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NWA "Straight Outta Compton" Album Turns 30

Updated: Mar 21, 2021

The famed N.W.A album, which turns 30 on Wednesday got the biopic treatment in 2015 with a movie of the same name. It traced the origins of Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and the group’s other associated rappers and inspired a wave of think pieces and tributes to the group’s career-defining release.

N.W.A was an American hip-hop group from Los Angeles, 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 to 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.

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