In 2015, the thrilling biopic Straight Outta Compton was released and critically acclaimed. It graphically depicted the rise and fall of one of hip hop’s most legendary groups. Recently, singer/songwriter Michel’le also released her own depiction of the group’s history with Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, and Michel’le, as she was a major contributor to the success of N.W.A. and Ruthless Records. Upon the conclusion of her documentary and as I reflected on Straight Outta Compton, I began to wonder what other hip hop groups would make an amazing biopic.
Being born and raised in Memphis, I grew up on 3-6 Mafia and witnessed their rise to fame, so this would definitely be a must-see. 3-6 Mafia fully captured the “crunk” and rowdiness of the Memphis culture. They began locally but eventually gained regional and national success with their violent chants like “Tear Da Club Up”, “Throw Ya Sets In The Air”, and “Don’t Stand So Close”. Without reaching their full potential, they still managed to hugely influence much of the music we hear today.
Another group that I would love to see on the big screen is The Wu-Tang Clan. They embodied a style like no other. They had a complex mesh of hip hop and martial arts that created a cult-like following. I would love to see a visual of how it all came together and what caused it to fall apart.
There are so many iconic groups that would make an amazing biographical film; Public Enemy, The Geto Boys, Outkast, UGK, Naughty By Nature, Mobb Deep, and The Fugees just to name a few. Hopefully in the future we will see more of these inspiring stories.