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Straight Outta Compton Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, September 24, 2002
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2002 reissue of 1988 gangsta rap classic includes four bonus tracks, 'Express Yourself' (Extended Mix), 'Bonus Beats', 'Straight Outta Compton' (Extended Mix) & 'AB----12 AB----'. EMI.


A lone voice sneers "You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge," and with that warning the greatest-ever gangsta album begins. Then these Niggas with Attitude--wicked rhymes by Ice Cube, Easy E, and MC Ren; soulful production courtesy Dr. Dre; beats provided by DJ Yella--come barreling into your face, just daring you to ignore the streets of Compton (or any American city) even one day longer. From the anti-police brutality anthem "F**k Tha Police" to the angry, unflinching realism of "Gangsta Gangsta," to the pro-free speech "Express Yourself," this is slammin' and ruthless. --David Cantwell

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Straight Outta Compton
  2. F--- Tha Police
  3. Gangsta Gangsta
  4. If It Ain't Ruff
  5. Parental Discretion 12 Advised
  6. 8 Ball (Remix)
  7. Something Like That
  8. Express Yourself
  9. Compton's N The House (Remix)
  10. I Ain't Tha 1
  11. Dopeman (Remix)
  12. I Ain't Tha 1
  13. Something 2 Dance 2
  14. Express Yourself (Extended Mix)
  15. Bonus Beats
  16. Straight Outta Compton (Extended Mix)
  17. A B---- Is A B----

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Priority Records
  • ASIN: B00006JJ51
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alan Pounds on April 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Straight Outta Compton" created a revolution in gangsta rap; influencing countless acts to follow in their footsteps. It's a common misconception to think that this was the first gangsta rap album ever. The album was originally released in 1988. Shocking narratives of ghetto street life were in full effect at this time, originally brought forth by Ice-T, and Schoolly D in 1987. But "Straight Outta Compton" is arguably the best when it comes down to history in the making. The stories held within are frightening, and riveting; thought provoking and unapologetic. Main members, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube (founder), MC Ren and Eazy-E, paint a vivid picture of L.A.'s rough and tough Compton ghetto. You really feel the empathy of the life that they live through their brutally honest delivery of pain, anger and the need to be heard. The lyrical content provides powerful images of poverty, guns, violence, police, bi***es and the overall mindset of living in the ghetto.

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.
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I'm reviewing "Straight Outta Compton" (1988) from a different perspective than most reviewers. While I like some rap and can certainly appreciate the genre, I'm not a huge rap fan. I'm a rocker, first and foremost, and this review is aimed specifically for people who aren't all that much into rap.

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.
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Ok well, you might ask yourself, who is the NWA? They ain't just some fools from Compton, they compose of six of the most lethal rappers who ever touched a mic, and one of the most creative DJ's who is known to create chaos on the wheels of steel (Technics 1200 turntable). You got people like Dr Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E providing lyrics that cross the line of explict by a mile. If that isn't enough you have MC Ren, The D.O.C. and Arabian Prince (Brother Rab) in the backseat also spitting madness on the album. The whole CD in general has its highs, and lows. Also it provides a variety of styles. "COMPTON'S N THE HOUSE (REMIX)" is Dre and MC Ren rapping live on stage with cutting by Yella. "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON" is a classic gangsta rap track with really dope bass and beat production by Dr Dre. Eazy-E's "8-BALL (REMIX)" is a story about him and his beer which sounds very familar for its 1988 setting. If you want to hear the explict lyrics I was talking about listen to "GANGSTA GANGSTA" AND "F--- THA POLICE" with heavy influence from Ice Cube. My personal favorite is when the NWA combines some of its electro beats with hip-hop flavor when Arabian Prince and the rest of the NWA on the track "SOMETHING TO DANCE TO". Also upcoming star The D.O.C. who was famous for his song "IT'S FUNKY ENOUGH" which was released a year later, appears on "PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED". The ONLY "clean" tracks on the album are "SOMETHING TO DANCE TO", "QUIET ON THA SET", and "EXPRESS YOURSELF". But don't let this album get to your head. When you listen to it, remember that these guys told everyone in interviews that they aren't gangbangers, they just use that image to make money.Read more ›
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