N.w. A 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. Active from 1987 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy owing to their music’s explicit lyrics which many viewed as being misogynist. The group has sold over 10 million units in the United States alone.
About N.W.A in brief
N. W. A 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. Active from 1987 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy owing to their music’s explicit lyrics which many viewed as being misogynist, as well as to its glorification of drugs and crime. The group has sold over 10 million units in the United States alone. In 2016, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following three previous nominations. The original lineup, formed in early 1987, consisted of Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. DJ Yella and MC Ren joined later that year. They released their first compilation album as a group in 1987 called N.W. A and the Posse, which peaked at #39 on Billboard magazine’s Top R&BHip-Hop Albums chart. Arabian Prince left shortly after the release of their debut studio album, Straight Outta Compton, in 1989, with Ice Cube following suit in December. Their debut album marked the beginning of the new gangstaRap era as the production and social commentary in their lyrics were revolutionary within the genre. Their second album, Niggaz4Life, was the first hardcore rap album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 sales charts. The most notorious of the group’s most notorious lyrics, including the song, ‘Fuck tha Police’, brought them into conflict with law enforcement agencies from various agencies.
Twenty years later, member and co-producer Ice Cube commented about what led them into the style of rap that is now called hardcore rap, which is now known as C.O.A.R. The C. O. A. D. rap group was later credited with pioneering the burgeoning subgenre of’reality rap’ The group was ranked 83 on their list of the \”100 Greatest Artists of All Time’ by Rolling Stone. N.w. A’s most famous song is ‘Panic Zone’, which was originally called ‘Hispanic Zone’, but the title was later changed when Dr. Dre advised Krazy-Dee that the word ‘hispanic’ would hinder sales. The song was later included on the compilation album N. w. a. A, which was released in 1987 with Macola Records. The opening song of the album, ‘Straight Outta. Compton’, protested police brutality and racial profiling, and painted the worldview of the inner-city youth. It was written by Ice Cube, who had started out as a rapper for the group C. I. A., and produced by Arabian Prince and Dr. Dre. In the 1990s, Ice Cube would become platinum-selling solo artists in their own right in the 90s, and would go on to become one of the most successful rappers of all time. In 2000, the band released a single, ‘Niggaz 4Life’, on which Ice Cube was credited as the co-writer.