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Straight Outta Compton

The album that gives this musical biopic its name has been heralded as one of the most important in popular music. Straight Outta Compton (1988), by the Los Angeles rap outfit N.W.A. ("Niggaz Wit Attitudes"), thrust gangsta rap (or as characters in the film sometimes call it, "reality rap") into the mainstream, combining Dr. Dre's funk-fused production style with some of the most violent, enraged lyrics ever heard. The first three tracks, "Straight Outta Compton," "Fuck tha Police," and "Gangsta Gangsta" became particularly notorious for their murderous allusions. Critics called the record thuggish, unlistenable, and unmusical. Fans said it spoke the truth. The album sold three million copies. Continue reading >>



  • F. Gary Gray


  • O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Corey Hawkins
  • Jason Mitchell
  • Neil Brown Jr.
  • Aldis Hodge
  • Marlon Yates Jr.
  • R. Taylor
  • Alexandra Shipp
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Elena Goode
  • Keith Powers
  • Joshua Brockington
  • Sheldon Smith
  • Lakeith Stanfield
  • Cleavon McClendon III
  • Aeriel Miranda


  • Ice Cube
  • Tomica Woods-Wright
  • Matt Alvarez
  • F. Gary Gray
  • Scott Bernstein
  • Dr. Dre
  • Will Packer
  • Adam Merims
  • David Engel
  • Bill Straus
  • Thomas Tull
  • Jon Jashni

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