On 8/8/88, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, Eazy E, along with the legendary Dr. Dre of World Class Wreckin ‘Crew put together NWA’s second album called Straight from Compton. This album came shortly after the debut release of Eazy E, Eazy E, and The Posse, prompting Eazy E and his Ruthless Records partner Jerry Heller to put out another release exploiting the gang culture that saturated the West Coast. giving birth to what is known as ‘gangsta rap’. Their debut release, NWA and the gang I was already certified and had anticipated fans around the world for the second time.
Some of the most deadly and direct lyrical attacks can be heard on tracks like the remix of “Dopeman”, “Gangsta Gangsta” and the anti-police anthem “Fuck The Police”. What made this album so unique was that it rose to platinum status with no radio play or major promotion. The album even caught the attention of the federal government, with the FBI and the United States Secret Service sending letters to Ruthless about the violent message of “Fuck The Police.” NWA’s popularity with the law increased its fan base and record sales. This album was also when Dr. Dre was officially recognized as the legendary producer he has become today. Races on both coasts and everywhere were built on the Straight Outta Compton prototype.
The Source salutes Cube, Ren, Dre, the Wright family, DJ Yella and the Arab prince for this unforgettable masterpiece!