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5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent's worst nightmare come true,
With this album, Dr.Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella brought to the mainstream the soon-to-be-pariah known as Gangsta Rap, with its foul-mouthed depictions of violence, drugs, and sexism. The production pairs hard-hitting, thunder-like beats and snare kicks with uptempo funk and soul, as Cube, Dre, Eazy and Ren spit rhymes, that, even today, are offensive,...
Published on Jan. 28 2008 by Patrick W. Gribbon

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3.0 out of 5 stars the start of gangsta rap
Yeah this was the start of gangsta rap but it wasnt really that great. Dont get me wrong i like NWA but i think they did a lot better on their own. get the solo albums by dr dre eazy e and ice cube 1st. Oh yeah and mr oxford lawyer is a snobby rich a** fool, 1st off how can u think dr dre is an actual doctor, 2nd u a lawyer n u help out terrible "white collar"...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent's worst nightmare come true,, Jan. 28 2008
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Patrick W. Gribbon (Ottawa, ON, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
With this album, Dr.Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella brought to the mainstream the soon-to-be-pariah known as Gangsta Rap, with its foul-mouthed depictions of violence, drugs, and sexism. The production pairs hard-hitting, thunder-like beats and snare kicks with uptempo funk and soul, as Cube, Dre, Eazy and Ren spit rhymes, that, even today, are offensive, insensitive, hate-ridden, exiting, entertaining, witty, and often amusing.

While songs deal with colorful subjects such as shooting at police, drugs, and punching someone in the mouth simply because you don't like them, the music retains a party-friendly, festive vibe, which is a stark contrast to the belligerent lyrics. With or without the lyrical bloodshed, Compton is still as playful and fun as a Run DMC record or even the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill. While comparatively benign in terms of subject matter, they were both large touchstones for Compton's sound - it sounds like a party record first and foremost. This irony is much like John Denver writing a gentle, heartfelt ballad about breaking his guitar over your head, and stabbing you repeatedly with what's left of it - lest he not blow your head off with his gat. Brutal. Hilarious.

Perhaps more ironic is that the group was not only about offending people (though it probably was a big part of the agenda), but simply telling life how they saw it. Along with the obvious "F Tha Police", a cry against police brutality, "Express Yourself," a tribute to honesty, and "Dopeman," which documents the perils of drug dealing, the album is a streetwise documentation of the harsh ghetto environment in which the rappers were raised, "the strength of street knowledge" if you will.

This album is up to the brim with classic material - the knockout left-right-left ("and you're toothless!") of the first three songs (can you really think of a better way to start off an album?), the sharp flows of "Something Like That" and "Compton's In The House", and "If It Ain't Ruff." Ice Cube is the album's star; his performance here drips with fury and hunger, though they're all in top form here and work with great chemistry to one another. As if you need to be told, one of the best albums ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First, and Best, Gangsta CD, June 10 2004
This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
Let me start by saying, I love all kinds of music. I am a fan of punk, ska, reggae, classic rock, hop-hop, gangsta, and even a little country music (Johnny Cash). That said, this is the best rap CD ever, bar-none. Straight out of Compton is an energetic opener, and contains one of the phattest beats ever. From the first couple rhymes, to the last, this CD represents what gangsta rap should, and could, have been in modern day. Dr. Dre sounds great on this CD. If you like this, check out Notorious Big. If you are a hip-hop fan, buy some Biz Markie CDs. And while I really don't care for his music, I geuss Tupac Shakur would be another good artist to add to your collection. NWA has inspired these guys (With the exception of Biz), and they are in some circles just as great. GET THIS ALBUM!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pinnacle of Gangsta Rap, June 8 2004
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S. Koropeckyj "Romi Panchir" (The Bright Side of the Moon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
If you want Gangsta rap look no further than this masterpiece. The songs are violent, hateful, masogonistic, entrenching stereotypes,a nd every other thing that could be potentially viewed as a negative charecteristic. Everything that is bad is featured on this album, however for some reason this album does not either offend or disgust me the least bit. On this album are the obvious clasics: F*ck the Police, Gangsta Gangsta, Straight outta Compton, and a few others. These songs alone are the reason why this album is worth the few bucks that you shall pay for it. Furthermore the new version has a few extra tracks including the ultra masogonistic a B*tch is a B*tch, which however is a classic song and is also a display of some twisted truth.
Furthermore everything on this album is presented honestly and openly. Though it is obvious that Ice Cube doesn't kill Cops for no reason daily, the song does display honesty in the sense that it shows the problems of frusturations faced by people everyday.
High Recommened; Buy It
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpeice..., May 11 2004
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Whitey Ford (Long Beach, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
This album is a masterpeice. The best songs are Straight Outta Compton and Ain't the 1. This album is a classic to check out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Info on NWA, May 4 2004
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Marcus Chapman "S.T.A.R. author" (Atlanta, GA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
Nearly anyone who knows anything about hip-hop should already be familiar with this album, but here are a few things you may not know. NWA didn't start with "Straight Outta Compton" or with the album "NWA and the Posse". NWA were the kings of the maxi-single. Maxi-singles were 12 inch records with more than the normal 2 songs. Their first one was the Eazy-E maxi-single with "Boyz in tha Hood", "Fat Girl" and "LA is the Place" in 1987. Then came the "Panic Zone", "Dope Man", "8 Ball" maxi, credited to NWA. The picture on that cover was used for the "NWA and the Posse" album, which for some reason, contained the radio version of "8 Ball" instead of the street version. Next came another Eazy-E maxi with "Eazy Duz It", "Ruthless Villian", "Radio", and "Compton's N Tha House", which was only issued on the cassette version as a bonus track. This maxi introduced MC Ren, who stepped in while Ice Cube was away at college. Cube returned for the next NWA maxi with "Gangsta Gangsta", "Something Like That", "Quiet on tha Set", and "Something 2 Dance 2". After all of these maxi-singles, they released the Eazy-E album "Eazy Duz It", followed by the NWA album "Straight Outta Compton". The sixth person on the "Compton" album cover is not The DOC as some have stated, it's Arabian Prince. He was featured on "Something 2 Dance 2", but apparently left the group during the course of recording the album. Since "Something 2 Dance 2" is arguably the weakest song on the album, and is the only song he recorded with the group, it was not a great loss. The bonus tracks on this remastered cd come from the maxi-single released after the album. These were the groups final recordings with Ice Cube. A year later they returned with their final maxi-single "100 Miles and Runnin" which contained the title cut, "Just Don't Bite It", "Sa Prize (Part 2)","Real Ni---z", and "Kamurshol"-a plug for their next forthcoming album released the following year. Those songs are bonus tracks on the remastered version of "Ni---z 4 Life", which musically speaking at least, is better than "Straight Outta Compton" so cop that one too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking and Influental, April 17 2004
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This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
In the current age of rap, this CD is a gem. I'm not going to go into detail about why it's so great, you already know that from previous reviews. I'm just going to wholehearteadly recommend this CD to anyone who's tired of the rap thats being played now. Dont' get me wrong, i like Gunit, Jay-Z etc but its just getting annoying to listen to the exact same thing(money, women, cars, Jewerly). That's why i've pulled out my dusty 2pac,Biggie,Wu-tang, NWA CDs out. If ur tired of rap now, listen to this album, u wont be dissappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't get any more GANGSTA than this!!!!, April 14 2004
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Wayne Maye (Petersburg,VA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
N.W.A. made their mark in hip hop, perhaps like NO OTHER group on the West Coast has or ever will again. This album is one of the greatest albums of all time, just for the sheer historical value surrounding it(they received letters from the F.B.I., they said things on this record that NO ONE thought of saying at the time, etc).Dr.Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella were THE crew in the west. This AWESOME album showed their collective strength as a forced to be reckoned with. There will NEVER be another group this tough again. Here's the review:
Album Highlights: Straight Outta Compton, F**k Tha Police, Gangsta,Gangsta, Dopeman(Remix), 8Ball, Quiet On Tha Set, and Parental Discretion Iz Advised.
Production: Thumbs up, the first of many Dr.Dre gems.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up, largely on the strength of Ice Cube.
Originality: Thumbs up, no one else was coming like this in 1988, from the east OR west.
The Last Word: What a BLOCKBUSTER album this is. The intensity shown on this record will NEVER be matched again, by ANYONE. N.W.A. defied the odds and released one TREMENDOUS album that'll stand the test of time. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Record That Started It All, April 12 2004
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This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
NWA started gangsta rap, they have bumping beats by Dre and Yella and hardcore gangsta lyrics by Eazy Ren and Ice Cube. You gotta get this album here. It features the street anthem Straight Outta Compton and other dope tracks. NWA's best recording ever put together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge, March 29 2004
This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
This album really put the Ruthless in Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. This is a pure gangsta, hardcore, ruthless album from a true rap supergroup. From five pioneers of raps: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella. It is a solid flawless album. This album is probably the most vulgar, profain true rap album EVER. It was outspoken like 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back' and louder than heavy metal. This album from start to finish is a pure dose of rap straight from the streets. Rap about the stuff that happens in the streets. It is true and nothing is overexaggerated. It is basic but extremely powerful. The best/most influential songs from this albums are "Fu<k tha Police" "Gangsta Gangsta" "Express Yourself" and "Parental Discretion Iz Advised"
I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this album to ANY true rap fan UNLESS you are easily offened. This album with the amazing lyrics from Ice Cube, the powerful high-pitched whining of Eazy-E, the raw straight to the point rhymes of MC Ren, the productions and lyrics from DJ Yella and the hardcore g-funk producer Dr. Dre together form NWA. The most notorious group of all time with a tremendous, groundbreaking album. BUY THIS!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge, March 29 2004
This review is from: Straight Outta Compton (Audio CD)
This album really put the Ruthless in Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. This is a pure gangsta, hardcore, ruthless album from a true rap supergroup. From five pioneers of raps: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella. It is a solid flawless album. This album is probably the most vulgar, profain true rap album EVER. It was outspoken like 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back' and louder than heavy metal. This album from start to finish is a pure dose of rap straight from the streets. Rap about the stuff that happens in the streets. It is true and nothing is overexaggerated. It is basic but extremely powerful. The best/most influential songs from this albums are "Fu<k tha Police" "Gangsta Gangsta" "Express Yourself" and "Parental Discretion Iz Advised"
I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this album to ANY true rap fan UNLESS you are easily offened. This album with the amazing lyrics from Ice Cube, the powerful high-pitched whining of Eazy-E, the raw straight to the point rhymes of MC Ren, the productions and lyrics from DJ Yella and the hardcore g-funk producer Dr. Dre together form NWA. The most notorious group of all time with a tremendous, groundbreaking album. BUT THIS!!!
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