For rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube the emergence of gangster rap will be forever linked to the Oakland Raiders' move to Los Angeles in 1982. He turns the camera on himself to tell how his... See full summary »

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For rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube the emergence of gangster rap will be forever linked to the Oakland Raiders' move to Los Angeles in 1982. He turns the camera on himself to tell how his genre-defining group NWA forged an unlikely relationship with the Raiders, a team whose swagger and style captivated LA during their troubled 13-season stay. Written by Anonymous

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I had a hard time getting myself to watch this one...
6 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed many of the "30 for 30" documentaries--even though I am really not a sports fan. Mostly it's because they often tell very compelling stories and are exceptionally crafted. However, I had a really hard time getting myself to watch "Straight Outta L.A." and I think I should point this out because I did have a bias against it. One of the reasons is that I don't like rap music-- especially gangster rap. And, the film was made by Ice Cube from NWA (I would love to say was 'NWA' stands for but IMDb won't allow this--I could get banned or at least get this review removed if I did this). But the biggest reason is because I absolutely hate what Al Davis has done with the Raiders and think his actions have done a lot to hurt the NFL and hurt many fans. Let me explain. He owns the Raiders and they'd been a very successful team in Oakland. Then, he decides to move the team to Los Angeles and he sued the NFL to do this. I had mixed feelings about this at the time--LA was the second largest market in the US and they had no team and I sure think they deserved one. But the Raiders were supported by the fans in Oakland and I didn't want to see Oakland screwed. Ultimately Oakland AND LA ended up getting screwed, as after a few seasons in LA, Davis packed the team up and moved BACK to Oakland! Wow...talk about contempt for the fans!! So, understand that I hate what Al Davis has done to football. And, this surely must have impacted my feelings about "Straight Outta LA"!

Despite all this, I like the documentary for several reasons. First, while it was made by Ice Cube, it was professionally made and compelling--so he did a good job. Second, it didn't 'whitewash' the story. It did admit that the image of the LA Raiders had become so thuggish that fans were afraid to attend the games. Heck, ex- players admit that they wouldn't let their families attend. So, you could understand Davis' decision to move the team...at least to a degree. On the other hand, some folks thought Davis was a bit nuts and some of the criticism of him and his actions is pretty harsh. I also appreciated that. So overall, despite my preconceptions, the show is well done and worth seeing.


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