This week’s article courtesy of Serpentorslair Contributor, ‘Train‘!
N.W.A, was a rap group formed in 1986. They popularized gangsta rap and West Coast hip hop. Their lyrics were very controversial especially for the time. Straight Outta Compton was one of there first hits that introduced the members of the group. One of the most controversial songs Fuck the Police was meant to protest police brutality and racial profiling, it was seen as negative from most people on the police side and they had a hard time once they started touring to have police security at their shows.
The group was composed of some top celebrities today, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube being to most for producing and movies, the late great Easy-E, DJ Yella, MC Ren, and Arabian Prince rounded out a small group of kids raised in one of the hardest cities in the USA to grow up in with guns, gangs, and drugs, but they overcame the negative and put their negative life to rap music and were able to pull themselves out of Compton. Dr Dre has become one of the most successful people, mostly as a producer, he has produced and oversees super artists such as Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent. Ice Cube also has had a prosperous career with rap and TV with series such as Law and order, and one of his cult classics Friday. Even if you completely reject there lyrics and/or style, there is no denying that D.W.A was a pioneer group and they could flat out rap.
I grew up with Country and Rock, it wasn’t till 1994 in college that I started listening to Rap. Rap was in the mainstream then and it was very popular. Easy E, ODB, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg were all very popular in the 90s. Many people might find N.W.A’s lyrics offensive, but a Country star sings about what they know, a Rock star sings about what they know, N.W.A just sang about what they knew. They expressed and perhaps vented with their music. Rolling Stone has ranked N.W.A #83 on their all time greatest artists list, and they have been nominated 2 times for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine did a good write up on N.W.A. in a recent issue, where Dr Dre and Ice Cube told all about growing up and the group, and they touched a bit about their recently released documentary movie about the groups rise in Compton, CA.
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