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N.W.A.

N.W.A, the unapologetically violent and sexist pioneers of gangsta rap, are in many ways the most notorious group in the history of rap. Emerging in the late '80s, when Public Enemy had rewritten the rules of hardcore rap by proving that it could be intelligent, revolutionary, and socially aware, N.W.A capitalized on PE's sonic breakthroughs while ignoring their message. Instead, the five-piece crew celebrated the violence and hedonism of the criminal life, capturing it all in blunt, harsh language. Initially, the group's relentless attack appeared to be serious, vital commentary, and it even provoked the FBI to caution N.W.A's record company, but following Ice Cube's departure in late 1989, the group began to turn to self-parody. With his high-pitched whine, Eazy-E's urban nightmares now seemed like comic book fantasies, but ones that fulfilled the fantasies of the teenage white suburbanites who had become their core audience, and the group became more popular than ever. Nevertheless, clashing egos prevented the band from recording a third album, and they fell apart once producer Dr. Dre left for a solo career in 1992. Although the group was no longer active, their influence -- from their funky, bass-driven beats to their exaggerated lyrics -- was evident throughout the '90s.

Ironically, in their original incarnation N.W.A were hardly revolutionary. Eazy-E (born Eric Wright), a former drug dealer who started Ruthless Records with money he earned by pushing, was attempting to start a rap empire by building a roster of successful rap artists. However, he wasn't having much success until Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) -- a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru -- and Ice Cube (born O'Shea Jackson) began writing songs for Ruthless. Eazy tried to give one of the duo's songs, "Boyz-n-the Hood," to Ruthless signees HBO, and when the group refused, Eazy formed N.W.A -- an acronym for N**gaz With Attitude -- with Dre and Cube, adding World Class Wreckin' Cru member DJ Yella (born Antoine Carraby), the Arabian Prince, and the D.O.C. to the group. N.W.A's first album, N.W.A. and the Posse, was a party-oriented jam record that largely went ignored upon its 1987 release.

In the following year, the group added MC Ren (born Lorenzo Patterson) and revamped their sound, bringing in many of the noisy, extreme sonic innovations of Public Enemy and adopting a self-consciously violent and dangerous lyrical stance. Late in 1988, N.W.A delivered Straight Outta Compton, a vicious hardcore record that became an underground hit with virtually no support from radio, the press, or MTV. N.W.A became notorious for their hardcore lyrics, especially those of "F**k tha Police," which resulted in the FBI sending a warning letter to Ruthless and its parent company, Priority, suggesting that the group should watch their step.

Most of the group's political threat left with Cube when he departed in late 1989 amid many financial disagreements. A nasty feud between N.W.A and the departed rapper began that would culminate with Cube's "No Vaseline," an attack on the group's management released on his 1991 Death Certificate album. By the time the song was released, N.W.A, for all intents and purposes, was finished.

In the two years between Cube's departure and the group's dissolution, N.W.A was dominated by Eazy's near-parodic lyrics and Dre's increasingly subtle and complex productions. The group quickly released an EP, 100 Miles and Runnin', in 1990 before following it up early the next year with Efil4zaggin ("N**gaz 4 Life" spelled backward). Efil4zaggin was teeming with dense, funky soundscapes and ridiculously violent and misogynist lyrics. Naturally, the lyrics provoked outrage from many critics and conservative watchdogs, but that only increased the group's predominately male, white suburban audience. Even though the group was at the peak of their popularity, Dre began to make efforts to leave the crew, due to conflicting egos and what he perceived as an unfair record deal.

Dre left the group to form Death Row Records with Suge Knight in early 1992. According to legend, Knight threatened to kill N.W.A's manager Jerry Heller if he refused to let Dre out of his contract. Over the next few years, Dre and Eazy engaged in a highly publicized feud, which included both of the rappers attacking each other on their respective solo albums. Ren and Yella both released solo albums, which were largely ignored, and Eazy continued to record albums that turned him into a complete self-parody until his tragic death from AIDS in March 1995. Before he died, Dre and Cube both made amends with Eazy. With his first solo album, 1992's The Chronic, Dre established himself as the premier hip-hop producer of the mid-'90s, setting the pace for much of hardcore rap with its elastic bass and deep, rolling grooves. Gangsta rap established itself as the most popular form of hip-hop during the '90s -- in other words, N.W.A's amoralistic, hedonistic stance temporarily triumphed over the socially conscious, self-award hip-hop of Public Enemy, and it completely rewrote the rules of hip-hop for the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Fuckkkkkkk the f**king police
F**k
90's changed the face of hip hop, and don't get any credit. Fuk lil Wayne and all them b**ches
Damn if NWA was still dropping s**t, they'd be so damn dope. This is the s**t that's chill af.
This is when s**t was real
Im coming straight outta Compton!!!
It's all about makin' that GTA
Fûçk the police coming straight from the underground
F**k the police
@Jonathannav a r r o dude, tupac was in digital underground at this point and wasn't even famous... It's vice versa.
Follow me 4 a follow back
dionflanagan
jonathannava r r o nwa was first
Drake, lil Wayne, rick ross, and other joke rappers wouldn't last a day if they was around when NWA was putting it down. They would have jumped drake for being soft
F**k da police
What no lyrics pandora ??? Lol
@jonathannav a r r o it's called sampling a best not copying . & PAC was the 1 who sampled the beat .
GTA SA
god damn right
f**k the policeeeeeee ��
Sick as fucckkkkk yo
Copied tupac rather be yo n**ga beat but sounds cool
RIP EAZY E
this shvt still hard asf. 诗意的
Dopeman is dope af
OH SNAP.....Str a i g h t Outta Compton.. is still the JAM!!! Me and you can go toe to toe don't make me; I'm knocking sucka's out daily!!
Fcak the police
S it what f**k tha police
Listening to a radio that plays only classical piano music and nwa.
The 12 grade
Dre still the best producer. Sh*t still fresh.
N**gas don't and can't do s**t like this anymore. #realniggas
Ice cube is the best lyricist evef
R.I.P.Eazy-E
8 ball rollin
I ain't the one is by Nwa. It's on straight outta compton. Pandora is right. Check wiki brother
And pretty sure I Ain't the One is on Ice Cubes. Amerikkkas Most Wanted not Straight Outta Compton. Wrong again Pandora!
Dre doesnt smoke weed or cess....ha!
Classic NWA shvt. Legendary asf.
sexiest pioneers? wtf! who writes this dumb ish?
F**K THE POLICE!!!!!!
Just don't XD
Nuns With Acid!
Straight Ottua Compton CD... is a must have in everybody's rap/hip hop collection!! ! ! I still ♥ this entire CD!!!!! RIP Easy E!!!!!
From a father of raising four girls onmyon die for them they savedme jr simmons
Most of the greatest come from nwa
Hell ya
Straight Outta Compton
City of Compton
Called her a b**ch cause that's the rule, boyz n the hood trying to keep me cool
From the title I'm holding, Eazy E's f**ked up and got the 8 ball roll'n
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
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