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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 Although N.W.A were no longer active, their influence -- from their funky, bass-driven beats to their exaggerated lyrics -- was evident throughout the '90s, while their story was told in the critically acclaimed 2015 film Straight Outta Compton.

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 its 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 N.W.A 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, were finished. In the two years between Cube's departure and the group's dissolution, N.W.A were 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 its 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 and The D.O.C. 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 hip-hop of Public Enemy, and it completely rewrote the rules of hip-hop for the '90s. A 2015 biopic, the critically acclaimed, Academy-Award-nominated Straight Outta Compton, made over $200 million worldwide at the box office and inspired Dr. Dre's third solo album, Compton, released that same year. With N.W.A.'s cultural resurgence and mainstream recognition of their legacy in the history of rap and hip-hop, the group received another honor with their induction into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: EFIL4ZAGGIN (Explicit)

1. Prelude

2. Real N**gaz Don't Die

3. N**gaz 4 Life

4. Protest

5. Appetite For Destruction

6. Don't Drink That Wine

7. Alwayz Into Somethin'

8. Message To B.A.

9. Real N**gaz

10. To Kill A Hooker

11. One Less B**ch

13. Automobile

14. She Swallowed It

15. I'd Rather F--- You

16. Approach To Danger

17. 1-900-2-COMPTON

18. The Dayz Of Wayback

19. 100 Miles And Runnin'

20. Just Don't Bite It

22. Kamurshol

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Track List: Straight Outta Compton (Explicit)

1. Straight Outta Compton

2. F**k Tha Police

3. Gangsta Gangsta

4. If It Ain't Ruff

5. Parental Discretion Iz Advised

6. 8 Ball (Remix)

7. Something Like That

8. Express Yourself

9. Compton's N The House (Remix)

10. I Ain't Tha 1

11. Dopeman (Remix)

12. Quiet On Tha Set

13. Something 2 Dance 2

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Tell 50 cube dre I got something to day rest in peace eazy e
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This is what you call rap this s**t is hot!!!
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Racist cops can KISS MY BLACK A**! ROT IN HELL, F**KERS!
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We need to kill the police this is why they kill black man and don't get charged with a crime trying to bring us down in they life and bring back the south too with all that hate f**k it kill them all n.a. learn that
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F**k The Police came on and I got happy
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Notorious let's ride an get high
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DONT READ THIS OR YOU WILL GET KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOURE DONE PRESS SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREEPY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Darnellhodge 3 8 what the f**k does anit mean
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If you think they ain't s**t than f**k you n**ga... but I bet ya asses think young thug and Drake and the rest of those fake a** rappers the s**t.... at least these motherf**ker s change the world the rest just dick riding it..... N.W.A 4ever
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I love this song
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F**k the police
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I aint the one and f**k the police is my s**t
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Shout out to paisas and homie prey I have baby soon
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Dope Man....this song takes me back.Glad NWA got inducted to the Rock In Roll Hall Of Fame
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Wordlife! Cali!
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I love this song an I'm 54 years old an a great grandmother #BLOOP
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Not Dee, my auto correct did that. I meant Dre.
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I wish Eazy was still alive. He would be doing movies too. I bet if He and Cube did a movie together, it would be called, Life Ain't Eazy. Starring Eazy, Snoop, Warren G, Dee and Cube. Sort like an off- beat Friday. Oh, don't forget Ezal. Lol
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The best in in its time....Fvck the police.....
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Greatest Rap Group Ever
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Actually born in Compton
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Straight outta H-Town
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Don't be afraid it's only a....
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