Is Straight Outta Compton really turning 20 years old next year?

LA Weekly is celebrating a little early, and has posted a cover story on N.W.A that they originally ran in May 1989. It’s a portrait of a more innocent time, when wearing Raiders caps felt really badass, Ice Cube was rapping about Olde English instead of making movies about driving an SUV, and Eazy-E was throwing punches at doormen instead of being dead. It’s also one of the only contemporary accounts of the group that approached their gangsta posturing with a healthy skepticism and an understanding of how show business works rather than simply swallowing their schtick and turning “OMG BLACK GUYS WITH GUNS” into feature-length copy.