This page is about the rap group; NWA can also mean Northwest Airlines or National Wrestling Alliance.
Straight Outta Compton album cover

N.W.A (the abbreviation stands for Niggaz with Attitude) was a hip hop group that popularized gangsta rap with the groundbreaking Straight Outta Compton (1989) album, a vicious hardcore record that became an underground hit notorious for its hardcore lyrics, especially those of "Fuck Tha Police," which resulted in Milt Ahlerich, an assistant director of the FBI sending a letter to Ruthless Records and its parent company Priority, advising the rappers that the law enforcement took "exception to such action (fucking the police)." The FBI's letter only served to draw more publicity to the group.

Ice Cube was one of the major MCs in the group, as well as its most outspoken member, until he left the group in 1989.

On both the 1990 EP 100 Miles and Runnin' and the 1991 album Efil4zaggin ("Niggaz 4 Life" spelled backwards), Dr. Dre created dense, funky sonic landscapes (which presaged his innovative G-funk sound). Combined with Eazy E's humorous lyrics and MC Ren's socially-charged raps, NWA remained at the top of the hip hop charts.

Members of the band included:

NWA was the core group of a much larger rapping collective, most members of which were signed to NWA's label Ruthless. King T, CPO, The D.O.C., Above The Law and Kokane were all part of this larger group most members of which have a lasting reputation on the west coast, though not as big as that of any of the NWA members.

Since the group split in the early 1990s, Dr. Dre has enjoyed a success as both a rapper and record producer for the likes of Snoop Doggy Dogg and Eminem. Ice Cube has been successful as both a rapper and film actor. Eazy E died in 1995 from an AIDS related illness.

Though NWA itself released only two full albums, its impact has been enormous, with its legacy enduring in the solo careers of the members. This is especially true of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

The track "Express Yourself" from Straight Outta Compton was featured in the video games Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas .


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