Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Soundtrack

Straight Outta Compton has had a bit of a delayed soundtrack release considering the movie came out last August. However, that does not diminish the quality of the soundtrack at all. Naturally, you get plenty of N.W.A. songs with some solo work and other artists sprinkled in. If you’re interested in grabbing the soundtrack on vinyl you can do that here. Now we’ll jump on in.

The soundtrack kicks off with the title track of course. How else would you start off Straight Outta Compton? The first non-N.W.A. track we get is up next with “Flash Light” by Parliament. This throws some funk in to what most may have thought would be a soundtrack and movie just full of rap. It’s great to see that added in because rap music had to have influences from before rap even started.  We’ll see this again a few songs later in the soundtrack with Funkadelic’s “(Not Just) Knee Deep.” This soundtrack does well with the placement of the tracks and the N.W.A. songs are broken up with fun tracks to switch up the vibe. It’s safe to say that while all of these songs have been released before, they still manage to bring something new to the soundtrack.

Anyone who is a fan of N.W.A. will enjoy what is almost essentially a greatest hits for the band in this soundtrack. On the latter half, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre have some of their solo work featured. I was a bit surprised that the soundtrack ended with “No Vaseline” and “Nuthin’ But A G Thing,” but that is also the only thing that seemed slightly off to me. Personally, “Express Yourself” will always be a favorite N.W.A. song of mine and I’m glad it made the soundtrack. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to see the movie, but was familiar enough with the music to thoroughly enjoy it. This is a must-have soundtrack for the dedicated N.W.A. fans, so be sure to check it out.