27)NWA – Straight Outta Compton

Song: Straight Outta Compton

Album: Straight Outta Compton

Year: 1988

Though they grew up to be perfectly upstanding gentlemen for the most part, NWA was America’s worst nightmare brought to life. Left to their own devices, feeling alone and unloved in the world, (black) teens lash out against society, sometimes taking on a kill or be killed survival mentality and that’s what NWA was acting out. It still amazes me to note that Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre started out in a rap group together and all became legends in their own right. I was late on the NWA ship but I recognize their overall importance and significance viewed through this time capsule.

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