The phrase “Bye, Felicia” (or Felisha, for purists) has saturated the modern vernacular. It's origins as slang originated with the 1995 film “Friday,” but the life and times of N.W.A. may have had a little something to do with it too.
Or so goes the mythmaking of “Straight Outta Compton,” the N.W.A. biopic in theaters in Friday.
Whatever “Bye Felicia's” true Ground Zero, the popularity of the phrase still makes Ice Cube rather proud, and he may never retire it.
I caught up with the “Friday” actor and “Straight Outta Compton” producer plus his former N.W.A. cohort DJ Yella to discuss “Compton,” to chat about history versus mythmaking… and if there's any truth to those Eminem-joining-an-N.W.A.-reunion rumors.
“Straight Outta Compton” is in theaters on July 14.