Its soundtrack hasn't exactly aged well, but really, the sympathetic characters and gritty presentation transcend any minute flaws or awkwardness. Fishburne's truth-bomb monologue on gentrification is built to and earned, and aside from that, it's never preachy or didactic; just honest, intimate, and vital.
Authentic and emotional look at life in South Central in the 80s/90s. The cast is great, even Ice Cube. Also hilarious that the subtitles let me know exactly which song was in each scene, including several by Ice Cube... when he's on the screen. Crossover appeal!