The rap group was so hated, they became a common enemy for liberals and right-wing extremists alike for their obscenity-laden rhymes about life in Compton filled with gang-banging, drugs and police brutality.nwasoc
25 years after the release of their seminal release of “Straight Outta Compton”, the group is being celebrated with the release of a new biopic about their undeniable impact on popular culture, as well as the truth behind the curse words in their lyrics that played out in front of the world like the current #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Once hated and harassed, now N.W.A. is making the transition to acceptance, acclaim and an imminent induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.
N.W.A. or Niggaz Wit Attitudes entered the late 1980’s rap scene with New York rap acts controlling the rap market with acts like Public Enemy, who had just released their It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, which was an opus, produced by Hank Shocklee and the Bomb Squad, full of a righteous indignation and rebellion. Rap acts like Brand Nubians, Boogie Down Productions and De La Soul ruled the airwaves with consciousness and intelligence set to the East Coast boom-bap beats.
The release of Straight Outta Compton shook the entire landscape of rap music.
In a sense, N.W.A. was as political and insightful as Public Enemy, but their rhymes and additional subject matter was far more edgy and more, well, ratchet, for a lack of a better word. It was the best of ratchetnwanoyella meets righteousness ever heard at that time.
N.W.A. screamed “Fuck Tha Police” in the face of the crooked L.A.P.D. who were murdering young, Black men in the street operating in a manner far more gangster than the Bloods or Crips. The residents of the inner-cities of Los Angeles had no voice – N.W.A. filled that void.
They were the CNN of the ghetto, exposing the harsh, brutal codes that had to be lived by just to survive.
Date Posted: Monday, August 17th, 2015 , Total Page Views: 964
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