This week marks the 25th anniversary of N.W.A’s legendary “Straight Outta Compton.” In 1988, rap music sounded nothing like N.W.A. To the mainstream music fan, rap was the frat-boy antics of the Beastie Boys, the hardline political activism of Public Enemy, and an assortment of jokers and boastful urban youth.
It’s hard to put “Straight Out Of Compton” into perspective today, but at the time it was the most dangerous, confrontational, and controversial music of the decade. N.W.A shifted the focus from the East coast to the West as the epicenter of hip hop, and set the tone for what the genre would become over the following decade.
To celebrate the anniversary of this landmark album, your Slacker curators have put together a station that features N.W.A’s most critical tracks, solo tracks from Eazy, Dre, and Ice Cube, and all of the artists that they came up with and influenced. Listen here.
N.W.A changed hip hop forever, and they are Slacker’s Artist of the Week.