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N.W.A (an abbreviation for Niggaz Wit Attitudes) was an American hip hop group from Compton, California. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the greatest and most influential groups in the history of hip hop music. Active from 1986 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy owing to their music's explicit lyrics, which many viewed as being disrespectful of women, as well as to its glorification of 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 group was also known for their deep hatred of the police system, which sparked much controversy over the years.

The original lineup formed in 1986 consisted of Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. DJ Yella and MC Ren joined later, with Arabian Prince eventually leaving shortly before the official release of Straight Outta Compton, which came out in 1988, and Ice Cube following suit in December 1989. Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and MC Ren 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, while their second album Niggaz4Life would be the first hardcore rap album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 sales charts. Rolling Stone ranked N.W.A number 83 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In 2016, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following three nominations.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1988 Straight Outta Compton 4.35 6
1991 Niggaz4Life 4 3

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 + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 1989-03-24, Live at Anaheim 1

Album + Remix

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


Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Express Yourself 1
1991 Alwayz Into Somethin’ 1

Single + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Gangsta Gangsta / Dopeman: Limited Edition Drum & Bass Mixes 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1990 100 Miles and Runnin’ 2

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