Jerry Heller on the other women ‘Straight Outta Compton’ forgot

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In the months before N.W.A’s album “Straight Outta Compton” was released in the summer of 1988, a team of teenage female rappers from the Inland Empire called J.J. Fad helped upend West Coast hip-hop by putting the fledgling enterprise Ruthless Records on the map.

The success of J.J. Fad’s infectious single, “Supersonic,” and its Dr. Dre co-produced album that followed, played a role in establishing Ruthless as a legitimate enterprise, forging a path for the breakout success of N.W.A.

Not that you would know any of this fascinating back story from the recent blockbuster N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” J.J. Fad’s existence, let alone import, isn’t acknowledged. As is often the case in such endeavors, whole swaths of the narrative are missing.

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