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Ice Cube releases film about the Raiders-NWA connection

Troop suits were quite popular amongst rap stars like LL Cool J back in the 80’s, but when it comes to N.W.A, they were different, as instead of such type of outfits, they all chose to were black. Niggaz with Attitude was comprised of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, and since all of them and most of their crew from Compton, California were fans of the team, that meant to wear a lot of Raiders shirts and hats.

For many years, Raiders clothing became a synonym with NWA and gangsters rap, and now, Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson is his real name) has put up together a documentary about the connection between his old band and the Raiders. It is called “Straight Outta L.A., wordplay for their “Straight Outta Compton” debut album that saw the light in 1988. The movie will air on the TV Network ESPN as part of their series called 30-for-30.

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Cube says that amongst the professional sports team of the area, the Raiders were the one they could identify with the most as the Lakers were too glamorous, and the Dodgers were seen as a little out of their frontiers, but the football team from Los Angeles had some sort of ‘hood’ attitude.

ESPN asked the actor (who has produced films such as Friday and Boyz N’ the Hood) to do a film for 30-for30, but he had only directed once in his life: “The Players Club”, released in 98’.

The Raiders (whom played at the Los Angeles Coliseum from 82’ to 94) were highly praised in Compton, not just because they won the Super Bowl in 76’, 80’ and 83’, but also due to symbolic things like their pirate logo and the color black, and their overall renegade spirit, which made them look like the bad boys of the league.

Snoop Dogg, who was not a member of NWA but who started his career when the band broke up, making his debut in “The Chronic”, Dr Dre’s first solo album, was also fond of wearing Raiders gear, has a small appearance on the film, where he says the phrase “good guys wear black”.

Thanks to NWA and their touring before they split, Raiders merchandise was widely seeing in their gigs, and was also wore by fans of the band all across California, but the connection between NWA and the Raiders would not last too long, as the team was moved to Oakland after the riots in Los Angeles in 1992.

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