Seeing the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” today was fitting. Because when I arrived home later, I found Marvel paying homage to the seminal hip-hop group’s debut album of the same name. The additional recent tributes include those for Slick Rick, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, & Nicki Minaj. With the latter, Marvel’s once again using recent albums for their variant covers, presumably for relevance to a younger audience. Though these are nice, I’m waiting for them to pay tribute to “Licensed to Ill”, “Criminal Minded”, and “Long Live the Kane”.










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Sy L. Shackleford is a jack-of-all-trades columnist for Action A Go Go. A University of Connecticut graduate with a degree in both psychology and communication sciences, he is a walking encyclopedic repository for all things Marvel Comics, movies, hip-hop, et. al. You can follow him on Twitter @shack_house83.

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