N.W.A* ‎– Straight Outta Compton

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Album Sales: 3,000,000
First Release Date: August 1988

The debut album by N.W.A, "Straight Outta Compton" is now best remembered as the pioneering record of gangsta rap; with its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics, it helped to give birth to this then-new sub-genre of hip hop. It has been considered groundbreaking by music writers and has had an enormous impact on the evolution of West Coast hip hop. "Straight Outta Compton" redefined the direction of hip hop, which resulted in lyricism concerning the gangsta lifestyle becoming the driving force in sales figures. It also helped to shift the power to the West Coast from the East Coast, which had enjoyed a period of prominence in hip hop for most of the 1980s.

Despite not being a success at first and the lack of airplay, "Straight Outta Compton" sold over three million copies, thanks to the hits "Straight Outta Compton", "Gangsta Gangsta" and "Express Yourself". The album itself reached number 37 in the Billboard Top 200 in the spring of 1989, while it reached number 9 on Billboard's Top Soul LPs.

The original version of "Compton's N The House" was only to be found on the Eazy-Duz-It / Ruthless Villain / Radio / Compton's N The House cassette single; it was not pressed on the 12" vinyl version of the single.

Tracklist

Straight Outta Compton 4:18
_ _ _ _ Tha Police (Fill In The Blanks) 5:46
Gangsta Gangsta 5:36
If It Ain't Ruff 3:34
Parental Discretion Iz Advised 5:15
Express Yourself 4:25
Compton's N The House (Remix) 5:20
I Ain't Tha 1 4:54
Dopeman (Remix) 5:20
Quiet On Tha Set 3:59

Versions (70)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SL 57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records SL 57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
5-014474-053429 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records 5-014474-053429 US 1988 Sell This Version
BRCD 534 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) 4th & Broadway, Island Records, Ruthless Records, Priority Records BRCD 534 UK 1988 Sell This Version
260 286 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Island Records, 4th & Broadway 260 286 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, Club) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, Lon) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
4XL57102, 4XL 57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL57102, 4XL 57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
842 442-4 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, 4th & Broadway, Island Records 842 442-4 France 1988 Sell This Version
7A410286 / 410286 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) 4th & Broadway, Island Records, Ruthless Records, Priority Records 7A410286 / 410286 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
BRCA 534 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) Priority Records, Inc. BRCA 534 Malaysia 1988 Sell This Version
4XL57112, 4XL 57112 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, Cle) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL57112, 4XL 57112 US 1988 Sell This Version
4XL57102, 4XL 57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, Club) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL57102, 4XL 57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
842 442-4 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Island Records 842 442-4 Australasia 1988 Sell This Version
BRLP 534 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, 4th & Broadway BRLP 534 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BRLP 534, 842 442-1 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) 4th & Broadway, Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Island Records BRLP 534, 842 442-1 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
BRLP 534 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, 4th & Broadway BRLP 534 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDL 57112 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton (Clean Version)(CD, Album, Cle) Ruthless Records CDL 57112 US 1989 Sell This Version
260 286 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Island Records 260 286 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
BRLP 534 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, 4th & Broadway BRLP 534 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
210 286 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) Priority Records, 4th & Broadway 210 286 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
5C 210286, 210 286 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway 5C 210286, 210 286 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
SL 57112 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE) Ruthless Records, Priority Records SL 57112 US 1989 Sell This Version
BRCD 534 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, 4th & Broadway BRCD 534 UK 1992 Sell This Version
7243 5 37936-1-6, 73435-37936 1 6 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(2xLP, Album, RE) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 7243 5 37936-1-6, 73435-37936 1 6 US 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 37936 1 6 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(2xLP, Album, RE) Priority Records 7243 5 37936 1 6 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
72435-37936-2-3 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 72435-37936-2-3 US 2002 Sell This Version
72435-37936-2-3 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) Priority Records 72435-37936-2-3 US 2002 Sell This Version
72435-37936-2-3 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 72435-37936-2-3 US 2002 Sell This Version
72435-37936-2-3 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 72435-37936-2-3 US 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 37936 2 3, 72435-37936-2-3, 5379362 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Capitol Records 7243 5 37936 2 3, 72435-37936-2-3, 5379362 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
72435-37936-2-3 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Capitol Records 72435-37936-2-3 Australasia 2002 Sell This Version
72435-37936-2-3 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 72435-37936-2-3 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
BRLP 534 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway BRLP 534 UK 2002 Sell This Version
509995-11239-1-8 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition)(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Priority Records, Ruthless Records 509995-11239-1-8 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
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none, 50999 215606 2 0 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Gala Records (5) none, 50999 215606 2 0 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
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50999-5-11241-2-0 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition)(CD, Album, RE, RM, Edi) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 50999-5-11241-2-0 US 2007 Sell This Version
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509995 14157 23 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition)(CD, Album, RE, RP) Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI 509995 14157 23 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
B0019004-01 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE) UMe, Priority Records, Ruthless Records B0019004-01 US 2013 Sell This Version
0600753469958 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE, 180) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 0600753469958 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
UICY-15445 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition)(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records UICY-15445 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UICY-76789 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Priority Records UICY-76789 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
B0023639-80 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE + Box, Ltd) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, UMe B0023639-80 US 2015 Sell This Version
B002309502 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RP) Ruthless Records, Priority Records B002309502 Canada 2015 Sell This Version
B0023095-02 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RP) Ruthless Records, Priority Records B0023095-02 US 2015 Sell This Version
B0022702-04 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, Ltd, RE, Bla) Priority Records, Ruthless Records, Priority Records LLC B0022702-04 US 2015 Sell This Version
B0022702-04 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Priority Records B0022702-04 US 2015 Sell This Version
STDGLDRTSV N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Priority Records STDGLDRTSV US 2015 Sell This Version
0600753469958 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE, 180) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 0600753469958 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
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BRCD 534, 842 442-2 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Island Records BRCD 534, 842 442-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CDL 57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL 57102 US Unknown Sell This Version
842 442-2 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Island Records 842 442-2 Australasia Unknown Sell This Version
7243 5 37936 2 3, 72435-37936-2-3, 5379362 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Capitol Records 7243 5 37936 2 3, 72435-37936-2-3, 5379362 US Unknown Sell This Version
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BRCA 534 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Priority Records, Ruthless Records, Island Records BRCA 534 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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842 442-1 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Island Records 842 442-1 Australia Unknown Sell This Version

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thedaynos

thedaynos

December 13, 2017
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753469958
I found the sound quality on this is really good, unlike other reviews. However, 2 things. First off the LABELS are flipped. So side 1 plays side 2 and side 2 plays side 1.
Also, yeah the cover is pretty pixelated but I didn't notice until I saw other people's reviews. I do like how (except for the new parental advisory mark), the front and back of the cover looks exactly like the OG cover. This album has the same track listing as OG vinyl as well, without any extra remixes or anything. It's a shame the cover is pixelated and the labels are switched. I'm gonna have to return this.
Minutius

Minutius

October 17, 2017
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, RP, 180, 0600753469958
Avoid this release! Not because of the music, but because the sound is so embarrassingly bad.
Annalipsi

Annalipsi

September 28, 2016
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753469958
Sound quality is good, the pressing respects the original release. But awfully pixelated cover print. What a shame!
jimhb

jimhb

July 1, 2016
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, B0019004-01
This version is horribly pressed at United (muddy with non-fill). The original cd sounds a lot better than this. Avoid this pressing at all costs.
p.p.vandam

p.p.vandam

June 27, 2016
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753469958

Avoid back to black pressings. They are awfull. As this one is.
stephencthomson

stephencthomson

January 5, 2016
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, SL 57102
Does the raised / embossed A on the label have any significance? Thanks in advance
Hot_Snake

Hot_Snake

June 8, 2015
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753469958
Can anybody comment on the sound/pressing quality/pressing plant of this? Is it worth buying?
ThaClown

ThaClown

March 9, 2015
referencing Straight Outta Compton, CD, Album, 5-014474-053429

The album that is generally accepted as the first in the 'Gangsta-rap' genre. Dr. Dre, Ice cube, Eazy E, MC Ren and DJ Yella set a new standard in 1988.
Every track sounds pumped up, well produced (for that time), violent and laid back at the same time.
The lyrics glorify the gang-life in the streets of Compton. In every track you can already hear the great rap-talent of every member, Ice Cube and Dre in particular.
There's a lot of profanity in the tracks, but that's how the street language already was back in the 80's. If you're into hip hop (even only a little bit), this is a must-listen.

Personal highlights of the album are 'Straight Outta Compton', 'Fuck the Police', 'Gangsta Gangsta' and 'Dopeman'.