Rating: 4 Guns
It was twenty years ago that the city of Compton was put on the map, it was twenty years ago that we were introduced to some of the greatest rappers of all time and it was twenty years ago that a new style of rap was born…gangsta rap.
From Dre’s production and Ice Cube’s lyrics and delivery, this album is a fuck you to the system. “Fuck Tha Police” prompted a letter from the FBI accusing NWA of promoting crime and setting a bad example. “Express Yourself” is the only song on the album that does not have cursing, but Dre’s message is still strong; “Expressin’ ain’t their subject/Because they like to follow”. “Straight Outta Compton” is a pure assult by some of the craziests motherfuckers of rap and as Eazy-Z rapped, “I don’t give a fuck”.
The 20th anniversary edition includes songs by Snoop, C-Murder, Mack 10 and Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony paying their respect to the original gangsta’s of rap. If you think about with NWA, you wouldn’t have Snoop, Jay-Z or West Coast rap.
Before NWA, rap was something played at house parties but now it has become the voice of the streets and as NWA said “you are about to witness the strength of street knowledge”…so pay attention.