Straight Outta Compton (studio album) by N.W.A

Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A
Year: 1988
Overall rank: 476th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 615 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1988 (8th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (67th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (476th)
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NWA - "Straight Outta Compton" CD 1988 Ruthless Records Ice Cube Easy E MC Ren
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 9h 5m 29s
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Condition: New
Time left: 17h 6m 37s
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Straight Outta Compton - Exclusive Limited Edition Red Colored Vinyl LP NWA DRE
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79/100 (from 615 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.6/100, a mean average of 76.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.2.

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From 03/21/2020 03:33
This platter is a nifty lil toe tapper. Just right to enjoy with a glass of mineral water (with honey) in a warm bath.
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From 05/26/2019 18:17
I enjoy this album first time I heard this album was on tape passed around junior high the year it came out someone recorded on a blank tape passed it around and now I own it on vinyl. The subject matter is a listen but its like watching a violent movie its like listening to Slayer its not that listening to evil makes us evil its like watching a scary movie
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From 02/04/2019 09:29
Seminal Rap album that is incorrectly labelled as the 1st Gangsta Rap release , rather it was the first Gangsta Rap album to garner mainstream success largely on word of mouth and infamy. Interestingly success was found mainly in the homes of disenfranchised white males rather than the black community

For a group that really only released 2 albums proper before internal bickering tore them apart , N.W.A's influence on the gene cannot be underestimated

This album is essential listening for all music fans
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From 01/05/2019 13:56
What a superb album. Energy. Provocative. Great beats and tunes. Smart lyrics. Great delivery. The Gangsta of Ice Cube and I love the whine of Easy
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From 10/17/2018 21:26
Not an outright masterpiece but it is a breakthrough for hip hop production (Dre's talents are really noticeable here). The rapping is just ok pretty much everywhere EXCEPT for when the excellent Ice Cube takes the mic... the whole project is elevated by Cube's energy.
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From 06/05/2018 05:12
One of the most important album in hip hop. Unfortunately it is not well tied-up together. Some forgettable moments and some classic moments.
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From 04/14/2018 04:52
Slightly overrated (I think Public Enemy's ITANOMTHUB is more influential for gangster rap and hip hop in general) but great album. Opening three tracks are solid gold.
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From 02/19/2018 21:53
NWA kicks open the door and then proceeds to quietly mutter to itself for the remainder of the album.
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From 11/18/2017 15:25
Blueprint for rap and hip-hop of the 90s, sadly it havent aged well and the lyrics feel less impactful now than in the 80s. But the good songs, are REALLY good.
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