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Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton
Studio album by N.W.A

Released

8 August 1988

Recorded

1987-1988 at Audio Achievements in Torrance, California

Genre

Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap

Length

60:27

Label

Ruthless, Priority, EMI Records

Producer

Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, Eazy-E (exec.)

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Straight Outta Compton is the debut studio album by American hip hop group N.W.A, released on the 8th of August 1988 on group member Eazy-E's record label Ruthless Records. Its title refers to the group's native town, Compton, California. Production for the album was handled by Dr. Dre, with DJ Yella giving co-production. The album has been viewed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time and the pioneering record of gangsta rap; with its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics, it helped to give birth to this then-new sub-genre of hip hop. It has been considered groundbreaking by music writers and has had an enormous impact on the evolution of West Coast hip hop.

Straight Outta Compton redefined the direction of hip hop, which resulted in lyricism concerning the gangsta lifestyle becoming the driving force in sales figures. It was later re-released on the 24th of September 2002, remastered and containing four bonus tracks. An extended version of the album was released on the 4th of December 2007, the 20th anniversary of the original album.

Track listing

All songs were produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Length
1. "Straight Outta Compton" Ice Cube, MC Ren, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre Jackson, Patterson 4:19
2. "Fuck tha Police" Ice Cube, MC Ren, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre Jackson, Patterson, Wright 5:45
3. "Gangsta Gangsta" Ice Cube, Eazy-E Jackson, Patterson 5:36
4. "If It Ain't Ruff" MC Ren Patterson 3:34
5. "Parental Discretion Iz Advised" The D.O.C., Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren Curry, Jackson, Patterson 5:16
6. "8 Ball" (remix) Eazy-E Jackson 4:52
7. "Something Like That" Dr. Dre, MC Ren Curry, Patterson 3:35
8. "Express Yourself" Dr. Dre Jackson, Wright 4:25
9. "Compton's N the House" (remix) Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Eazy-E Curry, Patterson 5:20
10. "I Ain't tha 1" Ice Cube Jackson 4:54
11. "Dope Man" (remix) Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Krazy D Jackson, Trujillo 5:20
12. "Quiet on tha Set" MC Ren Patterson 3:59
13. "Something 2 Dance 2" Arabian Prince, Ice Cube, The D.O.C. Curry, Lezan, Jackson 3:22
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