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 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

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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
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
BRCA 534 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) Priority Records, Inc. BRCA 534 Malaysia 1988 Sell This Version
4XL57102 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) Priority Records 4XL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
410 268 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records 410 268 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
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BRLP 534 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, 4th & Broadway BRLP 534 UK 1988 Sell This Version
210 286 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) Priority Records, 4th & Broadway 210 286 Germany 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(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
4XL57112, 4XL 57112 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, Cle) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL57112, 4XL 57112 US 1989 Sell This Version
842 442-4 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Island Records 842 442-4 Australasia 1989 Sell This Version
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BRLP 534 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, 4th & Broadway BRLP 534 Italy 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, 842 442-2 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Island Records BRCD 534, 842 442-2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BRCA 534 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Priority Records, Ruthless Records, Island Records BRCA 534 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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BRCD 534 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, 4th & Broadway BRCD 534 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TOCP-7017 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, DJ: TOCP-7017 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
7243 5 37936 1 6, 72435-37936-1-6 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(2xLP, Album, RE) Capitol Records, Priority Records, Ruthless Records 7243 5 37936 1 6, 72435-37936-1-6 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
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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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B0019004-01 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE) UMe, Priority Records, Ruthless Records B0019004-01 US 2013 Sell This Version
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842 442-2 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Island Records 842 442-2 Australasia Unknown Sell This Version
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gotozerobassman

gotozerobassman

May 28, 2021
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, B0019004-01
Noisy as hell! Mastered very low...had to turn it WAY up!
BluestopyGER

BluestopyGER

March 25, 2021
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753469958
Anyone know the sound quality of this pressing ? this one seems to be one of the cheapest ones of this album
gee.siber

gee.siber

March 19, 2021
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753469958

Quality 180g vinyl and it sounds great. Packaging looks very original.
lotr121

lotr121

March 16, 2021
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, B0019004-01

Pretty great pressing, mastering done at BM, can’t really go wrong at all, nicely done. Wish this reissue included 8-Ball, but it wasn’t on the original. One of the best best West Coast LPs-started it all
Grateful13

Grateful13

March 10, 2021
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, SL 57102

First of all-You must own this album. One of The Best Gangsta Rap Albums Of All Time, if not Thee Best. I stole it on tape in ‘88 and have owned probably double digit amounts of copies both on tape and CD since. Years later, I split a lot of Vinyl with a Friend and I chose N.W.A & The Posse as my pick of 20 albums spread across the floor. After looking in the sleeve a while later, I realized I had the First Press of Straight Outta Compton! Yeah...Nice score, right? Now alls I need is a Sleeve. Does anyone have one that they are willing to part with? &, why doesn’t Discogs offer a section or way for people to buy/sell just the Sleeve of an album? There has got to be a lot of people in the same situation as me with a lot of different albums. P.S.-No, I will not sell it
loganmangos

loganmangos

February 13, 2021
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, B0019004-01

A true classic hip-hop album. The pressing looks great and sounds great. I’d definitely recommend picking up this album if you are a huge hip-hop head.
mf_goon

mf_goon

January 17, 2021
edited 5 months ago
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, B0019004-01

I haven’t heard the original pressing so I can’t compare to that, but this pressing sounds much better than the 20th anniversary edition - heavy bass, and the vocals sound full and clean
nevardreik

nevardreik

September 26, 2020
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753469958

Great pressing, no complaints here. The record itself sounds killer!
mysteriisdomsathanas

mysteriisdomsathanas

August 8, 2020
referencing Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition), 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 509995-11239-1-8
This brings back memories! One of the first records I ever purchased.
RoryHoy

RoryHoy

June 2, 2020
referencing Straight Outta Compton, CD, Album, Cle, CDL 57112
The clean version of this is hilarious. It's painfully obvious when the cuss words are replaced with PG-Rated substitutes or back masked, but it's worth it as a comedic collector's item for N.W.A. (Or as Ice Cube says in the clean version of the title track, S.D.G.W.A.A - Stupid Dope Gang With An Attitude) fans! It also, unfortunately lacks a family-friendly version of their most famous track 'F**k Tha Police', but Adam Buxton has you covered for that (YouTube it, it's so funny).