As wonderful as those Straight Outta Compton memes are, what does it really mean to be from the the city of Compton, California? Beats is exploring the city by interviewing some recent prominent figures from Compton including Boogie, YG, DJ Quik, footballer Jeron Johnson, and sportscaster Marcellus Wiley. They discuss what the city means to them, the adversity of the neighborhoods that raised them, and how it shaped the essence of who they are today. "[Being from Compton] means to persevere through a bunch of bullshit," says DJ Quik. "It means to have life giving you the hardest way and still making roses come through asphalt."
August 09, 2015