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5.0 out of 5 stars Gangsta rap starts here.
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...
Published on 19 April 2008 by dynamitekid156

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3.0 out of 5 stars A significant album of the 1990's.
Straight Outta Compton is one of those albums like Never Mind the Bo**ocks, Appetite for Destruction or Definitely Maybe- it's signifcant in that its been of influence- though I think it is far from either the best album or best hip-hop album of the 1990's.
Dr Dre and Yella help cook up a semi-industrial blend of funk'n'beats for Ice Cube, MC Ren & the late Easy-E to...
Published on 23 Nov 2002 by Jason Parkes


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangsta rap starts here., 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. 'Straight Outta Compton' was a breakneck introduction to the group; 'F*** Tha Police' their defining anti-cop statement, a truly dangerous cut; and 'Gangsta Gangsta' a tour through Compton life that's both amusing and profane.

All three songs (and indeed, the whole album) featured extraordinary production. Cantering along on pounding drum samples and squalling brass, the beats feature a weight and thickness that's often absent from modern rap; and yet to this day Dr. Dre claims he virtually threw the album together using old cassettes tapes.

For NWA, this album was both their defining statement and the beginning of the end; their second and last album was self-parodic and distasteful. Both Ice Cube and Dr. Dre would continue to push the boundaries of rap as we know it but this album remains a major part of both of their defining work. Essential for any hip-hop fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest, badest, gangster rap about, NWA are just hard!!, 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Significant Episode in Hip Hop, 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Fun, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars gangsta rap at its finest, 8 Oct 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed!, 16 May 2013
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If you have had a bad day at the office, then put this baby on! Love the lyrics the beats and the attitude! My wife walked in and was not pleased ha ha!
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5.0 out of 5 stars N.W.A, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore hip hop at it's finest, 9 May 2002
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Well, what can i say?
A true masterpiece. The rhymes and beats will have you dancing, scowling & smiling. If you only buy one album, make sure it's this one.
CLASS!!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important record of the 90s- bar none., 23 Sep 2002
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R. Burin "royal_film" (Harrogate, UK) - See all my reviews
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"You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge"- and so begins rap's finest work...
At a time when rap consisted primarily of dispensible, comedic pap, two bands turned the genre on it's head. Whilst 'Public Enemy' produced three albums of sustained quality (before their shows degenerated into pantomime-esque theatrics), 'NWA' released only one truly great record. 'Straight Outta Compton' is indisputably the most important and most fully realised rap record ever made. The three chief protagonists (namely Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Dr Dre) all reached a creative peak during the recording of 'Compton'- and with production which rivals that of Public Enemy's "Bomb Squad", this is one of those rare albums which not only lives up to its hype, but far exceeds it. It is the 'Citizen Kane' of rap releases- original, immensely influential and still utterly fresh today.
The first three tracks in particular possess a potency rarely seen in rap. The violent, often crude lyrics are genuine, yet accessible. This is a record years ahead of its time, and one as important now as then- forget 'Nevermind', THIS is the record of the 90s- a cultural record, an album that defined for a generation an entire culture, a classic.
*****
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if i could give it ten stars i could, 4 Nov 2004
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this is my most favoured album from start to finish. Nwa's first piece of magic each song is a number one and it is an album that will never ever die. if you get this get Ffil4zaggin as well they are both fabulous cd's
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