Straight Outta Compton

~ Release group by N.W.A


Straight Outta Compton is the debut studio album by American hip hop group N.W.A, released August 8, 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 along with Arabian Prince. The album has been viewed as 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 gangster lifestyle becoming the driving force in sales figures. It was later re-released on September 24, 2002, remastered and containing four bonus tracks. An extended version of the album was released on December 4, 2007, honoring the 20th anniversary of the original album.

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Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Straight Outta Compton (original vinyl LP) 12" Vinyl 10 Ruthless Records (Compton, LA hip-hop) SL 57102 049925710212
Straight Outta Compton CD 13 Ruthless Records (Compton, LA hip-hop) CDL57102 049925710229
Straight Outta Compton CD 13 4th & Broadway BRCD 534 5014474053429
Straight Outta Compton CD 17 Priority Records 7243 5 379362 3 724353793623
Straight Outta Compton CD 18 Priority Records 11240 5099951124021


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