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Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A.

1988

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Straight Outta Compton

Rating

3.54

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You know what the fuck it is !! FUCK THA POLICE COMIN STRAIGHT FROM THE UNDERGROUND

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4

Most of the messages on this album do not age well. Misogyny, homophobia, violence, toxic masculinity run rampant throughout. The approach was not the best, but the message of the cops vs. the black community still rigs true today. The level of frustration in Compton that spawned the movement of gangsta rap must have been great. The rhyme schemes in today's rap almost make this album feel corny despite deliberate and aggressive violent lyrics.

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Waaaayy too long. I feel like they needed to edit this down to half. The first few songs it was like they were trying to squeeze everyone in. It’s interesting, never listened to the full album and I’m realizing now Gangster rap was created during this album: there’s a stark difference between the songs, some still stuck in the 80s paradigm. It may have been created but it sure wasn’t mastered, later albums Dre would produce like The Chonic abd Doggystyle epitomize the gangster rap style and do it much better. Weird to think the Beastie Boys came out before this, you hear it sampled a few times, it puts the album into perspective, because the beastie boys album was better, more complete song craft. Dr. Dre’s sampling really shines in some of the interludes. Easy E was annoying and not a great rapper—apparently he was a drug dealer and funded the album, most of his shit was written by others and it shows. MC Ren, Dre and Ice Cube all stand out as better. I liked a couple of the more 80’s style non-gangster songs like “Somethit Like That” and “Express Yourself.” Not a terrible album but not yet fully cooked. 2-3, C+, gets extra credit for be prescient re: Fuck the Police.

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Things I noticed: - Lots of Beastie Boys samples getting dropped in the tracks. Makes me wonder if the Beasties actually had credibility in the 80s rap scene - Ren sounds a lot like the lead guy from Jurassic 5 on "Something Like That". The guy who's not Chali Tuna. - Dre brings a surprisingly clean message on Express Yourself. A self-positive, anti-drug, pro-meditation, happy tune on a gangster rap album? What an odd duck on the tracklist - I've never understood why people clown on Dr Dre's rhymes. He seems solid. - Every track left me wishing Ice Cube would jump in with a yayeeYAYYEE, we be clubbin style. This album was fun ("If It Ain't Ruff"), I know its important, but I didn't have any interesting thoughts about it. B-

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The album that killed my love of hip hop and sent the entire genre on a shitty path for at least 10 years. Fuck this album. Express yourself was a dope track though.

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Despite this being a landmark album, I have trouble with the violent and misogynistic lyrics.

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5

FUCK POLICE!

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5

This is one of the albums I think of when I think of how present day rap was defined. I remember when I was younger we called it gangster rap but I just read something about how N.W.A. referred to it as "reality rap" instead and my adult mind agrees with that description more. This is the type of album that makes me appreciate the creativity that goes into producing a rap song. It's not my go-to genre of music but I have so much admiration for this craft.

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5

Ahh I remember going on a geography field trip to Stafford back when this dropped. I saw myself as a bit of a bad ass motherfucker - well as much as an eleven year old could be. I remember learning all of the words to Fuck Tha Police to try and impress a girl I really fancied. On a break time, me and my mate Stanley decided we would wander over and try and show off to this girl and a group of her friends by performing it in front on them. We had the baggy Jean's, the caps, the attitude, but although we wanted to, just about stopped short of blacking up. We were feeling confident and thought we had done a great job and that the girls would now desire our 11 year old white boy bodies. A short while later, our teacher pulled us to one side. The girls had obviously grassed us up for using inappropriate language and "being weird". Our parents were called and I was grounded for two weeks. Two years later I had fingered two of those girls...because I'm a bad ass motherfucker.

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5

Good album all the way through, with no filler. Its the god damn birth of G-Funk, the rise of Dre, Ice Cube, EazyE, Ren, the DOC. The birth of West Coast Hip Hop and a wide spreading of gangsta rap. The incredible songs (that still hold up) all the way through are only surpassed by the cultural significance of the album.

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5

So I won’t hand out many easier five stars than this - as brilliant, fun, dangerous, ridiculous as it ever was. Listened on a walk this morning despite putting this on quite a lot anyway and had a shit eating grin as wide as 13 year old me on Xmas day 1989 when I managed to get this past my mum for Xmas 😂 the only rap album I know every single word to. MC Ren technically the best, Ice Cubes lyrics untouchable, Dre and his production, Eazy E just being Eazy E - a game changing album for me personally and for rap music in general - hard to believe what this spawned - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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5

This may be the most important rap album ever made. You had public enemy doing militant stuff and tribe called quest and others doing rap on social issues. "zingalamaduni" comes to mind. NWA though... they captured the anger and reality of being a young black man. They really addressed all the social issues on the streets instead of in society and it resonated with so many people. Police, goldiggers, dope sellers, other rappers... NWA was out for you. Part of their genius was building their character through their songs. Eazy E especially. I am a huge fan of his character - too cool. He gives props to Dre all over though, which sucks for all their splintering later. Most of the songs hold up extremely well to time. "I ain't the one" is the only one that doesn't hold up - I know what he was going for, but... not all women man. This album has so much variety too - a song for everyone. Folks who roll hard get fuck the police, misogynists get I ain't the one, radio gets express yourself, and clubs get something to dance to. Their sampling is so good and their rhymes seem so effortless. It's really a triumph and deserves all the praise it got.

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As opening tracks go, Straight Outta Compton is a bloody good way to announce yourselves. Following it up with Fuck Tha Police, a song which is even better is terrifying. I'd be scared at this point to even try to compete with this! Gangsta Gangsta is alright too, 808 beeps and all. The quick bit of 70s soul and the Funky Worm sample give a quick hint of what Dre might be up to in a few year's time! It drops right off after this. If It Ain't Ruff and Parental Discretion are sooo dated when you look at other acts putting records out this year. And 8 Ball's 5 minutes feel like 20, in spite of the Beastie Boys samples. Like putting Kurtis Blow in a battle against Kendrick Lamar. This contrast sums up the album. When NWA have something to say, this is a five star album. When they don't, it's outdated old school hip hop except (golly gosh) they swear a lot. The bangers get fewer and further between as the album goes on. You have maybe 5 great songs on this (three all timers) and a lot of filler. NWA's reputation really did the rest. I'm glad they upset all the right people, but even so, I can't give it five stars - it does get four just for the three classics (the singles).

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I remember when Northwest Airlines came out with this album. Very controversial at the time. Very controversial now. Crazy talented line-up. I hadn't realized that they sampled the Beastie Boys at the 2:32 mark of 8 Ball

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Hadn’t listened to this in a few years. Starts off hard, first two tracks are amazing. Ice Cube’s delivery on point. I found myself getting a little burnt out after that. Hip hop sound has come so far in terms of production, quality of samples and skill of MCing. Not denying the influence of this record. I just didn’t find it exciting like I once did.

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‘Do I look like a mothafuckin' role model?‘ This is a huge landmark album, but it doesn’t really speak to me. The anger and confrontational tone of tracks like Fuck tha Police still kicks pretty hard, and the aggressive lyrics really force you into the artists’ world, but the rampant sexism is hard to ignore, because it’s everywhere. I get that they were never trying to be role-models, and that most of it is really just tongue-in-cheek posturing, but the contempt for women is pretty real, and it hasn’t aged well at all. To me, this is a really important time-capsule of an album, which I’d rather not actually listen to in 2021, but if it’s closer to your world, you’d probably feel differently

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“I got a boyfriend.’ Bitch stop lyin!” Eazy-E ruined every song he was on

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I fucking hate the police

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Racist, misogynist, violent, hateful. Great beats and delivery, but whining about how hard it is in the 'hood gets tedious. This isn't improving things is it? Just stirring up more racist hatred. Stupid beyond belief.

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Liked the music but I just couldn’t get on with the sexist lyrics.

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Not for me.

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I can’t do this

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5

It slaps.

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5

You know what, for 1988 this is pretty great stuff. Think I might like Public Enemy a little more, but the beats from Dre and Yella are all great, the flows are really great, some pretty corny bars though. Wish there were some more hooks though

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5

Still slaps.

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5

Love it. A lot of the beats sound similar but the lyrics are amazing.

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5

BEST ALBUM YET

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5

Tricky tricky tricky. tails off at the end. 4 stars. but the start is ace, changed music etc etc. 5 stars. Express yourself get it the 5

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5

Aside from the misogyny, this album is just about perfect

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5

Instructive and an important album.

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5

Adorei, deveria ter ouvido antes.

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5

10/10

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5

One of the greatest ever

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5

Q. What does Shack eat for lunch? A. Lamb Chops!

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5

You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge...

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5

CLASSIC

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5

I thought I'd listened to this end-to-end before but didn't remember some of the later tracks. Still powerful and (sadly) relevant, and drives home how Ice Cube is an all-time great who gets lost in the Biggie/Tupac conversations.

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5

A game changer in the music history. But not quite my thing

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5

Hard to think how this wouldbt be a 5 just cos it's so damn influential to all the artists I love. Surprised if I rate this less than a 5. Yeh 5.

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5

Straight heard this years ago

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5

Good start

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5

Now this is rap music,loved it. I did listen to tone loc in the day but wished I got this album instead. Today’s rap (2021) is nowhere near this….bring back NWA

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5

The OG rap album

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5

Amazing Album

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5

Finally a hip hop album! Classic album that sprung out a slew of some of the greatest hip hop albums ever released. A must listen to anyone who cares about the genre.

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5

I really thought the lyrics were outstanding.

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5

One of the greatest collabs ever

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5

amazing album, tackles issues that are still around 33 years later, every single member delivers a powerful performance

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5

Exceptional album. In the context of its time, this was a very shocking, hardcore statement. One of the most essential hip hop records.

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5

wow. Some of the content may be misogynistic, but it is fresh, lively, musical...

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5

Just an excellent album that's hard hitting and peak west coast rap of the era. Obviously there's a bunch of known songs but "Ain't it Ruff" is very underrated. 10/10.

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5

One of the best album

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5

The most honorable mediator of hip hop when it turned from experimental genre in the 80s into an angry political powerhouse! Love the album to the bones and every single legend that is featured on it

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* Great

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5

Classic

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5

Straight banger of an album 🔥🔥🔥

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I first heard Straight Outta Compton when I was 16 and it did what it needed to do. Shining a light on the situation in South Central Los Angeles and introducing a bold new genre of music. I actually feel that this could be edited down to an EP's worth of really strong tracks - some of the songs later in the album feel like filler. But this was the 80s/90s, a time when album sales were key and "thank u for all ur money". The title track alone is worth the price.

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5

Great stuff. I can see how this is a classic of the genre. Not normally a big rap fan but these guys stand out.

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5

A wonderful album. I have heard it many times before and I will listen to it again. The songs are great and fun. This album changed hip-hop/rap completely.

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5. 2 weak tracks but seminal, raw as fuck, and just a fuckin blast

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5

Gangsta rap never sounded as good or as thrilling as this. Angry in all the right ways and with crate digging samples used, this is the perfect album to get people riled up on any side of the political spectrum. Still sounds fresh today as it did when it came out. Unfortunately the topics rapped about here are still as fresh as those wounds that first appeared - this seems to be a running problem. People are dicks. Best Tracks: Straight Outta Compton; Fuck Tha Police; Express Yourself

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5

Classic

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5

Re-listen. I actually like earliest forms of rap.

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5

Brutal!

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5

7th April 2022 Listened throughout the day while in the office. Went out to ping pong then drinks after with work people. One of the greatest came straight outta Compton.

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5

Iconic. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, how can you go wrong?

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5

The lyrics are provocative, the beats are tight. And I don't just think that because I'm white. The message is evocative and the samples iconic. This shit hits harder than the dankest chronic. The world wasn't ready when album was dropped. The sensible conservative hearts all stopped. The FBI sent them a cease and desist, and when they asked for security, no cops would assist. Their use of hyperbole to make a point, glides through this album like a smooth joint. And so they became the beats that they dropped, and etched their names as gods of hip-hop. This album is definitely one for the shelf, so I'm gonna quit making a fool of myself. Beyond that, I've got nothing else to say say. Except, in closing, they live up to the name, NWA. Tracks I enjoyed: 8 ball, I Ain't tha 1 and of course Fuck Tha Police

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5

Awesome hip-hop album. I really enjoy the sampling throughout this one, reminds me of Paul's Boutique in that sense. Stellar production. The lyrics remain incredibly relevant today, and they serve as exceptional political commentary. These guys are the literal OGs and it is well-deserved. Paved the way for an entirely new, experimental, and controversial style of music. Fave tracks: Fuck Tha Police, If It Ain't Ruff, Express Yourself

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5

Who am I to give less than 5 stars to this?

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5

Amazing album. Just the funk and soul combined with the raw power. Perfecto!

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5

A lot of anger and pain went into making this. Lived, real, and if neither, the art is greater for their ability to convey the imagined. While I felt shouted at for the entirety of the album, I endured, and I have more compassion for people of color because of it. Great art changes you, even if -- and often because -- it makes you uncomfortable.

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5

Just the vibe from this album is already 5 stars... I'm sitting at my desk all bored out of my mind... halfway through the album I'm pumped up talking to myself "Yeah, fuck da police, pussy ass nigga"

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5

An album that launched a genre. And every track is outstanding without that context. Easy rating here.

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5

Certified classic. It’s the pioneer of the gangster rap genre and brought in many different artists into the rap game. I never actually listen to the whole album because I never cared for 80s rap but I liked this more than I thought. It does show its age with the beats but they’re still great songs. I liked every track. My favorites being straight outta Compton, fuck the police, if it ain’t ruff, something like that, Compton’s N the house remix, dopeman remix

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Good album.

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5

An absolute classic hip-hop album from NWA. Straight Outta Compton moved straight into the hearts of millions, even through all the controversy. In particular, after 6 months of playing Fuck Tha Police, Australia's youth radio station Triple J were censored from playing it, and subsequently staged a protest. The entire station went on strike and Express Yourself was put on repeat for 24 hours (350 times) instead of regular programming. The entre album is full of energy and angst, that allows everyone living outside their way of life to begin to understand and appreciate. Best: Fuck Tha Police; Express Yourself Worst: If It Ain't Ruff

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5

Catchy, gritty and way ahead of its time.

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Test

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4

Good stuff. I've seen this album around and never got around to listening to it. I enjoyed this, I would pick it up if I saw it at a record store.

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4

Lively and in your face, classic record. Standout Tracks: Parental Discretion Iz Advised, Compton’s N The House (Remix), Quiet On Tha Set, Something 2 Dance 2

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4

Highly poetically technical lyrics over a funky, detailed, masterfully produced session. Didn't love the misogyny and homophobia, which the record failed to say anything interesting with/about. Fave tracks: Straight Outa Compton, Fuck Tha Police, Gangsta Gangsta, Parental Discretion Iz Advised, Something 2 Dance 2 Least Favorite Track: Dopeman

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4

Ooh, I like these beats! Nice to also hear the entirety of this album instead of just the hits. This kept me going at the end of my work shift.

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4

Historisk hiphop album, gangster, racekultur, sampling,

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4

A powerful and important album but maybe a few too many swears for me. Production was funkier than I remember. Not a fan of Easy-E’s voice but Dre and Ice Cube are dope.

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4

The good tracks here are so goddamn good and frequent that they offset the repetitive or dated songs heavily.

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4

Another classic hip hop album. Ice cube, Dr. Dre, Easy-E, Mc Ren. Only knew the title track and "Fuck Tha Police", but also other good tracks including "Express Yourself".

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4

You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge...

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4

FTP. ACAB. HOOD.

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4

Wish I knew this at the time

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4

Urgent, provocative, menacing, violent, confrontational, funky. Of its time, but just shows how good old time rap was. Sparse production, basically 808 drums, samples and voice, but beats and rhythms to die for.

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4

From the Amen Break that kicks off the record, this is a tour de force. Been a while since I heard it, and there are so many more recognizable samples than I remember. Even sampling Public Enemy from the previous year. You can definitely hear how rap started out sing-songy but by the time we get to Jay-Z and Eminem, flow becomes more central than working the rhythm of the song. Obviously the problematic issues of misogyny, language and homophobia cannot be avoided. I wonder how this album will play in, say, 2030. You can hear Dre's whole career here in his samples and beats, which is interesting. Raw but definitely his style was formed. Shave a couple of filler tracks off its 60-minute CD bloat and it's a 5.

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4

A Classic. Changed the landscape of music and inspired my more favoured hip hop albums. Really good album, I just don't get as much out of it as my top hip hop albums so just misses out on 5*

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4

Great album, doesn't hit me quite like it used to though.

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4

Another classic. Some monstrous outlaw and ruthless hip hop collected paving the way for folks to come. From contemporary perspective lyrics here are pretty discouraging demonstrating complete escapism and will of freedom mixed with will to domination. However it doesn't exclude splendid production and killing flows esp Ice Cube's. track picks- Fuck the police, S/T, Gangsta Gangsta, Express yourself, if i ain't ruff, dopeman

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4

Heard the album for the first time when I was 10 and loved listening to it again at 34

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4

shit fuego also social commentary is nice

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4

Hot fire.

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4

Original but the simplistic flows don't stand the test of time without nostalgia

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4

Gangster rap gone mainstream, and much of it still lands despite being something of a bridge between heritage acts of the late 70’s and Biggie, Tupac, etc... of the 90’s. I could do without the misogyny.

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4

damn, son.

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4

Certainly straight outta compton and f* the police are all time classics. the rest of the album doesn't quite age as well... lots of horns, percussion, record scratching that reminds me of Run DMC. I'm not the 1 is awesome too, though predictably non-PC, like the whole album.

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4

there is so much history and culture surrounding this album, it's hard to ignore it's place in music history. i mean, this caused fear, anger, hope, and a dialogue about systematic abuse and inequality in the black communities. this became a damn near rallying cry and scared the fuck out of the people this was for. the lyrics are poignant, music very well composed. and i know i may be off on my comments, but this album inspired a whole generation and multiple genres of music, which is fucking hard to ignore.

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4

This is a real tough one to only give a 4 to. It is without a doubt one of the most important rap albums of all time and essential listening for anybody who cares to understand the golden age of rap. The best tracks on the album (the title track, "Fuck tha Police", "Express Yourself") sound as good today as they ever could have. But I can't give a 5 to an album this packed with forgettable filler. The tracks that you don't remember on this album? There's a reason why you don't remember them. They are just not good or enjoyable to listen to. Outside of the big tracks, there is very little here to listen to today.

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Schöner alte Schule

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3.5?

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From angry white punks of The Fall to the other extreme, angry black gangstas from the 'hood. Again, if we could rate half stars I'd give this a 3.5 but given that this is the OG Grandaddy of gangsta rap I'll round it up to 4

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4

It’s really good except for the misogyny

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4

Nice Lyrics. Powerful style. Not my cup of tea but still

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4

Classic album from a supergroup

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Ah, das West-Coast-Pendant zu Public Enemy. Hätte man denken können, so vom Sound-Design der Single her. Ist natürlich falsch, weil: da politisch radikale Consciousness-Typen mit Militär-Fetisch aus Brooklyn und Qeens, hier hedonistische Gangsta-Typen aus Compton, natürlich mit Guns. Und auch der Sound bleibt nach dem starken Einstieg mit Straight Outta Compton so gar nicht beim Bomb-Squad-Design von PE, sondern hier zeigt der junge Dre mal, wo er eigentlich hin will. Und da klingen die Raps dann klar nach 80ern (man nehme nur mal den Freestyle-Style in Compton's N The House oder, da klingt es wirklich dated, I Ain't Tha 1) und pumpen die Beats schon Dres reduziert bis sonnigen, aber immer superbassstarken Dicke-Boxen-Funk. Für Deutschrapfans von heute ist das vermutlich gar nichts, für nen alten Mann aber immer noch eines der stärksten HipHop-Alben die wir hier bisher hatten, und sei es nur als Zeitdokument.

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4

Great album. Only 2 years after Run DMC but has aged much better I think

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4

Great album

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4

Probablemente el mejor disco de su género

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4

Liked it a lot even though i am not a big fan of rap.

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4

Kovaa räpäytystä ameriikan maalta. Siellä heiluu aseet ja elimet. Oman osansa tykityksestä saa sekä poliisit että bitchit.

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4

Wow! Brings back the college days! Right up there with Public Enemy.

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Ennakolta arvosana luokkaa 6/5 ja edellisestä kuuntelukerrasta iäisyys. Nyt tuntuu puuduttavalta. Onko tämä spotifyn soittolistojen tulosta, että 76min gängstää on liikaa. Tai no sama tyylistä riippumatta kun näitä on kuunnellut. Musiikkilaji uppoaa, mutta onhan gangsa rap alalajina jossain määrin menneisyyden tuote .

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4

Laden with the N word and tales from the hood, you can see how this album became the inspiration for bands like Coldplay and Glasvegas. NWA walked so Elbow could fly. . I could have said 'so Doves could fly', which would be better, but I don't mind Doves and Elbow can go suck a dick.

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4

Better than i expected, specially since it's really not my type of music.

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Tää on best ja kova! kyllä vierähti lautasella vaikka ekaa kertaa taisin kuunnella. Jääpalakin joskus osannut räpäytellä!

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4

Fucking classic. A bit too long but absolutely essential.

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4

OG gangster rap album. Definitely an important album, maybe drags on a tad long.

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4

Far better than expected!

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4

4.5/5 amazing album, amazing movie.

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4

Not perfect, there's some filler but still an amazing album. I could feel the California sun on my face at times, Fuck da Police!

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4

An explosive, breathtaking and game changing album. The opening title track is as good as it gets but the album suffers from the weight of expectation created by those early tracks. It’s a lengthy record and each track seems a little worse than the one before it and by about the halfway more the songs are starting to feel a little bit tired, as if they have run out of ideas or things to say. For that reason it doesn’t get full marks for me, but still an incredible album that out gangsta rap on the map.

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4

Changed the rap game

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This iconic album started the golden age of hip-hop and blasted the genre to the mainstream. Even if you put aside the album's popularity, the songs are just so damn good too!

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4

Good and nostalgic. Old school. Not a great work album.

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The album was released in 1988 and I recall very distinctly the outrage it generated amongst the white man. To quote Dr. Kane in "Evolution", "He's a very sensitive man, the white man. He doesn't like to be yelled at." The track "Fuck Tha Police" caused an especially focused amount of anger and anxiety in the white man. The racism came hard and fast in their critiques of that one. Anyway, I bought the album and to demonstrate how white privilege works, the lyrics spelled out very clearly the mistreatment of black people at the hands of authorities and the general plight of black people in society. Me and my white friends clearly *heard* this, but we clearly did not *get* this. As I matured and experienced more of the world I finally got it and understood the entire album through a much different lens. A distressing number of my friends still don't get it or understand it to this day. In fact, rather than continuing to enjoy the album as they did when they were young, they have turned their noses up at it. I can only imagine this is because to listen to it forces them to confront some hard truths about the world and themselves that they are clearly not comfortable facing. Anyway, it is a great album through and through and I am happy it was my recommended album for today. It is absolutely worth a listen if you have never heard it. It is especially recommended if you have only ever heard "Fuck Tha Police".

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Classic album from start to finish

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7/05/2021 I heard about this album for the first time from Chetan Harithas. We were discussing RATM and their Fuck the police, when Chetan told me about the song of the same name by NWA. Of course we ended up listening to it on our way back from the Bodhi room that night, and I loved the song. The album is quite interesting. I can see how it was considered one of the most influential albums of its time. Looking at the current scenario, the music is still very relevant.

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Each track is awesome but extremely repetitive. We get it. You're mad. Still great.

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Bumpin

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It's a classic. Some great samples. I love Ice Cube. Of course the lyrics are pretty vulgar and juvenile (and occasionally racist, sexist etc), but I can almost rationalize that in a punk rock kind of way. I will say, it's pretty uneven. Some all-time great stuff but also some that just feels a bit like filler. I think I remember it as better than it actually is.

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Old school rap Catchy Heard of the second song before Reminds me of beastie boys

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// Favs: Straight Outta Compton / Fuck Tha Police / It Ain't Ruff Score: Decent to Strong 4

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Not much to be said… fucking solid

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This album is angry and fun

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Classic. Iconic. UPDATE: Love the outro jam for "Parental Discretion Iz Advised."

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Ehh, good but not my cup of tea anymore

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really fun album old school hip hop is fun to listen to every now and then and it was nice to listen to this classic I give it an 8/10

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Some funny shit in here. A few of the songs sound pretty similar and Eazy-E says pretty much the same thing in every song

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Party akin to Gremlins 2. Made me understand a ton of bad white rap too!

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BRA SKIT

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Classic

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This album is important but there are some duds

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Urgent, Thrilling, so of its time, esp. some of the misogynistic lyrics

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3.5

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Definitely front loaded, but what an opening!

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Opening track, Straight Outta Compton is iconic. Fuck the Police--not what I remember it being. Seemed so 'hard' at the time, and the cursing and n'word is--but it has a lot more storytelling and interesting mixing in the background. The rest of the album doesn't have any great hooks. Forgot the lack of traditional song form (choruses, bridges, etc). I'd definitely not listen to it today--but it's a Hall of Fame record for its historical impact. 4 stars for its place in history.

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Some of the content has dated, some really hasn't, but you can't fault the delivery.

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Καλύτερο απ´ όσο περίμενα. Εντυπωσιακό ότι το ραπ είναι καθαρό και καταλαβαίνεις τι λένε.

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Classique album de rap. Je connaissais deja beaucoup de chanson mais d’autres metaient inconnues. J’aime le style depus longtemps. 4.25

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So much raw energy. This being 1988 is incredible. 4/5

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Classic

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Raw and angry.

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Dels primers grans clàssics del hip hop, és un dels pocs que realment m'ho sembla, juntament amb algun de Run DMC. Molt per sobre en tots els sentits dels clàssics de la costa Est, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E i companyia excel.leixen a l'hora de crear una hora de la millor mala baba, violència verbal amb intel.ligència, en uns temes que, a diferència dels de Public Enemy, t'atrapen amb els seus samples, recitats i bases de primer nivell. Com la gran majoria de discos del génere, és massa llarg i no tot el minutatge eatà a la mateixa alçada, però és impressionant la gran quantitat que sí ho està

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Classic, essential, a little dated and clunky, but still very fun. 4/5

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nice

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If you told me Dr Dre, Ice Cube, and Easy E were in a band, id think 5 stars. That being said, it rocks but im not sure how much replay id give it. Im a tough critic, 3 or 4 … out of the rest ive graded thus far, i didnt need to skip many, maybe one, so 4

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Yea, it's pretty darn good isn't it? Keeps good energy going, big hits spaced throughout. A classic!

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not a fan of the lyrics. ground breaking beats and flows though.

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Normally I'm not a big hip hop fan, but i knew some of these tracks and could listen to them again.

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8/10

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That crazy MF named Ice Cube...

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Very cross people made this record. Some iconic bangers here. Breathtaking

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My brother gave me this CD to listen to during a family road trip. Blew my fucking mind, and tasted like the sweetest of forbidden fruits. A classic. -1 star just because the sexism is a bit grating in this day and age for my personal taste.

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I remember when this album was in the spotlight in the late 80s. I was aware of it but had not actively listened to it. It's fantastic. My ears are drawn in by so much, and the layers here are really cool. A lot of R&B and funk sampling here, more textural blending with the vocals than one might expect, and the lyrics are compelling. When I think about the years during which this was recorded and released...wow, that was nearly 35 years ago. Wild how relevant the lyrics still are.

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Classics throughout 4.3/5

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As a hip hop fan had never listened to this whole thing. Amazed at how relevant and influential it all was MC ren and easy-E could easily have been as big as Ice Cube if things had been different. 4.4 could easily could have been 5

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Always enjoyed this, love those old school rap samples and beats. It's a shame no one's really doing that any more. I'd give it the full 5 but let's be honest, Eazy-E wasn't that good. 4/5.

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What a classic. Great rapping, beats. The themes haven't aged well but it's still fun to listen

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2/6

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Legendarisk album, men lidt langt og ikke helt så musikalsk som jeg kan lide dem. Men vigtigt

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Another classic. Ice cube knew what he was doing.

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90's Brooklyn

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I think I've heard every song on this album prior to this, but I'd never listened to it as an album. One of the things that stood out to me is that Dre's production style, which would emerge fully-formed when he started putting out solo records fro Death Row, is not well-developed here. It sounds more like an 808 with a bunch of samples layered over it. I think it's interesting because the addition of those samples makes this sound much less dated than Run DMC's work in the mid 80s. The approach to rapping is much more full formed with this album, which I think accounts for a lot of its appeal. This album delivers lyrically, and all of the participants appear to be at the top of their game here, though several of the artists achieved greater heights as solo artists. A deserved classic that has aged really well, perhaps because the misogyny that would be so pervasive in later gangsta rap albums is much less prominent here 4/5

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Thought it was an easy 5 coming in, but some of the deeper cuts didn't age well at all. Still has some all-time bangers, though. Best track: Fuck tha Police

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Already finished. Solid album. Nothing crazy. 7/10

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Kyl nää länsirannan klassikot vaan toimii musapuolen osalta. Ei häviä tuotanto yhtään nykyräbälle. Tekstit sitten taas lähinnä kuraa, vaikka osan pystyy ymmärtämään yhteiskunnallisesta näkökulmasta. Mut vissiin tän levyn takia kaikki toksisuus ylipäätään yleisty räbässä. Onneks tälleen aktiviteetin taustamusana pystyy aika hyvin filtteroimään mitä haluaa sisäistää. Ja silloin toimii yhtä lailla kuin se Dren Chronic. Ehkä tää on väärin antaa lyriikat anteeksi, mut annetaan nyt niukka 4/5.

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80s Sound. I can see its significance at that time. Today, from a european perspective, it is so out of date with all its hate, swearing and stereotypical black/white gangsta crap. Nevertheless a nice retro listening

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LP

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Extremely influential album. I think I am able to separate my enjoyment of the style from the content. It felt very performative at times, almost like a skit. Not sure if that was the intent but it seems like it especially when you learn about Dr. Dre's past (see World Class Wreckin' Cru) but good on them for being the leading edge of a genre. I think most of the music it spawned was garbage but this one was pretty good as long as you didn't take it too seriously. 3 stars for enjoyment, but add a star for influence.

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One of the origin albums of "gangsta rap". (7/10) FT: Straight Outta Compton, Fuck The Police

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This album was influential to the point where it was preserved by the Library of Congress which is ironic considering its anti-establishment message. First of all, much of the messaging here has aged poorly. The misogyny, homophobia, and toxic masculinity are not necessary to the central message of this album and take away from in in retrospect. Some of these beats are incredible while others feel stuck in the 80s. I enjoyed the use of samples some of which are some of the best sample work I’ve ever heard. This album feels like it’s in between styles and on the cusp of developing a more complex flow pattern while still having a foot firmly in straight 80s style delivery. Caveats aside, this album is one of hops hop’s statement records and with good reason. Here we see the emergence of g-funk and gangsta rap.

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Amazing flow, smooth rhymes. Beats are dated, but still sound great. One of a kind.

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Прикольный альбом. Чёрный рэп, класс :)

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Serious OG energy. Not my favorite style of music but this is good.

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4, classics

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4.25

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Legendaarinen ja aikakauteensa tempaava

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Tiukkaa shittiä

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Already knew the title track and Express Yourself but was still surprised at how good the album is - no annoying skits, just a lot of good rapping over a range of fantastic samples. Can see why this is so highly rated.

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fuck da poilice

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Great fun, this one - some of the best sampling and mixing in any of the rap albums we've had - the lyrics are droll, delivered with bags of energy.

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repiola

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"If ya fuck wit me I'll put a foot in ya ass" - words to live by.

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Amazing and powerful - avante garde on a racial issues level - prehistoric on a gender level - beats groove to a tee - every tracks feels like the genesis of another sub genre of hip hop. It’s a seminal record tarnished by it’s toxic masculinity and - well to a degree the glorification of violence - And well yeah it’s a product of its environment and time but it doesn’t get exempt from the lens of the future. They could have easily done away with ‘A bitch is a bitch’ and still had the one of the most ripping hip hop record of all time. It would have gotten my 5 stars had it been a little more … enlightened on certain aspects.

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- Good beat and Energy - Bad Language - Parental Discretion Underrated - Least Favorite: 8 Ball - Good first 5 kind of went downhill from there still a good album though, surprised kind of

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Tenho que ouvir melhor. Produção muito interessante

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Alguns clássicos do rap anos 90, não é muito meu estillo, mas foi um disco importante no push do estilo.

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Not iconic for me.

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80s hip hop is funny. Half the time they were just rapping about a story where they did things. I feel like this is not as good as Licensed to Ill, and seems a little like it’s a response to that record just not as good. Shock value lyrics but not a lot else. Express Yourself remains a classic and Fuck Tha Police still bangs

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Singles are good. Lots of filler

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Historical and pretty legit

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Undeniable influence. After first two tracks though it just kinda drags.

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very clear diction, but it is rap through and through and I prefer melodies

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1988, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, hardcore hip hop, geht

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Solid and classic album through and through. Dre makes some timeless beats and while the subject matter in some songs are fairly surface level it's still an enjoyable listen

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man, Fuck the Police goes on a loooooot longer than I remember

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Good album. Lyrics are extremely misogynistic.

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I listened to this while cooking yesterday, then shouted up to Sue "come down and get yer mothafuckin’ lunch". When this was released, a lot of people, me included, didn’t like the lyrics which glorified violence. I saw the movie 5 years ago and got a better understanding of where they were coming from. DJ Dre is good & the first three songs are strong but it gets redundant fast. Overall sound and attitude reminds me of Public Enemy.

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Pari biisiä levyltä oli entuudestaan tuttuja, Nimibiisi on tietysti klassikko ja Fuck Tha Policea on tullut vuosituhannen vaihteen tienoilla kuunneltua moneen kertaan Rage Against The Machinen esittämänä coverina. Muutenkin tasaisen vahvaa menoa West coastilta koko levyn ajan.

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Itelle nää yleensä uppoaa vaan pieninä annoksina. Meinasin pyöristää 2,5:n alaspäin, mutta jäin sitten kuitenkin kuuntelemaan. Ehkä 2,5 pyöristyy nyt kolmeen.

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a bona fide classic, but it has some rust around the edges. some classic lines but nothing _really_ caught my eye here

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I've outgrown this.

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what is the obsession with rap artists talking about how big their dick is? sounds alright but its just not aimed at me. i have no frame of reference for what they're so annoyed about so it just doesn't really hit home like i imagine its supposed to and this album is clearly more about the message than it is the tunes. i'm think Normans With Aggrievances would probably hit me harder.

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Starts off very angry and aggressive, but with cool beats. The music is fun (notably express yourself) but the subjects become irritating. I see why it is influencial and "classic", but not really my thing. 2.8 out of 5. Just not for me.

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3.5

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Not my style, but I was more entertained than I expected to be.

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Starts really strong and holds my interest. Tracks 12 and 13 could have been left off this album. I like this better listening today than I did waaaaay back when I first heard it.

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It's interesting how much they talk about each person's role in making their songs. So many references to Dr. Dre making the beats and Ice Cube doing the lyrics. I generally find it difficult to latch onto lyrics, since I'm mostly paying attention to technical aspects of the arrangement, so it's not easy for me to get to into something so oriented around dynamic vocal performances. But the beats were pretty interesting - lots of interesting sampling and arrangement choices. Was there a Steve Miller Band sample?

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The lyrics are a bit much, but some of the instrumentals are good. I prefer public enemy

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As hugely influential as this album was, I have a hard time enjoying it all the way through. Dre’s beats are stellar but cube and rens raps sometimes feel trapped in that 80s style. The hits are great but the second half of the album has me wanting more. 7.4/10

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Pretty great, especially given the time it was created in. It really laid a lot of the groundwork for gangster rap. That being said, it's unlikely that I would want to listen to it again in its entirety. I found myself zoning out a lot.

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Nostalgic.

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starts off really strong but gets kinda boring towards the end 3.5

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Express Yourself is a stand-out track. Otherwise stilll lots of fun, doesn't ssem to take itself remotely seriously.

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starts strong with some iconic tracks, doesn't get lazy in the back half, stays strong the whole way through. Probably helps each track is led by 1 to 2 different MC's Express yourself is a great Dr. Dre track Does suffer what most hispanic music suffers from: It's essentially the same beat the whole way through with the same tempo, not much switching in between tracks If it wasn't for nostalgia, I probably wouldn't listen to this again though

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Weer rap. Ik hoor er weinig verschil in.

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The album starts out strong. The first two tracks have kick-you-in-the-mouth directness that is startling and invigorating. But then the sameness of the beats and the themes and the rhymes starts to wear on me. That monotony is broken up by a couple tracks where the mixes are more varied, more funky; Express Yourself thanks to the sample of the classic track from Charles Wright is one example. As well as my favorite track; Parental Discretion Iz Advised. I appreciate that this is a breakthrough album from the genre and it has some fine moments for me, but the rentlessness keeps me at arms length. 3.5 stars

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Musically great and when being political, but the braggadocio gets a bit tedious. I'm not impressed or interested in your attitudes towards women. To be honest, it sounds like a bunch of teenage virgin boys.

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Express Yourself is one of the best tunes ever

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Pretty damn influencial, still relevant. Definitely some sexism/homophobia here, obviously that did not age well. I think in terms of legacy and influence it is a straight 5, but in terms of my personal enjoyment it's a 3. Instrumentally and flow its great, but I can't get down with all the lyrics.

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Definitely more of a fan of Public Enemy for my gritty hip hop realism in terms of both lyrics and beats. Not to mention consistency of sound and message. Having "8 Ball" a couple tracks away from something like "Express Yourself" makes it seems like they're throwing everything against the wall and just seeing what sticks. But man this album was absolutely contagious even despite limited radio and MTV play. They certainly tapped into the zeitgeist and pushed the envelope content wise further than anyone had done before. This may well be the most influential hip hop album of all time. Still hearing it's influence today. Favorite track is "If It Ain't Ruff" for the stereo panning bass. Also surprised by (and kinda like) the album's last minute electro conclusion "Something 2 Dance 2."

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Good stuff, real classics. Did get long, didn't need the bonus tracks.

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Sounds incredible - a lot of energy, but now I find the 'Bitch is a Bitch' type lyrics jarring - kicking down?

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The triple threat opening of Straight Outta Compton, Fuck Tha Police and Gangsta Gangsta is what the albums reputation is built off, and for this alone the record is undeniably important. But clocking in at one hour, the album is too long and the last third especially sags. There are also at least 3 tracks I would cut to make the whole thing tighter.

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Groundbreaking album that changed hip-hop/rap. Some of it is very dated and doesn't sound like it belongs on what you would imagine 'gangsta rap' is today, but I remember how shattering this whole thing was. 3.5/5

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Jag läste en recension om albumet där det stod något intressant. För att perfektionera albumet borde de kortat ner albumet till de första två låtarna. Speciellt för att vara hip hop är dessa låtar väldigt välgjorda. Det är näst intill sorgligt att det inte var en EP. Övriga låtarna var extremt ointressanta. Kombinationen av mediokerivitet och ett album som aldrig slutar harmoniserar sig inte väl. För övrigt har albumet liknande problem till hip hop men inte lika mycket som tidigare. Trots att jag inte lyssnade så noggrant på texten kunde jag ändå identifiera vissa låttexter som inte reffererade till det meningslösa som det vanligtvis handlar om.

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Gamla skóla sleggja, gott inn í mánudaginn

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Gut, aber nicht meins.

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Misogynistic, homophobic, but funky, so...

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6/13=46%

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Sounds as fresh today as it did then. But too many bitches to make it palatable

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Interesante! No tenía ni idea que Dr Dre y Ice Cube salieron de aquí, ni que la película era de este grupo y álbum

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3/5

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Love the diversity of the samples, the bravura of the production. I think the way it pushed things forwards just about overcomes the nasty, dated lyrics.

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Better than Eminem.

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I was expecting more from this, coming in knowing the main hits. I think the (especially now, outdated) sexism, homophobia etc let it down. Some of the rhymes and lines were also amusingly bad (I don't give a hoot!). I did still enjoy the beats, and my top pick is the title track.

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Classic rap album.

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A hip-hop album that prefers to lay back in the groove with some more narrative bars. Wish there was a bit more variation in tempo and beats on this one, things seemed to run together after a bit.

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Для того времени - норм альбом. Сейчас же такое не интересно слушать. 5/10

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how interesting "fuck tha police" was never a single! it seems like such a standout. i mean, the opening to the song, that first verse, setting it up with NWA presiding over a court? i love it. plenty of other songs on the album mentioned police brutality as well, and i appreciate how much of their lives and experiences informed their many (many!) lyrics. of course, plenty of songs also mention misogyny, which i'm not exactly wild about. but hey, something 2 dance 2 is indeed fun to dance to! the beastie boys' songs sampled in 8 ball? fantastic.

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Não gosto de hiphop, mas esse é raiz e tem músicas muito interessantes.

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Some of the things in this album... don't age well. A lot of misogyny, homophobia, etc. Not great, but that's what you get most of the time with gangster rap. But, that being said, this album is an important piece of music history, and a lot of the other themes that run rampant through the album are still important today. If you can get past the problematic parts, the album really has an important message. Unfortunately, I just got tired listening to it after a while.

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I understand the importance of this album but it is really not aging well.

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Sympathique mais pas forcément mon style de rap. Ceci dit en écoutant les paroles je comprend aussi pourquoi il a son importance.

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Szok i niedowierzanie, predator tak szybko zostal zdeklasowany w kategorii najbardziej murzynsko gangsterskiego materialu listy, bo takim wlasnie albumem jest Straight Outta Compton, od murzynow z humorkiem w sklad ktorego wchodzili rapujacy Eazy-E, MC Ren, no i pan Ice Cube, a za beaty odpowiadali Arabian Prince, DJ Yella i Dr. Dre, ktory mial tez swoje zwrotki na pieciu trakach, ksywki w wiekszosci dobrze znane wsrod zjadaczy murzynskiego chleba, bo N.W.A zrobilo im kariery i o ile nie umarlo sie im, jak ojcu zalozycielowi iziemu, to raczej dobrze pieniadze robili na czarnej muzyce, jest to plyta z 88, wiec rymowanie miejscami brzmi wrecz komicznie, zwlaszcza biorac pod uwage kontent liryczny zycia gangsterskiego, smiesznych ksywek, policji ktora ciagle dokucza, lachociagach, ulicznym uzbrojeniu, to jesli 30 lat temu moglo to brzmiec hardkorowo, tak dzisiaj brzmi troche honk honkowo, zwlaszcza u slabych ogniiw tego krazka, ktorymi z pewnoscia byl dre i pan kostka, dla ktorego predator to zdecydowanie skok cywilizacyjny, jesli chodzi o skladanie zwrotek, a z tymi zwrotkami to nigdy nie wiadomo, jak przeciez takie klasyki z dyskografii pana dre, jak nadal dre sa autorstwa ghost writera w postaci jaya Z, bo dre zawsze bardziej robil robote na beatach niz na majku, ktore ratuja krazek, od jednego z najlepszych openingow mainstreamowego gangsta rapu na tytulowym soc, przez fuck the police po express yourself, plyta ma rowno godzine i czuc ze niektore traki sa mocno wymeczone, bo jak dla mnie rownie dobrze moglaby sie skonczyc na expressie, ale jednak klasyka gatunku, ktora zrobila wiele dobrego dla rapowej gry, z plejkowych pickow to dodalbym te trzy piosenki ktore wymienilem wczesniej, ale pewnie juz sa gdzies w odmentach plejki, o ile spotifaj ich gdzies nie zawieruszychl, bo ostatnio sporo zarowno klasykow jak i nowosci mieni sie odcieniami szarosci

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solid shit

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Альбом на любителя

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2.5/5 Such an important album in the history of rap and hiphop. Not really my style, but I can enjoy some songs for time to time. Favourite songs: - Fuck tha police - Gangsta Gangsta

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Hmm, hankala antaa arvosanaa. Toisaalta on ihan äärimmäinen levy kovasta menosta ja siistit beatit, toisinaan melkein parodian puolelle lipsuvaa tilitystä, varsinkin naisista. Levy 100% ansaitsee paikkansa listalla, mut ei ehkä mulle tee ihan kauheesti. 3/5.

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Gangstarapin alkujuuri. Aika uhoomista! Eihän tää musiikillisesti niin kauheen ihmeellinen oo vaikka onkin ihan tiukkaa samplaamista. Tässä taas kulttuurihistoriallisesti aika käänteentekevä julkaisu. Kyl mä siis soundistakin diggaan, mutta meininki edellä tätä täytyy kuunnella ja suhteuttaa aikaan jolloin tää tuli. Tosin nää homofobiset, matcholyriikat ei kyl kauheen paljon vanhetessaan parane. 3/5

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Los singles destacan sobre las demás canciones. Interesante en una primera escucha, pero de allí probablemente solo escuche las dos primeras canciones.

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fuck the police

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Better than I remembered but I couldn’t play it in the house.

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It's provocative, no doubt about that.

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Classic NWA.

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Legendary.

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Les beats sont fantastiques. Straight Outta Compton et Fuck the police sont des classiques. Je préfère le hip hop des Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest ou Public Enemy, mais cet album de « reality rap » a sa place sur cette liste.

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good

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listenable, fun at time. 3.5/5

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acab mais par contre abrégez

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Je leur dirais pas en face mais j'ai trouvé trop long

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Lives up to its fierce reputation at times but often feels dated. Proto G-funk production lacks the creativity and polish of later landmarks such as The Chronic. Flows have an antiquated sing-song quality that reads as very 80s, but it is interesting to see points in which more modern meters and rhyme schemes emerge. At its best, sheer attitude and group chemistry propels the most iconic tracks. Interesting as a transitional document between the early days of rap and its emergence as a mainstream cultural force in the 90s. Would probably not listen to the whole album again.

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Here's the benefit of always being the last one to get his review in: I can just say, "I agree with all of you." Very true in this case, though I didn't find Easy-E as much of a distraction as Craig did. Some good tunes up front and whole lot of filler to round out the back.

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Am I being unfair to assert that Straight Outta Compton comes in like a lion but out like a lamb? I certainly feel like it's front loaded - the title track, 'Fuck the Police' and 'Gangsta Gangsta' are the hottest three joints on the platter. Still, even if the craft isn't quite there on the rest of the material, it coasts by on aggression and charisma - mostly. There are a couple of missteps - 'Compton's N The House' is an embarrassment - but for the most part the only deficiencies are a fairly unwavering rhythmic approach and, alas, Eazy-E's verses. It's also hard to deny how unpleasant some of the sexist and homophobic takes sound in 2022, but if I'm honest, Ice Cube's excoriating 'I Ain't Tha 1' can still raise a grin.

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It's funny how childish this sounds to me now, though Ice Cube is convincing. I believe whatever Cube says. Several of these tracks are duds. I mean, 'Gangsta Gangsta' is some stilted stuff. Whereas 'Fuck tha Police' is timeless. Sadly. And also, any time Eazy E shows up - hoo man, the whole thing takes a real nosedive. I don't believe a word of that stuff.

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+++

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Ihan asiallista rähinää ja varmasti merkittävä teos omassa genressään, mutta ei tätä kyllä oikein jaksa. Saman biisin looppausta alusta loppuun.

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I respect that this is a good album with a handful of great songs, but all in all, it's never really been my cuppa tea

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I’m sure this album has a crucial place in hip-hop history, but it is difficult for me to enjoy.

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Al menos no es Nick Drake

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Mucho más pasable de lo que pensaria

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Hip-hop ochentero. No me gusta...

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No me hago con el hip-hop. Mal disco (por mi parte) para empezar esta aventura

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Attitude gefällt mir am besten bei der wütenden Gang, aber musikalisch komme ich selten in den Genuss einer weiteren Dimension wie bei “Parental discretion…“ 2.4

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Ei minun kuppi teetä, vaikka ainakin nimibiisin tahtiin nyökyttelinkin.

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Again, not really my jam, but hey, I'll listen.

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Chunky sound but lyrically off

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It's impossible to overstate the enduring impact of Straight Outta Compton; as polarizing as its outlook may be, it remains an essential landmark, one of hip-hop's all-time greatest.

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Not my cup of tea

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Not my favorite era of hip hop, Eazy-E brought down many of the tracks by reusing lines or phrases.

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Not my thing.

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This was a bit of a weird one; I know it's a very highly rated album, but the gangster rap where everyone's verses are about how hard they are and how they'll shot whoever don't generally appeal. Express Yourself stood out as not fitting in with the rest of the album at all, with Dre rapping about how he doesn't smoke weed because it messes with your head, and how wannabe gangsters rap about stuff they've never experienced before. It all felt a bit surreal and in complete contrast to everything else.

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This album is a classic, and I do see the appeal, but it dragged on too long and most of the songs I didn't like at all. Did like Straight Outta Compton, Fuck Tha Police and Express Yourself but not that much. I can't give this album anymore than 2/5 stars.

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Rap just really isn't my style. But I have to say, in terms of rap this really isn't the worst. Or rather, I still don't like it, but I do think it sounds better than 95%+ of rap I've heard. The lyrics are absolutely ridiculous of course.

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Hip hip. Coñazo

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Must hear in het genre, maar vanaf de helft begon het voor mij te vervelen en in herhaling te vallen. Niet mijn ding

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I don't really mind hip-pop but the lyrics are way too offensive and hardcore for me lol Can't really finish even the first track.

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Ich finde es leider nicht so cool wie die Herren selbst

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So much anger, and very one note. Didn't really know where the songs were beginning and ending, just one long profanity session.

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“ If ya fuck wit me I'll put a foot in ya ass” is such a great line. A lot of lines throughout disparaging women which I don’t love to listen to. But I also can’t help but notice the anger in this album about police treatment towards black men and how 30+ years later not much has changed. I also have to recognize the influence this album has on so much musically today- not sure Hamilton would exist without NWA! I have to give this 2 stars mainly because I wouldn’t choose to listen to this again but I do appreciate it too

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I can definitely acknowledge their cultural impact and the musical influence that they have, however, it doesn't make it any less of a chore to listen to these songs that are so full of profanity. This genre is not what I look for in my music.

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Hiphop ochentero. No es un género de mi predileccion

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Juvenile hip-hop, Some nice beats makes it a 2

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Listening to this in 2022, it's so clear to me now that music must be understood in the context of the time it is made. This music is so aggressive, explosive, angry and the messages don't resonate now, but it seems they did in 1988. Not really a fan of this album and wouldn't put it on regular rotation, but I'm glad I was exposed to it, to better understand the period of time. Interesting to see Ice Cube and Dr. Dre from back in the day.

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Done good tracks. Rest patchy.

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by track 8 i had a mid-80's headache. but this album holds up pretty well and there was more variety on it than i expected. a lot of it, however, is tedious, misogynistic and juvenile.

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I know a tiny bit about gangsta rap, primarily from the late 90s and early 2000s, and almost all of those artists, if you dig in, were found by, launched by, or are somehow tied to Dr. Dre, an original NWA member. These guys are the definition of "O.G."; they are the reason (like it or not) that gangsta rap is so prolific in mainstream music today. Their rough life experiences in Compton are what birthed this music scene. I can see why this album is monumental, but the lyrics have not aged well. Gangsta rap is notorious for its very vivid (and sometimes over-exaggerated) descriptions of violent behaviors, but exaggeration or not, I really can't get behind the excessive misogyny and domestic violence. The "black community versus the cops" message from 1988 still feels relevant today, though.

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Between this and The Chronic I feel like I've given gangsta rap a fair shake and it just does nothing for me. Dull music, unpleasant lyrics, what's the point? Express Yourself has a good tune though.

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3/25/2022 Today's Album: "Straight Outta Compton" by N.W.A. - This album is just really boring. I think that the production on it is pretty stellar. Each track is warm and features a pretty solid beat, groovy bass, and sometimes even a nice vocal, but the rapping is absolute dogshit. Not only do the beats just kind of sit in one place and not do anything, but the rapping and verse structures are just so boring and stagnant throughout the track list. You get each member of the group just ending each line with rhymes like frozen and chosen, effect and select, and even more similarly predictable matchings. I think there is a lot of potential coming from the hooks and choruses of each song, but the verses are just so tedious to listen to and just sound like a kid listing off everything they did today but in the style of Dr.Seuss. Like I said, it's a pretty nice set of beats to listen to because the production is pretty excellent, but it just doesn't have enough experimentation or variety within the rhythm or beat structure to illicit any reactions from me. The subject matter of a lot of these tracks are also just really dated, littered with misogynistic and edgy ideas. Overall, if you like old rap like this, listen to Biggie or Snoop. There's more charisma and charm from them and the subject matter is a little less played out. Even the album I reviewed 2 days ago from Jeru the Damaja was better than this. Score: 4/10 Highlights: If It Ain't Ruff, Express Yourself (carried by it's sample)

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Wasn't bad musically, but lyrics toggled between cheesy and incredibly offensive.

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Not terrible. Quite Juvenile. Not likely to ever roll it with my homies ever again

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Too long and too samey.

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I was too old and narrow minded to embrace this sort of music. The fact that white kids 10 years younger than me thought it was great made it seem even more ridiculous in my book. Now I can look back and appreciate it for what it was, groundbreaking and revolutionary, it still never graces my turntable.

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N.W.A. has always been one of the rap groups that I've always wanted to check out. There are not many rap-duo/group albums that I've heard, so this being one of the first in gangsta-rap just added more to the excitement. But man, I was super disappointed by this album. So before I get my complaints out, I'll just say that there are some good stuff about the album. This album has probably the two most iconic opening tracks to a rap album. "Straight Outta Compton" and "Fuck Da Police" are easily their biggest tracks ever, so getting to hear those bangers was just an amazing opening. Production on this album is fine, but I feel like Dr. Dre became a better producer in the 90s. So the first complaint is really about the rappers. I think that Ice Cube has a great voice but I think that I would prefer him in his own stuff. I can barely remember anything that Yella said, and Dre doesn't write most of his own shit anyway. But the most overrated rapper of all time has to be Eazy-E. Now I'm not trying to act disrespectful, but the dude just sucks. Favourite track would have to be "Fuck Da Police". It slaps, it's iconic, what more can you say? Least favourite track would have to be "Express Yourself". Why the fuck did they think that people would buy into this shit? The message is good, but they can't even stick to it. 3/10

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This didn't age well. Although I can't say I ever listened all the way through. This is way more old school than I thought it would be. Like, corny old school. But with cussing and misogyny. Did this start gangster rap? I've vague on the history but it seems right. Something 2 Dance 2 was cool though.

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Don't like rap :c

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Cute beats, express yourself is fun, a lot of it is "cringe" (they're children trying to look like big boys!). I'm sure this would have been important to me if I was born 10 years earlier.

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okay, a lot of crude lyrics, but genre defining

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very boring after a while, way too long

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Largely repetitive. In general not the biggest fan of 80s rap. 2/5

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Bits of it were OK (If it ain't ruff for example) but on the whole not really doing anything for me and I think probably aged quite badly in terms of the misogyny etc.

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I listened until I could stand it no more. 2*

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Rap, intragável para mim, apesar de que melhor do que a média de Rap.

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Hated it. I hate rap. This was particularly bad. Glorifying violence and drugs, chants about killing cops. Not for me.

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Not as enjoyable as other albums. Songs felt similar and lyrics were not very interesting.

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Nah. 3/10

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Unlistenable

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Nah bruh

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Uh... not my thing. Old rap and hip-hop always sounds kinda funny to me though.

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Nope

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F12 ACAB. Are we supposed to forgive the misogyny?

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Fuck, fuck, fucking motherfuck and more fuck.

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Why would I listen to this? (I tried, but no).

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Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. (1988) These artists are engaged in a competition to see who can be the most gleefully vitriolic. This is groundbreaking gangsta rap, and it is very well done. It sounds great. It features concussive beats, precise rhythms, colorful (if obscene) lyrics, innovative sampling, a superb sense of meter, inventive, complex rhymes, and even a couple of relatively harmless tracks (“Express Yourself” and “Something 2 Dance 2”). But overall the album carries a message that disqualifyingly nihilistic. It is not resignedly nihilistic. It is not despairingly nihilistic. It is intentionally and programmatically nihilistic. And it is hateful. And it is violent. And it is cruel toward entire classes of people. More importantly, as an exercise in the poetic arts it is rhetorically deficient: it attempts to persuade and dissuade while failing to make elementary distinctions; it is self-contradictory; it makes dubious assertions unsupported by evidence; and it is peppered with non-sequiturs. What results is a display of high intelligence that is highly misguided. The phrase “cancel culture” has gained currency of late. But that’s not what’s going on here. What we have here is “torture culture”. This is an album that deserves to be heard (at least once) by the serious listener because of its undeniable social influence and because its engagement is required for any honest endeavor to see where the tens of millions of followers ‘are coming from’. Ignore it at your peril. People who refuse to listen to ‘this crap’ are, at best, shielding their souls at the cost of redeeming the souls of others (including children and grandchildren). A thoughtful assessment of the messages in this album will justify within you a healthy dose of skepticism, pessimism, and cynicism: skepticism to the limit of sin against faith; pessimism to the border of sin against hope; and cynicism right to the horizon of sin against charity. In the fifteen years prior to this record’s release, there were millions of unborn children in the U.S. who were killed in the womb with legal sanction. The value of human life in this nation was thereby grossly diminished. This record, therefore, should not shock you. It should, however, prompt you to connect a few dots. And contemplate the Paschal Mystery. 1/5

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1/5.

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No.

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Whe i started this project, I decided I'd listen to all of every album, no matter what. I quite enjoyed the first track but my resolve soon diminished as the album progressed

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One of those albums that I totally see how important it is for the rap/hiphop genre and the messaging. While I respect it, it's just not for me.

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Rock music means you put out in music what you feel...this group have made it clear. it's an experience to listen.

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Over my head why this is revered. 3 planks spouting fantasy lyrics in a monotonous, single paced, rhythmically tedious, naff fashion. Pile of nonsense.

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Vile. There’s something seriously wrong with humanity when so many people can give 5 stars to this violent, homophobic, misogynistic loser trash.

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sucks

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rap is boring

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Odio el rap

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Actively disliked this

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0/5. I can’t put into words how disgusting and irresponsible this “music” is.

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