It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

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 Although the group was no longer active, their influence -- from their funky, bass-driven beats to their exaggerated lyrics -- was evident throughout the '90s.

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 their 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 the group 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, was finished.

In the two years between Cube's departure and the group's dissolution, N.W.A was 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 their 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 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, self-award hip-hop of Public Enemy, and it completely rewrote the rules of hip-hop for the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

Comments

Report as inappropriate
we need new rappers like them! the all new N.W.A. but still no one can get as good as them!
Report as inappropriate
N.W.A 4 life yall ������
Report as inappropriate
They made history in 1989 and still is. That's what upppp !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Report as inappropriate
alderipu396
Guys, if you have some free time check out ATOCE.COM this is an easy way to make around $400 per week and it's pretty easy to get started. Hope this helps (Copy and paste if it works for you). ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Report as inappropriate
just saw the movie
Report as inappropriate
Always Love and Respect N.W.A 4LIFE!!!
Report as inappropriate
shireioh419
Guys, if you have some free time check out ATOCE.COM this is an easy way to make around $400 per week and it's pretty easy to get started. Hope this helps (Copy and paste if it works for you). ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Report as inappropriate
liltsmama
This song is dope as f***! $







Report as inappropriate
Man good movie and song's
Report as inappropriate
Been bumpin NWA since 88.. The movie just reminds me of my high school days
Report as inappropriate
If here because of the movie.... leave now
Report as inappropriate
N.W.A. is the best rap group of all time! This is the cut that solidifies true gangsta rap! These dudes were not just inovaters but put their stamp on the rap world, anyone who doesn't see their words and meaning as something that has and will stand the test of time there is something real wrong with them!
Report as inappropriate
IF UR ONLY HERE CAUSE THE MOVIE LEAVE!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Report as inappropriate
THIS IS REAL MUSIC
Report as inappropriate
RIP Eazy!!
Report as inappropriate
N.W.A is the best group of the 90s rhymes are straight fire ������������
Report as inappropriate
Kool BOSES!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Report as inappropriate
laurenroushi o n
RIP EAZY
Report as inappropriate
This song doe straight ligit s**t bro
Report as inappropriate
ortezini840
Guys, if you have some free time check out ATOCE.COM this is an easy way to make around $400 per week and it's pretty easy to get started. Hope this helps (Copy and paste if it works for you). ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Report as inappropriate
Classic
Report as inappropriate
Boyz n the hood is my favorite gangster movie
Report as inappropriate
N**gas wit attitudes r boys n the hood n**gas fo life lol..live the s**t
Report as inappropriate
This song doe
Report as inappropriate
rip Eazy E
Report as inappropriate
alderipu396
Guys, if you have some free time check out ATOCE.COM this is an easy way to make around $400 per week and it's pretty easy to get started. Hope this helps (Share this method if it works for you). ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Report as inappropriate
Real G'S
Report as inappropriate
One of the greatest if not the greatest rap group
Report as inappropriate
RIP Eazy E
Report as inappropriate
shireioh419
Guys, if you have some free time check out ATOCE.COM this is an easy way to make around $400 per week and it's pretty easy to get started. Hope this helps (Share this method if it works for you). ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Report as inappropriate
str8 thing no play thing
Report as inappropriate
The movie was so good i love this song 2
Report as inappropriate
The best in the west
Report as inappropriate
Strait out of Compton ����
Report as inappropriate
cruiseioe189
Guys, if you have some free time check out ATOCE.COM this is an easy way to make around $400 per week and it's pretty easy to get started. Hope this helps (Share this method if it works for you). ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Report as inappropriate
jranderson65 5
They are the best
Report as inappropriate
diegojoyner
The movie was great.
Report as inappropriate
Eazy E died of AIDS bruh even I know this I wasn't even in this world when N.W.A was pawpin but I grew up listening to their music especially cube✅��
Report as inappropriate
F**k the police on some rs but the movie was great I was straight up laughing when cube said bye Felicia
Report as inappropriate
mhaynes0921
Forral eazy e
Report as inappropriate
RIP EAZY E & PAC
Report as inappropriate
Ima n**ga fo life.. I can dig it!!!
Report as inappropriate
Ayeeee
Report as inappropriate
Bye Felecia
Report as inappropriate
Fuxk the police a la verga the law
Report as inappropriate
Don't forget yella and mc ren all these fake be a fans.
Report as inappropriate
This s**t is the bomb
Report as inappropriate
It was sad when eazy died
Report as inappropriate
Long live Eazy E and NWA.
Report as inappropriate
Dope movie
Show more

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[71, 100, 86, 97, 91, 73, 112, 97, 118, 98, 84, 116, 104, 82, 99, 112, 87, 82, 92, 113, 73, 84, 119, 83, 105, 71, 120, 65, 98, 77, 102, 66, 79, 122, 70, 93, 100, 124, 106, 64, 122, 74, 103, 124, 96, 113, 103, 85, 66, 94, 80, 118, 116, 97, 120, 99, 102, 123, 99, 85, 97, 66, 101, 71, 111, 71, 83, 93, 74, 87, 69, 83, 108, 79, 89, 110, 84, 78, 71, 109, 110, 73, 64, 72, 101, 114, 64, 78, 71, 76, 73, 125, 74, 71, 118, 108, 125, 88, 112, 108, 110, 106, 111, 85, 96, 75, 90, 84, 93, 96, 116, 71, 107, 90, 116, 74, 92, 104, 86, 107, 66, 112, 99, 81, 68, 125, 83, 103, 107, 112, 88, 86, 119, 123, 120, 125, 95, 115, 69, 107, 116, 72, 91, 122, 105, 76, 83, 72, 121, 109, 106, 102, 82, 126, 124, 81, 110, 93, 92, 91, 71, 101, 72, 120, 83, 76, 103, 113, 123, 80, 118, 93, 119, 124, 97, 109, 69, 73, 116, 113, 122, 77, 120, 109, 79, 87, 97, 125, 118, 84, 99, 74, 89, 106, 117, 64, 109, 117, 119, 83, 93, 70, 104, 101, 95, 117, 72, 78, 76, 97, 68, 72, 105, 65, 104, 119, 117, 118, 114, 96, 122, 101, 122, 121, 84, 81, 98, 127, 101, 123, 83, 101, 93, 71, 122, 101, 84, 118, 111, 88, 86, 75, 98, 64, 107, 115, 116, 125, 87, 104, 107, 102, 76, 67, 97, 67, 103, 122, 71, 117, 126, 121, 67, 72, 81, 79, 69, 101, 102, 88, 110, 80, 92, 96, 64, 96, 80, 116, 89, 83, 80, 119, 72, 94, 117, 118, 105, 98, 91, 66, 69, 112, 81, 66, 84, 82, 100, 76, 86, 65, 104, 114, 80, 77, 98, 105, 73, 68, 119, 117, 77, 121, 76, 120, 97, 76, 103, 108, 64, 97, 84, 79, 111, 97, 111, 91, 113, 125, 103, 81, 117, 66, 120, 66, 118, 114, 94, 90, 71, 109, 114, 103, 115, 65, 95, 72, 97, 98, 105, 97, 114, 75, 101, 110, 105, 69, 79, 106, 120, 120, 104, 118, 87, 109, 96, 114, 68, 66, 118, 101, 74, 110, 72, 101, 100, 116, 113, 123, 124, 82, 109, 109, 82, 64, 126, 65, 79, 70, 107, 64, 125, 126, 65, 66, 89, 109, 98, 98, 65, 86, 111, 69, 84, 100, 113, 68, 113, 77, 112, 102, 122, 64, 103, 110, 88, 67, 108, 67, 126, 107, 99, 86, 82, 97, 113, 125, 100, 66, 104, 76, 68, 114, 68, 81, 69, 81, 111, 101, 117, 111, 95, 99, 122, 74, 75, 80, 97, 113, 65, 97, 94, 73, 82, 101, 110, 81, 112, 87, 95, 72, 86, 102, 81, 68, 100, 75, 79, 121, 97, 119, 100, 112, 104, 124, 87, 123, 80, 117, 112, 120, 125, 95, 75, 123, 109, 114, 104, 85, 66, 108, 72, 121, 127, 109, 64, 120, 82, 127, 96, 110, 119, 126, 105, 100, 76, 126, 67, 74, 82, 65, 73, 107]