Recorded at Audio Achievements, Torrance, California.
N.W.A.: M.C. Ren, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Yella (rap vocals).
Recorded at Audio Achievements, Torrance, California. Includes liner notes by Phyllis Pollack.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
How do you define five of today's most controversial and successful rap artists? Three letters--N.W.A. (aka Niggas With Attitudes). While hip-hop was dominated by New York-based rappers, N.W.A. took a stand for the West Coast, paving the way for a music's migration. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON universally established Ice Cube, Eazy-E, M.C. Ren, Dr. Dre and DJ Yella as prime figures in the hip-hop nation, and gave every gangsta with a rhyme a reason to grab the mic.
Straight out of Compton, California, N.W.A. delivered real raw hip-hop without any fear of voicing their true opinions, which is just what they did on "Express Yourself," where they emphasized the theme of keepin' it real. Their motto may as well have been what Ice Cube stated on "Gangsta Gangsta": "life ain't nothing but b**ches and money." Yet, the group dissed more than the usual suspects--women, various suckas, whack MCs--going so far as to ridicule the "boys in blue," on "F**k Tha Police," a song so controversial that N.W.A.'s record company received complaints from the FBI and various Policeman's Benevolent Associations.
The hard-driven beats of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON showcased Dr. Dre and Yella as producers/DJs on the forefront of a movement that has come to be known as "gangsta funk," and took N.W.A. to the top of the rap game.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (10/02, p.75) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...One of hip-hop's crucial albums..."
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.128) - Ranked #144 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "This was the start of gangsta rap, as well as the launching pad for the careers of Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre."
Q - voted one of the 'Top 50 Titles Of 1989.'
Uncut (11/02, p.141) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Their landmark blend of pop, rage and skilful self-marketing conitnues to reverberate...."
Alternative Press (7/95, p.88) - Ranked #45 in AP's list of the 'Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...Recorded in a garage, this record integrate[s] sensational violence and sexist bravado with cheesy house-party music, staying charming all the way....this record eventually sent rap to the gallows as imitators took the gospel to heart: 'Life ain't nothing but bitches and money'..."
Vibe (12/99, p.164) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
- Straight Outta Compton
- F**k Tha Police
- Gangsta Gangsta
- If It Ain't Ruff
- Parental Discretion Iz Advised
- 8 Ball - (remix)
- Something Like That
- Express Yourself
- Compton's N The House - (remix)
- I Ain't Tha 1
- Dopeman - (remix)
- Quiet On Tha Set
- Something 2 Dance 2
- Express Yourself - (extended mix)
- Bonus Beats
- Straight Outta Compton - (extended mix)
- B*** Iz A B***, A
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