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Redskins players took over Movieland in Richmond, Va., on Friday night for a team outing to go see the new film "Straight Outta Compton, the musical biopic about the group N.W.A.
As is normally the case, many rookies attended the screening, which was at once a chance to see a popular movie for free and a way to bond with their teammates in a different setting.
Twitter can often serve as a space to offer hot takes about all things pop culture. But instead of highlighting players' 140-character reviews, The Redskins Blog caught up with some of those that attended to get some more insight into how they enjoyed the rap formation of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E.
RB Trey Williams:
"It was very inspiring, man. It definitely opens your eyes about a lot of things. For the most part it was very empowering and they did a lot. I didn't know they did that much in the community. That was pretty impressive. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, how they came up. That's inspiring. We look at it and we say we do have a chance."
WR Jamison Crowder:
"It seems like it's been a while since a movie of that type has been out. I kind of compare it to the category of 'Friday' and 'Boyz In The Hood,' so it's been a while since I've seen a movie like that. I liked it. It kind of brought out a lot. Most of the stuff happened before I was born but I still got a history of the N.W.A., Eazy, Ice Cube. It was a good movie."
"I was never really a west coast kind of guy because I grew up in North Carolina, so I'm more of a southern guy. The music is a little different. But those are the guys you have to respect though…that helped evolve hip-hop to what it is now."
RB Matt Jones:
"It was great. Everything seemed real. Kind of took me back to 1993. My favorite part was when they came together back as a group and everyone reunited, showed love, showed loyalty."
DE Corey Crawford:
"I thought it was one of the best movies of 2015. It let you see how stuff back then happened and how the evolution of hip-hop came about [through] the everyday life of a gangster you could say. I thought it was apretty good movie just showing how the team N.W.A. started. That was the best part, being with the team, getting to bond with each other, to know each other. This is my first year getting to know other guys, so that was a good way to do it."
DE Ricky Jean Francois:
"I think it was really more about Eazy, but it just wanted to show you the good side of things. It doesn't matter where you're from. You can do whatever you want. It's up to you. It doesn't matter what your situation. Doesn't matter what you're going through. It's up to you. You want to put your work in, then do it. Ice Cube did that same thing. Dre did the same thing. You start seeing dudes around Compton coming together and once they did, the West Coast took over."
"The best actor in the movie was Cube's son. The demeanor, everything, was on point. A lot of people told me he had to take two years to act on that movie. I knew his dad was an actor so he already knows how it goes. But everybody in the movie played the hell out of their part."
LB Dyshawn Davis:
"I loved it. I grew up listening to N.W.A. The movie just gave me a brief background, history and more details on what N.W.A. was about. I love going to the movies, period. Just to go enjoy the experience with the tammates. This is a blessing to be here, be in the NFL, so going together, hanging out with the guys is always a good time."
TE Chase Dixon:
"It was a great movie. Well produced. Had a lot of the west coast guys really feeling the movie. It was good to see them all enjoy it and good just together as a team and enjoy the movie. I wasn't too, too big on N.W.A. Of course the popular stuff I listen to. Not being a west coast guy, it wasn't my jam growing up."
LS Nick Sundberg:
"I thought they did a great job telling the story between how the relationships were built and kind of destroyed from everybody in the group. It was a movie that made you laugh, made you smile, almost made you cry, one of those where your emotions are up and down. But I loved it. I sat next to Kai [Forbath] and Tress [Way] and they both loved it, too."