N.W.A

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N.W.A (an abbreviation of Niggaz Wit Attitudes) was an American hip hop group from Compton, California, widely considered one of the seminal acts of the gangsta rap and west coast hip hop sub-genres, sometimes credited as the most important group in the history of rap music. Active from 1986 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy due to the explicit lyrics that many disrepsecting womens and glorifying drugs and crime. The group was subsequently banned from many mainstream American radio stations. In spite of this, the group has sold over 10 million units in the United States alone.

The original lineup consisted of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. MC Ren joined in 1988, with Arabian Prince leaving the group later that same year. Ice Cube left in December of 1989 over royalty disputes. Several members would later become platinum-selling solo artists in the 1990s. Their debut album Straight Outta Compton marked the beginning of the new gangsta rap era as the production and social commentary in their lyrics were revolutionary within the genre. Rolling Stone ranked N.W.A number 83 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." In October 2012, N.W.A were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time. In October 2013 the group was nominated for a second time.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1988 Straight Outta Compton 4.35 5
1991 Niggaz4Life 4 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 N.W.A. and the Posse 5 3
1996 Greatest Hits 4
2006 The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge 1
2007 Greatest Hitz 1
2008 N.W.A and Their Family Tree 5 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Straight Outta Compton: 10th Anniversary Tribute 2

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Express Yourself 1
1991 Alwayz Into Somethin’ 1
1999 Gangsta Gangsta / Dopeman: Limited Edition Drum & Bass Mixes 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 100 Miles and Runnin’ 1

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