Kiefer’s Music Mondays: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

They don’t call ’em “The World’s Most Dangerous Group” for nothing

Released almost 31 years ago in 1988, N.W.A.’s seminal debut, Straight Outta Compton, is a visceral interpretation of a generation, a people, a region, a lifestyle and a genre that took the globe by storm, led by seven fearless young men from a part of the country nobody wanted to discuss: the hood.

In the 1980s we had never thought that rap would be such an important display of social commentary, and I don’t think we’ve used the medium as well since.

Despite the title track’s prominence, a lot of the best moments of this album have been lost to time, social politics and suburban popularity. From MC Ren’s depiction of a self-consuming anti-Reaganomics community in “Compton’s N the House,” Ice Cube ‘s gut-punching narrative of an autonomous Central Los Angeles lifestyle in “I Ain’t Tha One,” DJ Yella’s hyped-up funk on “Parental Discretion Iz Advised” and Dr. Dre’s smooth synth jazz on “If It Ain’t Ruff,” to every hard-to-swallow line of Eazy-muthafuckin-E are emblematic of what we now consider West Coast rap.

This album is near and dear to my heart. It evokes a sensation of strong emotional angst, as well as secular spiritual nostalgia for Western America. My personal favorite is Dre’s tongue-in-cheek “Express Yourself,” a humorous analysis of the past, present and future of hip-hop and the decline of ethnic tradition. He couldn’t have been more right.

Straight Outta Compton is not a story, it’s a statement. It turned the industry on its head, ruffled feathers at the F.B.I. and coined the phrase “Fuck Tha Police,” which incited riots and united rival gangs with a mindset best described by the name of their record company: Ruthless.

Straight Outta Compton will go down as the single most integral album in the chronicle of gangsta rap, and one of the most iconic albums in hip-hop history.

Listen to: “Straight Outta Compton,” “Express Yourself,” “Parental Discretion Iz Advised”

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N.W.A , "Straight Outta Compton", 1988 🧢🕶🎧 Released almost 31 years ago, Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A was a visceral interpretation of a generation, a people, a region, a lifestyle, and even a genre that took the entire globe by storm with the sound of 7 young African Americans from a part of America nobody wanted to discuss: the hood. In the 1980s we had never thought that rap or hip-hop would be such an important display of social commentary, and I dont think we've used the medium as well since. Despite the titular track's prominence and forwardness, a lot of the best moments of this album have been lost to time, social politics, and the suburban idea of popularity. From MC Ren 's depiction of a self-consuming anti-Reaganomics community in "Compton's N the House" to Ice Cube 's gutt-punching narrative of an autonomous lifestyle in Central Los Angeles in "I Ain't Tha One"; DJ Yella's hyped up funk on "Parental Discretion Iz Advised" and Dr Dre's smooth synth jazz tunes on "If it Ain't Ruff" are both indicative of what we now consider West Coast rap; all the way through every line of Eazy-muthafuckin-E's tough pill to swallow vocals… it is ever prominent that Straight Outta Compton is not a story, it's a statement! My personal favorite track is Dr. Dre's tongue in cheek "Express Yourself": a detailed humerous analysis of the past, present, and future of hip-hop and the decline of ethnic tradition and depiction in the social platform. He couldn't have been more right. This single album turned the industry on its head, leading to letters from the F.B.I. and eventual turn of the phrase "Fuck Tha Police" that incited riots and united rival gangs with a mindset best described by the name of the record company Ruthless. We heard an album that was no doors barred no shots held, and we loved it! Straight Outta Compton will forever go down as the singlemost integral hip-hop album in the chronicle of gangsta rap as well as one of the most celebrated albums in the music industry. Listen to: "Straight Outta Compton", "Express Yourself", & "Parental Discretion Iz Advised" ✌💚💿 #KiefersMusicMondays #FastForwardFridaze

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