nurturing the talents, passions, leadership and risk-taking of uniquely qualified students who are motivated to explore and create new art forms, technologies, and business models." Dr. Dre has shown that greatness and riches can come from humble beginnings, as well as turning negativity into positivity.
For the upcoming artists and other music industry hopefuls out there, this does not mean that everything that happened for Dr. Dre which led to his riches and success will happen for you, but why not try. What if he didn't try, follow his instincts, nor took risks, he would not be what he is today. When others try to discourage you, don't tell them "Fuck the Police", tell them "Fuck-off"!!! Go check out "Straight Outta Compton" this coming weekend, tell them a "Relentless Hustler" recommended it.
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