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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 Although N.W.A were no longer active, their influence -- from their funky, bass-driven beats to their exaggerated lyrics -- was evident throughout the '90s, while their story was told in the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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jamming out to this at work haha...NWA Forever
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Cube that dude, Dre that beat master... I been banging there music from the start, and I continue, we bump that sh**, in kansas
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Can't get enough NWA
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Eazy e killed it
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The best rap song ever classic
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EFIL4ZAGGIN
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Great music, they rap al s**t
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Am chock who I want th o Chock
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F**k u Compton 18th b**ches
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don't read this. you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.Dont stops his is freaky! but if read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This so creepy because it actually works
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This song will never get old...luv it
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sfcostilla
True
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Bad a** f**king song love what it says I'll whatever f**k with you,lol from Jose in los Angeles.
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I know ALL THE WORDS to Gangsta gangsta by NWA!! MY SONG!
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sfcostilla
Realy n****
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Muthafuck the mutha f**king police shoot them punk p**sy f**got a** cops on sight word is bond you pigs get f**ked up if y'all do some dumd s**t in the town you dig b**ch a** cops!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Real Hip Hop
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Don't read this. You will be hugged on the nearest Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow you will have the best day of your life.now you've started, but don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes, then press space bar and you crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so freaky. It actually works.
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carterrockel l
REAL MUSIC..... I REALLY WISH THEY WAS ALL TOGETHA NOW.... LOVE YOU EAZY
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F**ked up s**t aint change...but isis recruiting killers in the US ..."We NEED to stick together maaaan!!!"
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Easy E the best
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RIP the dope dealer Eazy E
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Alwayz Into Somethin!!!
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They were way ahead of their time ������������ � still dopest s**t around
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badollak
Friday
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❤️
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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I love all their songs :D
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Love this song
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instagram: 69jaecob
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. If your reading this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 different songs in143 minutes. When your done press your space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters. This is freaky it actually works.
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U n m
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mr.p504
For sure.. The best that ever done it!!
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Best.
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love them, who else had watched the movie before?if not your missing out, and go watch it.
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Anybody know a ho named Strawberry? Lol.
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Yo dre I got something to say f the police
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One of the best
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The best
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NWA THE REAL OG'S
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Best rap shut I have ever heard love my n**gas rip E
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I like platapussy
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Reach back like a pimp
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Kljmfiljrrem f l i r e r m f j i d s d n f j k f e s n c o i j f d s n l v k
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His son will do. Haha
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I tink tha soems ni gga capped his a ss
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Tha ni gga lil eazy e is dead fool
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Damn these crazy mother fu***rs need to make a nice come back. Idk if Es gone or not they still need to come back.
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