Born: 1986
Origin: Compton, California
Genre(s): Hip-Hop

In 1986 on the crime torn streets of Compton California five artists banded together to form the worlds most dangerous group. N.W.A (Niggaz wit Attitudes). Founder Eazy-E, Dr.Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella were the members of the group that middle class America feared.Their lyrics were gritty and vulgar, their impact was huge, their message was heard.

Compton rapper Eazy-E sought out to find members he found fit to create a super group with, he pursued Dr.Dre for his incredible production skills. Dre brought DJ Yella along, and lesser known member at the time Arabian prince came on board with Ice Cube. It wasn’t until 1988 that MC Ren joined the fold. With everyone’s roles established the group set out to do what they were destined to do. The group gave the world a taste of what they were capable of on the compilation record N.W.A and the Posse with tracks like ‘8-ball’, ‘Dopeman’ and ‘Panic Zone’.

In 1988 they released their debut Straight Outta Compton, a record that would be heard and felt all over the United States. With this album so much controversy occurred, whether it was the FBI issuing a letter to Ruthless Records about songs like ‘Fuck Tha Police’ and it’s violent message to government agencies or having the album slapped with a parental advisory sticker. However shortly after the release of their critically acclaimed album internal issues arose and caused Ice Cube to jump ship, claiming that royalties were not being paid. The aftermath of this event caused some nasty diss records to come about further souring the relationship the group once had with Cube. Just to illustrate how bad this was ‘100 Miles and Runnin’, and ‘No Vaseline’ were the results of this nasty feud.

In 1991 the groups second album Niggaz4Life was released amid the feud with Cube and was oncwe again met with success and controversy thanks to what many viewed as misogynistic lyrics and an overall violent message. Shortly after the release of Niggaz4Life the group fell apart as Dr.Dre left for Death Row Records and the war of words between himself and Eazy-E began. The feud never ended on good terms as Eazy-E passed away due to an AIDS related death.

On August 14th the Biopic Straight Outta Compton will be released after being announced almost five years ago.

With such a short discography they are credited with creating not only a sub-culture within hip-hop they are pioneers of West Coast rap and will always hold a place in history as not only one of the most controversial groups but one of the greatest to ever grace the mic.

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