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N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton' | For The Record

What started as an attitude that helped put Compton, Calif., on the map grew into a worldwide music revolution celebrating the streets.

N.W.A's historic 1988 debut album, Straight Outta Compton, has become a legend all its own. With a lineup of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and MC Ren, and production by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella, its landmark status helped define gangsta rap. It included provocative tracks such as "F*** Tha Police," which caused the FBI and U.S. secret service to send menacing letters to their label, Ruthless Records, while they were banned from performing at many venues. Straight Outta Comptonn may have caused controversy in 1988, but in recognition of its true pioneering status, in 2017 the album was inducted into the Recording Academy's GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.

N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton' | For The Record

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