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.

Versions (76)

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
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, 842442-4 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) 4th & Broadway, Priority Records, Ruthless Records, Island Records BRCA 534, 842442-4 UK & Europe 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
4XL57102, 4XL 57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL57102, 4XL 57102 US 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(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 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(2xLP, Album, RE) Priority Records 7243 5 37936 1 6 Europe 2002 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
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
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, 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, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 72435-37936-2-3 Canada 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
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, 180) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 509995-11239-1-8 US 2007 Sell This Version
509995-11239-1-8 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 20t) Priority Records, Ruthless Records 509995-11239-1-8 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
509995-11240-2-1 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM, 20t) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 509995-11240-2-1 US 2007 Sell This Version
509995-11240-2-1 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM, 20t) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 509995-11240-2-1 US 2007 Sell This Version
509995 14157 23 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM, 20t) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 509995 14157 23 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
50999-5-11241-2-0 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM, 20t) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 50999-5-11241-2-0 US 2007 Sell This Version
509995 14157 23 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM, 20t) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, EMI 509995 14157 23 Argentina 2007 Sell This Version
none, 50999 215606 2 0 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM, 20t) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Gala Records (5) none, 50999 215606 2 0 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
5 099951 4157 23 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RP, 20t) Priority Records, Ruthless Records 5 099951 4157 23 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
none N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CDr, Album, Promo, 20t) Priority Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version
none N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, 20t) Priority Records none US 2007 Sell This Version
509995 14157 23 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RP, 20t) Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI 509995 14157 23 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
509995 14157 23 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RP, 20t) 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-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
UICY-15445 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records UICY-15445 Japan 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
0600753469958 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE, 180) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 0600753469958 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0600753469958 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE, RP, 180) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 0600753469958 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
PIRA0023 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(8-Trk, Unofficial) Pirata Records (4) PIRA0023 Mexico 2018 Sell This Version
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US Unknown Sell This Version
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, Club, RP) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 US Unknown 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 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
BRCD 534, 842 442-2 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RP) 4th & Broadway, Island Records, Ruthless Records, Priority Records BRCD 534, 842 442-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
509995 14157 23 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RP, 20t) Priority Records, Ruthless Records 509995 14157 23 Europe Unknown 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 Unknown Sell This Version
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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hardcore76

hardcore76

December 15, 2018
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, 842 442-1
Any idea if this was 1988 release, if not what year this was released?
Scr4ppy

Scr4ppy

September 22, 2018
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, B0019004-01
I bought my copy of this sealed, and the sound quality is pretty good. However, my copy came slightly warped and there were a few finger print/grease smudges on it? Not really sure how that happened at the factory but whatever, gave it a quick clean and it was fine.
cudwortho

cudwortho

June 25, 2018
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, SL 57102
Did this record include a generic white sleeve or was it something else?
waxhoarder

waxhoarder

May 7, 2018
edited 7 months ago
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, B0019004-01

I just received a new/sealed copy of this. Previous commenter asked for a comparison to the original release which I can't do but I'm spinning it on a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB with an Ortofon 2M Blue + Lounge Audio LCR MKIII preamp. Nowhere near as bad as reported but yeah, the noise floor is higher than I'd like. The vinyl itself is nice and flat, no warping or sharp edges. Channel separation is great and the mix is good - overall I'd give it a 7 out of 10. if the noise floor was silent it'd be a 9. I wouldn't say avoid it at ALL costs, I'd say avoid it at HIGH costs - got mine for $13 and I'd say avoid if cost is over $20.
supersam032

supersam032

March 29, 2018
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, B0019004-01
Anybody else have a review in regards to pressing/sound quality on this release? Hopefully a comparison to the original US release and a note as to the TT you're using. Thanks!
jeremy56

jeremy56

March 24, 2018
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, BRLP 534
Not sure if this version is the first or second UK pressing on the Island label. My copy has a bright pink text on black obi???? Anybody???
DOCTOR_DIATRIBE23

DOCTOR_DIATRIBE23

February 17, 2018
edited 10 months ago
referencing Straight Outta Compton, Cass, Album, 4XL57102, 4XL 57102

My friend Ben luckily went to the States back in 1988.
Jealous was not the right word to use! But when he came back to school after the holidays he came up to me and said:
"I bought this hip hop tape when I was out there in America and I don't really like it but you will!"
So after a quick negotiation, I gave him £5.
Also, he had the newest Nike trainers.
White with the classic red swoosh and two velcro straps (no laces).
I paid him £15 for both products.
Happy?
Nah.
Ecstatic more like!
This is no boast (I have no ego) but I was probably one of the first fortunate people to have a copy of this classic LP on cassette.
Now at the age of 45 years, I still love this album.
Obviously, as I have matured, certain lyrics have not aged well as they are very sexist.
But all in all the music production is amazing!
The amen break sampled on this album really was the first to bring it to the people!
Jungle Techno Hardcore Rave Darkside from the UK would not be the same without it.
Also what is important about this album is the fact that there was no beef between the west and east coast.
Why?
Because the whole LP is littered with plenty of east coast hip-hop samples.
Fresh for 2018 you suckers! Hahahahaha. Peace ;)
P.s. did Quiet On Tha Set influence Gunshot, the amazingly great UK Hip Hop act from the early 90's?
MrJR0986

MrJR0986

February 14, 2018
referencing Straight Outta Compton, CD, Album, RE, RM, 20t, 509995-11240-2-1

Horribly compressed and loud. Awful sounding release. This release is a victim of the loudness war. This album did not need another remaster, as it was all ready remastered in 2002. That version is better than this, but still has less dynamic range than original master releases.
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.