50 Hip-Hop Albums You Need To Hear Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton

A volatile Gangsta Rap classic that launched the careers of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, the D.O.C. and more.

N.W.A -Eazy-E , Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella- are regarded as the ultimate hardcore Hip-Hop band and the rightful dominant forces of Gangsta Rap; the most controversial musical phenomenon of recent years and a group whose mannerism got them under investigation from the F.B.I. Walking in the footsteps of  Schooly D and Ice-T they took Hardcore to a whole new level and are praised as one of the most raw and authentic bands the music scene hasn’t had the chance to ignore.

‘Straight Outta Compton’, is a bold blend of rough dope beats and foul-mouthed raps, interspersed with the sound of gunshots and sirens that perfect encapsulates the Gangster mentality of the West Coast. Contrary to the popular Rap acts of the time -Whodini, Salt N’ Pepa or Run-DMC- it certainly wasn’t danceable or radio-friendly. But it created a whole new audience by honestly illustrating the state of gang warfare in LA and proving that the ruthless attitudes and savage scenes depicted are an honest reflection of what’s happening in their city rather than the result of a grim imagination. Inside injustices and feuds led to the comlicated departure of Ice Cube and most importantly Dr.Dre who famously cancelled his business contract by force along with Suge Knight.

The band was oficially dismantled in 1995, after Eazy-e died of AIDS. Despite the escalating public feud, after Eazy’s death, Dre said that they still kept in touch. ‘I did my record about him, he did his record about me. It’s all business and entertainment. We had beef. It’s not like we just got together and planned it. We did the records. We talked about it and laughed about it and that was that.’ This band defiantly accomplished so much in less than three years it’s amazing. Play this badass record loud and proud.