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Straight Outta Compton Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Vinyl, Explicit Lyrics, Original recording remastered, September 3, 2013
Audio, Cassette, Explicit Lyrics, February 10, 1989
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The record sounds insanely fresh and perfect; which is quite a feat, since production value in hip-hop has come a long way since 1988. The beats sound funky, innovative and most importantly, they serve as a winning template for their engrossing lyrical flows. Although you wouldn't know it by the tones in their voices, their is a fair amount of comic relief to balance out the record. A lot of these same things can be said about other classic gangsta rap albums, but this one clearly broke the mold, reaching kids in the middle of suburbia. There is a large amount of shock value involved, especially for pre-teen white kids. If only on tape or CD, this album was the introduction of these frightening concepts to many of these kids.Read more ›
N.W.A's debut "Straight Outta Compton" can be seen as the rap counterpart to Guns N' Roses debut "Appetite for Destruction" (1987). Released within a year of each other; both albums showcase tales of inner-city debauchery, drug and alcohol excess, with a sense of nothing to lose. Both albums feel very real, very lived in, and remain powerful sentiments of what it's like to grow up and live in abject poverty, through the eyes of society's misfits.
Because the rap genre has become so saturated and mainstream, it's hard to imagine the impact "Straight Outta Compton" had upon its release and discovery. Little suburban white kids all across America heard first-hand accounts of life in the inner-city streets of the United States. I remember listening to this album back in the early 90s and remember what an impact it had on me. It dispelled a lot of myths by telling my totally ignorant brain what life is really like for oppressed minorities in the forgotten ghettos of what I had always been told was a great country, fair to everyone, regardless of race, color or creed (hey, I grew up in Reagan/Bush middle-America!) While rap sometimes seems to glamorize "thug-life" or wind-up as self-parody (a problem that would later besiege the post-Ice Cube N.W.A) this is never a problem with "Straight Outta Compton."
Honesty can get you only so far, however, without the skills.Read more ›
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I immediately bought this after watching Boyz in the Hood. Great CD!Published 1 month ago by RobertRoberts
The hat is a nice, 100% cotton, black, 6-panel, flat-billed hat with adjustable snaps on the back. The hat I got is black with the white NWA logo and the bill's underside is gray. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I buy CD's purely for having them in my collection, so I was a bit disappointed the case was cracked when it arrived. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Morgan
Who doesn't need a little NWA in their life? With the new revival of vinyl records in today's world, this is definitely a must-have albumPublished 1 month ago by A