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Thursday, July 29, 2010

N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

I'm going to straight up with you guys - I love rap. Caveat is, I don't identify whatsoever with the old school stuff. NWA was a rap supergroup before all the individuals were super. Lyrically, these guys are pretty solid. They were talking about things at a time when rappers haven't figured out how to capitalize on their problems and all the terrible things they've seen and done. No question they're pioneers and influenced cultures and generations many times over. So - I'll get it out of the way that I respect everything they did. Problem I have with it, the way they engineered beats back then, it was well - lackluster. You basically and put on any rap track from pre 1990, and it all has the same arrangement. Couple weak bass hits, a snare hit and maybe a little synth. If NWA was making music right now - man, Dre would be putting together some monstrous beats to rap over. Because of that, it almost sounds unprofessional. Like something you'd expect to hear a guy singing on the street to panhandle. Obviously it's better than that, but I think you get what I'm trying to convey. There are a handful of songs on this album that are genuinely awesome. This was their second album released and it dropped in 1988. It was since gone 2x platinum which makes it their best seller. They are relevant today because they intend to put out a biopic about their lives. Film writers could talk for more than 2 hours about how they got together, how they influenced music forever and how things split apart. And then got especially bad between Eazy and Dre. That would make for good cinema no doubt. Until then, all we can do is sit back and enjoy the oldies - and this is more than worth checking out. Happy Thursday!

1. Straight Outta Compton
2. F*ck Tha Police
3. Gangsta Gangsta
4. If It Ain't Ruff
5. Parental Deiscretion Iz Advised
6. 8 Ball
7. Somethign Like That
8. Express Yourself
9. Compton's N the House
10. I Ain't Tha 1
11. Dopeman
12. Quiet on Tha Set
13. Something 2 Dance 2

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Express Yourself
2. Straight Outta Compton
2. F*ck The Police

3.75 out of 5 stars

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