Curiosity piqued by Ice Cube’s recent cameos at Raiders practices and given no reasonable explanation by Oakland brass, NBC Miami’s Joe Kukura is happy to report “Ice Cube’s movie-making posse does not have the same knack for obsessive secrecy as the Oakland Raider football organization”
Turns out that Ice Cube has been enlisted by ESPN to make a documentary called “Straight Outta L.A.,” a film which will document the period during which the Raiders played in Los Angeles.
“The Raiders captured a large number of black and Hispanic fans in L.A. at a time when gang warfare, immigration, and the real estate boom were rapidly changing the city,” says an ESPN press release about the project. “The L.A. Raiders morphed into a worldwide brand as the team’s colors, swagger, and anti-establishment ethos became linked with the hip-hop scene that was permeating South Central Los Angeles.”
This is just the kind of publicity that the NFL loves!
“Still a die-hard Raiders fan,” the release continues, “Cube will explore the unlikely marriage between the NFL’s rebel franchise and America’s glamour city and show how pro football’s outlaw team became the toast of La La Land.”
Exciting that Ice Cube is doing a project about the Raiders, but disappointing that it focuses on the period during which they left Oakland. Fortunately for Oakland Raider fans, we know how this movie ends.
Though I’m not familiar with Cube’s work as a documentarian, I’m fairly confident this film will be much better than “Are We There Yet?” (though perhaps not nearly as good as “Get off My Dick and Tell Yo Bitch to Come Here”).