Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella. Since the movie, Straight Outta Compton we all know the stories of these five guys. They were just four guys from Compton who wanted to make some money in the rap game. Eazy-E was the money and brains behind the group. Dr. Dre was the man behind the boards and was part of the World Class Wreckin Crew. Ice Cube was a young, hungry dude who wanted to get his music out to the world and the same could be said about MC Ren. DJ Yella was the DJ, plus he delved in production also and they all came together and called themselves NWA. 30 years ago today, they dropped their debut album and changed the rap game forever. Artists like 2Pac, Spice 1, Scarface, Geto Boys and many more followed their gangsta rap footsteps.
Straight Outta Compton came out the gate to sell well over 3 million copies. During that time, you had cops, government officials and many others were trying to censor their music. The title track, Straight Outta Compton was the first single released about a month before the album release. Ice Cube, MC Ren and Eazy-E came correct and set the tone for the album. The single went platinum, and everyone anticipated the album. After the album was released and was doing well, they released Gangsta Gangsta as the next single about a month later. Ice Cube delivered on the first three verses and Eazy-E finished off the track with the final verse. With this track, NWA continued their success, and everyone was digging this new form of hip hop.
The album continued to get much play, but NWA dropped another single in the spring of 1989. Express Yourself saw Dr. Dre do his thing on this track as he was the lone rapper on this track. After all these years, Straight Outta Compton is still mentioned as one of the best hip hop albums ever. It’s crazy looking back seeing the stars this group produced. Eazy-E is still viewed as the father of Gangsta Rap and Ice Cube is viewed by many as one of the greatest rappers of all-time. Dr. Dre is looked at as one of the dopest producers ever and released two of the best hip hop albums in the Chronic and Chronic 2001. MC Ren went on to release several underrated albums. Now, Dr. Dre is one of the richest guys in hip hop with his Beats Headphones and Ice Cube has directed classic moves like Friday.
With the falling out between these guys, they never got to get back together. It was in the works, but unfortunately Eazy-E passed away before they got the chance to come together. Ice Cube appeared in the Let Me Ride video and they even came out with the track, Natural Born Killaz on the Murder Was the Case Soundtrack. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre was supposed to come out with a duet album Heltah Skeltah, but it never was released. Either way, NWA is one of the greatest groups ever assembled, so let’s celebrate by listening to Straight Outta Compton.
What do you think about NWA? How about their debut album, Straight Outta Compton? What’s your favorite track off the album? Leave a comment below about anything related to NWA and Rest in Peace to Eazy-E.