Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A. (Musical group)

Music CD - 2007
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Straight Outta Compton

Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Priority, p2007
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
Branch Call Number: CD HIPHOP N.W.A.-6232
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Straight out of Compton


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Feb 03, 2015
  • grimreefer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

tightly produced with slick hooks and audacious lyrics.
essential for any serious hip hop fan.
may offend the uptight...

Dec 19, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Released in 1988, "Straight Out of Compton" is ground zero for gangsta rap and set the template for an entire generation of West Coast rap. This is the album with their defining songs, "F*** Tha Police" and the title track. After those two epochal tracks, the album runs a little thin. You have to wonder why a group with Ice Cube and Easy-E in it would let MC Ren (who?) and Dre rap. It also leaves a conflicted legacy, as the vulgarity, misogyny and "bitches and money" philosophy that still defines a lot of hip-hop was enshrined here. People can pretend like lyrical content doesn't matter, but it can make for an ugly and unpleasant listening, despite its undeniable impact.


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