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Monday, October 15, 2007

It Was 20 Years Ago Today



N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude) were a Compton, California-based hip hop group who released "Straight Outta Compton" in 1988 (so what I'm a year off).
This release was a pioneering effort which spurred the onset of Gangsta Rap mentality that the media has grown to love to hate. The FBI and Congress were ready to wage war with the release, particular attention being paid to the single, F**K The Police.

It is one of my favorite records as it reflects the anger of urban youth without the hyperbole of today's pretenders who speak primarily of the bling and only the bling.

An extended version of the album will be released on December 4, 2007, the 20th anniversary of the original album.

As a tribute here's a haunting version of "Straight Outta Compton" sung by Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt fame, stripped down. Enjoy.