CHICAGO — The story of the pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A. has soared straight to the top of the box office charts, but a costume blooper is the talk of the film in Chicago.
An opening scene of “Straight Outta Compton” depicting one of its characters, hip-hop artist Eazy-E, features a distinct error familiar to most Chicago baseball fans: the character is wearing a Chicago White Sox hat that had not been made at the time the scene took place.
Jason Mitchell, portraying Eazy-E, is seen wearing the White Sox hat with the diagonal letters, most commonly associated with the modern logo. The problem: That hat wasn’t available until 1991, and the scene took place in 1986. The correct hat should have been what is now considered the throwback hat, featuring block, horizontal letters reading “SOX.”
We here at WGN have corrected the error to help make this clear. The graphic on the right features the hat that should have been used; the one on the left is the one that, sadly, was used instead:
“Straight Outta Compton” opened well above expectations and brought in more than $56 million in its opening weekend. While the group was based in Los Angeles, the film made the most money in Atlanta.
Founding members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre were producers on the film, and Ice Cube’s real-life son stars as his father.