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The most important record of the 90s- bar none.,
This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
"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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Initial post: 15 Dec 2009 13:55:24 GMT
M. Summerfield says:
Yep. Except it was an 80's record, not 90's.
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