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  • Vinyl (24 Sept. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Priority
  • ASIN: B00006JJ4Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pure Classic Nwa Album Official repress of the original nwa classic album. This was ground breaking stuff, causing a complete riot among music and social puritans with tracks like fuck tha police. A piece of history on 2 pieces of vinyl

BBC Review

It is a wonder, if in 20 years time we will still be enthused by the hip-hop and rap music being produced today. Are any of them really classics? Will we still want to crank that Soulja Boy and 'super man dat hoe', in say 5 years? Okay, not the greatest example, but the point being, who now in this dire state of hip-hop will have made an impact musically, for us to care about in years to come? With the re-release of N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, for its 20th Anniversary, the acknowledgment not only proves it's longstanding genius but allows new fans, who may only be aware of 50 Cent's dubious 'hell-raising' antics, to engulf themselves with the revolutionary sound that put gangsta rap on the map.

Originally released in 1988, Straight Outta Compton compelled the mainstream audience to see the hostile, underprivileged side to American living. N.W.A. did have an influential message. However, unlike Public Enemy's rational Fight the Power ethos, these teenagers were angrily brazen about sticking up a middle finger while possibly waving a AK47 in the other hand, in their pursuit of free speech. With Dre and DJ Yella on productions, the tracks were written predominantly by Ice Cube, while Easy E and MC Ren contributed with delivering the rhymes. It would be the group's notorious mantra F**k The Police that would create the most mayhem, with radio bans and FBI investigations. Nevertheless, the album reached double platinum sales status, being the first to do without commercial support.

Highlights include, I Ain't the One, in which Cube hilariously confronts materialistic women, and, of course, Express Yourself. The only track not to use profanity.

Unfortunately, the added homage tracks by Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Mack 10, and WC seem futile and do not add value to this edition. In spite of this, it's still a great offering for those who missed it the first time around. And to improve the future, you must look into the past, as Dre proclaims: "you are about to witness the strength of street knowledge..." --Maxine Headley

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gizzark Henry VINE VOICE on 19 April 2008
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Hip-hop music was barely regarded as a legitimate music form by the late eighties, despite having been around for more than a decade. This was partly because of its almost childlike innocence and quaint rhyming couplets, as well as the viewpoint that its sampling techniques were 'stealing music.'

Then gangsta rap appeared. At the forefront, alongside the likes of Ice-T, were NWA - a rap group that managed to wrench rap out of the underground and make it something to terrify The Man - or more specifically, white people and conservatives.

Overnight, rap music went from worthless to (seemingly) a genuine threat to the way people lived their lives.

When compared to the often disgusting examples of gangsta rap in modern times, NWA's proper debut Straight Outta Compton seems almost as quaint as the likes of Sugarhill Gang when you look at it now.

Its mighty opening trio aside (we'll get to them later), the rest of the album is mostly fun-loving party rap much like their contemporaries. Aside from some bad language (even that pales in comparison to modern groups) songs like 'If It Ain't Ruff' or 'Something 2 Dance 2' simply express a love of rhyming and partying. The former doesn't even feature any profanity, but is simply a three-minute showcase for the underrated MC Ren. 'Parental Discretion Iz Advised' features jazzy live instrumentation. 'Express Yourself,' meanwhile is one of the most upbeat gangsta rap songs ever created and even features an anti-drugs message in its lyrics.

But NWA achieved notoriety not for any of these songs, but because of this album's brutal and brilliant opening salvo, the songs that changed the face of rap and virtually invented modern gangsta as we know it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dan Gleeballs on 14 Feb. 2013
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I'm the whitest guy alive, but these songs are so easy to just drive along to, bobbing my head, catching the ladies eyes in my 1.2L corsa.

10/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CLINT McGAVIN on 19 Feb. 2015
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This album contains 3 very good tracks in 'Straight Outta Compton', 'F- The Police' and 'Express Yourself' - and 1 good one in 'Gangsta Gangsta'. The rest of the tracks are OK but pretty skippable really. It's very much of it's time (late 80s) and is worth owning. This edition also contains bonus material and extended versions which might interest completists. Doesn't, in my opinion, compare to THE best Gansta Rap album of all time - 'OG' by Ice T, but is still up there simply because of the afore mentioned tracks.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By NOTORIETY on 4 Jan. 2004
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You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge. With these words begins an album of lyrical, musical and political significance.Certainly this album is far from being a great album from the point of view of its musical prowess, but its caustic melodies and dark pessimistic lyrics, conjured up the spirit of the time and gave the weakest in society a voice. In effect Straight outta Compton is the most influential collection of songs in the history of rap and that genre which we know today grew from its foundations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Dec. 2000
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NWA the beginning of a legacy. This album has to be the best Rap about. Compiling together a number of highly rated rap artists rapping classics such as "STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON" did it for me!! I believe that if you are a true Rap fan this would be the album for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andrew brown on 18 Feb. 2013
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Propper old school, not a big fan of modern rap / hiphop or whatever they call it these days, but this is a must have album from the original masters of the art.
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This is a great album from when Hip hop was still young. A toddler, with all it's moods and hilarity. Brilliant social commentary turned sideways and forced in your earhole. Musically, it's clever. I think this album should be in everyone's collection. It could sit next to your mumford and sons disc and take its dinner money
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what can one say--a dj friend played the "f@@k the police track and it put a smile on face--thinking thatll never get on british radio--and I was right!!! its good stuff but if you are offended by bad language then STILL BUY IT--and play very loud. todays rap sounds pale to this--and this is over 20yrs old !!!
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