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Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A.

1988

Straight Outta Compton

Album Summary

Straight Outta Compton is the debut studio album by rap group N.W.A, which, led by Eazy-E, formed in Los Angeles County's City of Compton in early 1987. Released by his label, Ruthless Records, on August 8, 1988, the album was produced by N.W.A members Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, and Arabian Prince, with lyrics written by N.W.A members Ice Cube and MC Ren along with Ruthless rapper The D.O.C. Not merely depicting Compton's street violence, the lyrics repeatedly threaten to lead it by attacking peers and even police. The track "Fuck tha Police" drew an FBI agent's warning letter, which aided N.W.A's notoriety, with N.W.A calling itself "the world's most dangerous group."In July 1989, despite its scarce radio play beyond the Los Angeles area, Straight Outta Compton received gangsta rap's first platinum certification, one million copies sold by then. That year, the album peaked at #9 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and at #37 on the popular albums chart, the Billboard 200. Receiving media spotlight, N.W.A's example triggered the rap genre's movement toward hardcore, gangsta rap. As the 1990s closed, if largely through N.W.A's own splintering—yielding successful solo music careers and franchises for Ice Cube and for Dr. Dre—the ripple effects had reshaped rap, R&B, and popular music, influencing popular culture.Remastered, the album's September 2002 reissue gained four bonus tracks. Nearing the album's 20th anniversary, another extended version of it arrived in December 2007. And in 2015, after an album reissue on red cassettes of limited edition, theater release of the biographical film Straight Outta Compton reinvigorated sales of the album, which by year's end was certified 3x Multi-Platinum. In 2016, it became the first rap album inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The next year, the Library of Congress enshrined Straight Outta Compton in the National Recording Registry.

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Rating

3.53

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5511

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Wed Feb 10 2021
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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Mon Aug 30 2021
2

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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Tue Nov 30 2021
1

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

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

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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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

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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Mon May 17 2021
3

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

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Mon May 17 2021
3

I fucking hate the police

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

FUCK POLICE!

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Mon May 24 2021
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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Thu Feb 11 2021
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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Fri Feb 12 2021
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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Wed Mar 31 2021
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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Sat Mar 27 2021
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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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

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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Thu May 06 2021
3

‘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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Tue Dec 28 2021
3

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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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

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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Tue Jun 21 2022
2

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

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

On 'Something Like That', Dre explains what it takes to be a good MC: "To create something funky that's original / You need to talk about the place to be / Who you are, what you got, or about a sucker MC." Which pretty much nails all of his group's shortcomings. For his part, the beats are far fresher than the raps.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
1

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

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Sat Sep 25 2021
1

Fuck, fuck, fucking motherfuck and more fuck.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
1

Not for me.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
1

I can’t do this

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Tue Jan 18 2022
1

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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Thu Mar 31 2022
1

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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Sat Apr 09 2022
1

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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Tue Dec 15 2020
5

It slaps.

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Fri Dec 18 2020
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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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Still slaps.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

BEST ALBUM YET

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Sat Jan 16 2021
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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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

Aside from the misogyny, this album is just about perfect

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Instructive and an important album.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Adorei, deveria ter ouvido antes.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

10/10

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

One of the greatest ever

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

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

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

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

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

CLASSIC

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Fri May 07 2021
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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Fri May 07 2021
5

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

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Wed Jul 21 2021
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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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Straight heard this years ago

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Good start

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Mon Jun 28 2021
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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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

The OG rap album

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Amazing Album

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Wed May 26 2021
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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Mon May 10 2021
5

I really thought the lyrics were outstanding.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

One of the greatest collabs ever

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Thu May 27 2021
5

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

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Wed May 26 2021
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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Sat Jul 17 2021
5

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

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Mon Aug 23 2021
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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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

One of the best album

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Wed Dec 22 2021
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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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

* Great

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Classic

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Straight banger of an album 🔥🔥🔥

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
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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Tue Feb 08 2022
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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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

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

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Thu Mar 17 2022
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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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

Classic

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

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

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Brutal!

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Thu Apr 07 2022
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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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

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

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Fri Apr 15 2022
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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Fri Apr 15 2022
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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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

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

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Wed May 04 2022
5

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

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Angry, authentic and exciting. Don't just sing in public Brit chaps.

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Tue May 17 2022
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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Thu May 19 2022
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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Thu May 19 2022
5

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

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Fri May 20 2022
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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Fri May 27 2022
5

Good album.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
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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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Catchy, gritty and way ahead of its time.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Szalony matkojebca zwany Kostką Lodu!!! Uwielbiam tę płytkę, klasyka gangsta rapu w czystej postaci, 0 pozerki, sporo szokujących treści, a także relacji z tego co w sumie chłopaki doświadczali na co dzień. Klasyczne bity od Dr Dre się w sumie tak nie zestarzały, agresywny rap reszty chłopaków też zawsze miodne.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Straight up classic. This album was game-changing in so many ways. Taking p-funk samples and creating g-funk. The flow! Second to none. This album redefined rap, changing the West Coast paradigm and, without any question, powered the social movements that altered the whole course of the 1980s. The lyricsm, the power, the anger. It makes me genuinely a little bit sad that after 35+ years of young black men drawing attention to their issues, the systemic oppression... After god alone knows how many platinum records and oblivious people singing along to lyrics born out of pain, there's still bitches who only want them for their money. Straight Outta Compton has aged, it's true. The beats, the flow, the loops - have aged like fine wine. One could argue that the misogyny, homophobia and casual violence have aged like milk, but that might not be the best analogy. Misogyny is just as much a problem now as it was in the 1980s. Homophobia is thankfully decreasing, but in the US, at least, causal violence is still ever-present. As social commentary this album gets lots right and lots wrong. As music - it gets almost everything bang on right.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Love the whole damn thing

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Great classic

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

-classic -used to listen to this in middle school on my walk to the bus stop in the mornings loll :))

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Sick as fuck. Truly a classic.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Absolute pure gold! Hard to relate some of the lyrics and context now - but if you're unfamiliar with the background, the group members and their stories I implore you to watch the film of the same name. As a 13 yr old white kid from England when this was released I didn't fully understand the underlying issues, and stories or context behind the tracks - it just seemed exciting and 'rebellious' to me. As a statement of intent, and a voice of a generation and community this is hard to beat. Buy it, download it, do whatever you have to and listen to this album.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

cool

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

I’ve been exited to hear this one… The album starts with the title track a brilliant introduction to the album and a brilliant rap song! The turntable is used to it’s advantage in the second song fuck the police a very angry tune but rightfully angry. Gangsta gangsta is also a banger I love the guitar and siren samples and the lyrics are sharp and on point. If it ain’t ruff is still good but not as good as the last 3 but that’s fine as after 3 amazing song’s the next one will always look worse. Parental Discretion iz advised is a great tune I love the piano samples all across the song. 8 ball is a banger I love all of the false starts at the beginning of the song. Something like that is solid but not one of my favourites. I can’t deny how good of a song express yourself is to be honest I love the beat and the sample in this tune! Comptons N the house ( remix) is okay, probably my least favourite so far but nothing bad here. I ain’t the 1 has a great piano rhythm and yeah it’s solid but the piano is definitely the best bit. Dopeman is also a great tune it’s very obvious what it’s about and those “chopping” noises are cool. Quiet on tha set is solid but not one of my favourites. The album ends with something 2 dance 2 and yeah it’s danceable and a good party to end the album on. Overall it’s really good and has much more energy than most rap albums. 5/5.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Loved it! Great instrumentals, great lyrics and a lot of energy

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Initial thoughts: so much fun and energy out of everything. Lyrics may be too graphic for some but I think they compliment the sound surprisingly well. Every sample so far is full, fun and well mixed. Great variety of instruments Final thoughts: everything above still applies. Fantastic album Best song: Express Yourself Worst song: I Ain’t Tha 1

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

GOAT

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

One of those albums that 100% deserves every bit of praise it's gotten. Catchy, bombastic beats. Socially conscious and powerful lyrics. Incredibly flow and lyricism. Fuck tha police.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Ninguna

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

The album ever!

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Rough and gritty, but I heard a lot of the Beastie Boys beats in some of those bars. Nevertheless, it’s a classic.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Required listening to have an understanding of the Genre, heralded the huge shift towards Gangsta Rap and still slaps 34 years later, even if some of the exact language is dated/cringe now, the raw energy is there and showcases the attitude and lifestyle growing up in Compton at the time. || Nothing is as strong as the opening two tracks, but I still gotta give 5 stars.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Growing up in a pretty isolated part of Canada, not a whole lot of rap made it through. But this one did. It was a real eye opener to see how Black youth are treated by police while I lived in a really really tame town. I always preferred rap and hip hop that stuck their middle finger up the nose of authority.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Excellent debut album by rap legends. I wasn't much into this album when it came out (mostly because I was into rock & didn't like that some of the lyrics were misogynistic) but listening to the album at this age give me a fresh take. It's a big F'U to the powers that be along with being prideful of where these guys came from. Glad I got a give it another chance. 5 outta 5.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

One of the greatest hip-hop albums ever made, and its influence is still strong today.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Straight outta Compton, Fuck the police, Gangsta gangsta, 8 ball, Express yourself, I aint the one

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Crazy that this album is 22 years old. Some great tracks on here.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Good

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Fri Oct 16 2020
4

Test

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Wed Jun 23 2021
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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Tue Nov 24 2020
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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Mon Sep 14 2020
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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Tue Jun 15 2021
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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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Historisk hiphop album, gangster, racekultur, sampling,

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Wed May 19 2021
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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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 31 2021
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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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

FTP. ACAB. HOOD.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Wish I knew this at the time

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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Thu Feb 11 2021
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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Sat Jan 16 2021
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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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

shit fuego also social commentary is nice

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Hot fire.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

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

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Sat Mar 06 2021
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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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

damn, son.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
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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Sat Mar 27 2021
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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Sun Jun 27 2021
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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Mon May 17 2021
4

Schöner alte Schule

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

3.5?

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

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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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

It’s really good except for the misogyny

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Thu May 13 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Classic album from a supergroup

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

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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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Great album

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Probablemente el mejor disco de su género

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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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Thu Feb 11 2021
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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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Fucking classic. A bit too long but absolutely essential.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Far better than expected!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

4.5/5 amazing album, amazing movie.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
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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Wed Mar 31 2021
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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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Changed the rap game

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

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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Thu May 13 2021
4

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

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Fri May 07 2021
4

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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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Classic album from start to finish

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Sun May 09 2021
4

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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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

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

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Bumpin

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

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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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

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

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

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

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Not much to be said… fucking solid

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

This album is angry and fun

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

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

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Ehh, good but not my cup of tea anymore

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

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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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

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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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

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

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

BRA SKIT

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Classic

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

This album is important but there are some duds

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

3.5

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Definitely front loaded, but what an opening!

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

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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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

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

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

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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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

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

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Classic

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Raw and angry.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

nice

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

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

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

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

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

8/10

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

That crazy MF named Ice Cube...

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

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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