Monday, May 24, 2010

ESPN 30 for 30 - Straight Outta L.A.

I watched Straight Outta L.A. This is the fourteenth installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 film series.

The film looks at the intersection of three events: the NFL Raiders years in Los Angeles; the rise of Gangster Rap and hip-hop in South Central L.A., particularly the group N.W.A.; and how the Raiders Silver and Black gear came to be associated with the Gangster Rap movement. The Raiders played in L.A. from 1982 to 1994—just 13 seasons—but during that time, the team’s colors, aura and superstar players became a phenomenon.

Straight Outta L.A. was produced by Ice Cube. The film is very much his personal story. Ice Cube is a die hard Raiders fan and a founding member of the N.W.A. Ice Cube states that he had a lot to do with making the Raiders the cultural phenomenon that they became.

The film includes a recent interview with Al Davis. In high definition, Al Davis is scary looking; he looks like something out of a zombie horror movie.

Straight Outta L.A. replaces Run Rickey Run as my least favorite film in the series so far. Although the storyline about the Raiders was interesting, I was not that interested in the Gangster Rap segments.

The film is available on Amazon.

I am looking forward to the next 30 for 30 titled June 17, 1994. On this date, Arnold Palmer played his last round at a U.S. Open, in Oakmont, Pa., the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Chicago, the Rangers celebrated on Broadway, Patrick Ewing desperately pursued a long evasive championship in the Garden and Donald Fehr stared down the baseball owners. All of this was a prelude to O.J. Simpson leading America on a slow speed chase in a white Ford Bronco around Los Angeles. This film premieres Wednesday, June 16.

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