N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton: The Album That Changed Rap Forever
N.W.A., the rap group that called itself "the world's most dangerous group", released their debut album Straight Outta Compton in 1988. The album was a groundbreaking work of gangsta rap that depicted the harsh realities of life in the streets of Compton, Los Angeles. The album also sparked controversy for its explicit lyrics, especially the track "Fuck tha Police", which provoked an FBI warning letter and a ban from many radio stations.
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 Records rapper The D.O.C. The album featured Eazy-E as the main vocalist, delivering his rhymes with a high-pitched voice and a charismatic attitude. The album also introduced the world to Ice Cube's sharp and witty storytelling, MC Ren's aggressive and confident flow, and Dr. Dre's innovative and influential beats.
The album was a commercial and critical success, selling over three million copies and receiving rave reviews from critics. The album is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rap albums of all time, as it inspired countless artists and genres in rap, R&B, and popular music. The album also spawned a biographical film of the same name in 2015, which was a box office hit and received positive reviews.
If you want to listen to this classic album, you can download it in zip format from various sources on the internet. However, be aware that downloading copyrighted material without permission is illegal and may result in legal consequences. Alternatively, you can stream or buy the album from legitimate platforms such as YouTube[^1^], Spotify, Apple Music, or Amazon Music. You can also buy the vinyl or CD versions of the album from online or physical stores.
Whether you are a fan of rap music or not, Straight Outta Compton is an album that you should not miss. It is a masterpiece of musical expression, social commentary, and cultural impact that will make you appreciate the artistry and legacy of N.W.A.
After the release of Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A. faced internal conflicts and legal disputes that led to the departure of Ice Cube in 1989 and Dr. Dre in 1991. The remaining members (Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella) pursued solo careers, sometimes rejoining to collaborate on new music. (Assisted by DJ Yella, Eazy-E saw the greatest success of the three.)[^2^]
Ice Cube became one of the most influential and successful solo rappers of the early 1990s, releasing albums such as AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, and The Predator. He also started his acting career with roles in films such as Boyz n the Hood, Friday, and Three Kings. He later formed a rap group called Westside Connection with WC and Mack 10, and continued to release solo albums throughout the 2000s and 2010s.[^3^]
Dr. Dre became one of the most influential and successful producers in hip-hop history, co-founding Death Row Records with Suge Knight and launching the careers of Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, and Tha Dogg Pound. He also released his own solo album, The Chronic, which is widely regarded as a classic. He later left Death Row to form his own label, Aftermath Entertainment, where he signed Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar. He also released another solo album, 2001, and a collaborative album with Eminem, Relapse. He also co-founded Beats Electronics with Jimmy Iovine, which was sold to Apple for $3 billion in 2014.
Eazy-E continued to run Ruthless Records and released two solo albums, Eazy-Duz-It and It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa. He also feuded with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, dissing them on several songs. He later reconciled with them before his death from AIDS-related complications in 1995.[^2^]
MC Ren released four solo albums between 1992 and 2009, as well as an EP with Public Enemy's Chuck D in 2014. He also appeared on several songs by other artists, such as Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and DJ Premier.
DJ Yella produced Eazy-E's solo albums and some songs for other Ruthless artists. He also directed several pornographic films in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He returned to music production in 2011 and released an album called West Coastin' in 2012.
Arabian Prince left N.W.A. before the release of Straight Outta Compton, due to creative differences. He released several solo albums and singles between 1989 and 2007. He also worked as a producer for other artists, such as JJ Fad, Bobby Jimmy & the Critters, and Professor X. 061ffe29dd