N.W.A.

Real Name:
Niggaz Wit Attitudes
Profile:
American group, seminal purveyors of the gangsta rap sub-genre. NWA stands for "Niggaz Wit Attitudes". They were active from 1986 to 1991, and for a short period in 1999/2000.

NWA released "Panic Zone / Dope Man / 8-Ball" in 1987 on Macola Records, which was later included on the compilation "N.W.A. And The Posse". The group was still in its developing stages, and only credited on four of the eleven tracks, notably the uncharacteristic electro-hop record "Panic Zone", "8-Ball", and "Dopeman", which marked the first collaboration of The Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Hispanic rapper Krazy Dee co-wrote "Panic Zone", which was originally called "Hispanic Zone", but the title was later changed when Dr. Dre advised Krazy-Dee that the word "hispanic" would hinder sales. Also included was Eazy-E's solo track "Boyz-n-the Hood".

In 1988, rapper MC Ren joined NWA, and later that year the group released their debut album "Straight Outta Compton". Though not a success at first, "Straight Outta Compton" helped pave the way for the emerging gangsta rap scene in the 1980s, and reached number 37 in the Billboard Top 200 in May 1989, while it reached number 9 on Billboard's Top Soul LPs. The album managed to sell over three million copies without any airplay, and spawned three singles, two of them charting successfully: "Straight Outta Compton", "Gangsta Gangsta", and "Express Yourself".

Ice Cube left in December 1989 over royalty disputes; having written almost half of the lyrics on "Straight Outta Compton" himself, he felt he was not getting a fair share of the money and profits. He wasted little time putting together his solo debut, "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" (1990), but he avoided mentioning his former label mates. Instead of breaking up, NWA decided to continue without Ice Cube, releasing the EP "100 Miles And Runnin'" (1990), which went platinum. Their 1991 follow-up album "Efil4zaggin" (also referred to as "Niggaz4Life") was the first hip-hop full-length album to reach number one on the Billboard 200. Shortly after the release of "Efil4zaggin", NWA disbanded.

All members continued making music since then, with Dr. Dre going solo, and Eazy-E running Ruthless Records and releasing more music, until he died of AIDS in 1995.
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Albums

BRCA 534, 842442-4 Straight Outta Compton — N.W.A. N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton (Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records BRCA 534, 842442-4 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
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TOCP-6843, CDL-57126 Efil4zaggin — N.W.A. N.W.A* Efil4zaggin (Album, Comp) Ruthless Records, Priority Records TOCP-6843, CDL-57126 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
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7243 8 46881 4 1 Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute — N.W.A. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute (Comp, Album) Priority Records 7243 8 46881 4 1 Poland 1998 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

MRC-1034 Panic Zone / Dope Man / 8-Ball — N.W.A. N.W.A. Panic Zone / Dope Man / 8-Ball Ruthless Records MRC-1034 US 1987 Sell This Version
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none Gangsta Gangsta — N.W.A. N.W.A* Gangsta Gangsta (Maxi, Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records none UK 1988 Sell This Version
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PROMO 1 F.T.P. — N.W.A. N.W.A. F.T.P. Not On Label (N.W.A.) PROMO 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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VL7216, VL 7216 Boyz-N-The-Hood / Dopeman — N.W.A. Eazy-E / N.W.A* Eazy-E / N.W.A* - Boyz-N-The-Hood / Dopeman (Maxi) Ruthless Records, Ruthless Records VL7216, VL 7216 US 1989 Sell This Version
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BRW 144 Express Yourself — N.W.A. N.W.A* Express Yourself (Maxi, Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records BRW 144 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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BRCA 200 878556-4 100 Miles And Runnin' — N.W.A. N.W.A. 100 Miles And Runnin' (Single) 4th & Broadway, Island Records, Ruthless Records, Priority Records BRCA 200 878556-4 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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EMZ-772 100 Miles And Runnin' — N.W.A. N.W.A* 100 Miles And Runnin' (EP, Maxi) Ruthless Records, Priority Records EMZ-772 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
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4PRO 6613 Appetite For Destruction — N.W.A. N.W.A. Appetite For Destruction (Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4PRO 6613 US 1991 Sell This Version
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PCDS 6601 Alwayz Into Somethin' — N.W.A. N.W.A. Alwayz Into Somethin' (Single) 4th & Broadway, Island Records, Ruthless Records PCDS 6601 US 1991 Sell This Version
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SPRO 30080 Greatest Hits — N.W.A. N.W.A. Greatest Hits (Comp) Priority Records, Ruthless Records SPRO 30080 US 1996 Sell This Version
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SPRO 81104 Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute — N.W.A. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute (Maxi) Priority Records SPRO 81104 US 1998 Sell This Version
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DPRO 81120, 08724 81120 23 Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute Sampler — N.W.A. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute Sampler Priority Records DPRO 81120, 08724 81120 23 US 1998 Sell This Version
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PTYLP DJ 163 10th Anniversary Tribute Album Sampler — N.W.A. N.W.A* 10th Anniversary Tribute Album Sampler(12", Promo, Yel) Priority Records, Virgin PTYLP DJ 163 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
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SPRO 81302, PVL 38683 Gangsta Gangsta / Dopeman (Drum & Bass Mixes) — N.W.A. N.W.A. Gangsta Gangsta / Dopeman (Drum & Bass Mixes) (Single) Priority Records, Playland Records SPRO 81302, PVL 38683 US 1999 Sell This Version
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SPRO 81317 Chin Check — N.W.A. N.W.A. Chin Check (Single) Priority Records SPRO 81317 US 2000 Sell This Version
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NWA 001, 7243 551487 6 6, NWA001 Express Yourself (Extended 12 N.W.A* Express Yourself (Extended 12" mix) Priority Records NWA 001, 7243 551487 6 6, NWA001 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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DPROBeef1 Let's Go / Fuck Tha Police — N.W.A. Warren G / N.W.A. Warren G / N.W.A. - Let's Go / Fuck Tha Police (Single) MSC Entertainment DPROBeef1 US 2003 Sell This Version
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AMIX002 Gangster Gangster / Sexual Healing — N.W.A. N.W.A. / Alibi* N.W.A. / Alibi* - Gangster Gangster / Sexual Healing Aphrodite Mix AMIX002 UK 2005 Sell This Version
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Compilations

CDL57119 N.W.A. And The Posse — N.W.A. N.W.A. & Various N.W.A. & Various - N.W.A. And The Posse (Comp) Priority Records, Ruthless Records CDL57119 US 1989 Sell This Version
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P2 50561 Greatest Hits — N.W.A. N.W.A* Greatest Hits (Comp) Priority Records, Ruthless Records P2 50561 US 1996 Sell This Version
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P4 51112 The N.W.A Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998 — N.W.A. N.W.A. The N.W.A Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998 (Comp) Priority Records P4 51112 US 1999 Sell This Version
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7243 5 37937 2 2, 72435-37937-2-2, 5379372 Efil4zaggin / 100 Miles And Runnin' — N.W.A. N.W.A* Efil4zaggin / 100 Miles And Runnin' (Comp) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Capitol Records 7243 5 37937 2 2, 72435-37937-2-2, 5379372 Europe 2002 Sell This Version