N.W.A.

N.W.A.

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U.S. American group, seminal purveyors of the gangsta rap sub-genre. N.W.A. stands for "Niggaz Wit Attitudes." They were active from 1986 to 1991 and shortly in 1999/2000.

N.W.A 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 N.W.A. 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, 1990's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, but he avoided mentioning his former label mates. Instead of breaking up, N.W.A. decided to continue without Ice Cube, releasing the EP 100 Miles And Runnin', 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," N.W.A. 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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N.W.A. Discography Tracks

Albums

N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records Malaysia 1988 Sell This Version
N.W.A* Efil4zaggin (Album, Comp) Ruthless Records, Priority Records Germany 1991 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

N.W.A. Panic Zone / Dope Man / 8-Ball Ruthless Records US 1987 Sell This Version
N.W.A* Gangsta Gangsta (Maxi, Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
PROMO 1 N.W.A. F.T.P.(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Not On Label (N.W.A.) PROMO 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Eazy-E / N.W.A* Eazy-E / N.W.A* - Boyz-N-The-Hood / Dopeman (Maxi, Single) Ruthless Records, Ruthless Records US 1989 Sell This Version
N.W.A* Express Yourself (Maxi, Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
N.W.A* 100 Miles And Runnin' (EP, Single, Maxi) Ruthless Records, Priority Records Australia 1990 Sell This Version
N.W.A. Alwayz Into Somethin' (Maxi, Single) 4th & Broadway, Island Records US 1991 Sell This Version
N.W.A* 100 Miles And Runnin' (Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records US 1990 Sell This Version
N.W.A. Appetite For Destruction (Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records US 1991 Sell This Version
none N.W.A. The Dayz Of Wayback(CD, Promo, Single) Island Records, Priority Records, Ruthless Records, 4th & Broadway none US 1991 Sell This Version
SPRO 30080 N.W.A. Greatest Hits(12", Promo, Smplr) Priority Records, Ruthless Records SPRO 30080 US 1996 Sell This Version
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute (Maxi) Priority Records US 1998 Sell This Version
PTYLP DJ 163 N.W.A* 10th Anniversary Tribute Album Sampler(12", Promo, Yel) Priority Records, Virgin PTYLP DJ 163 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
SPRO 81120 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute Sampler(12", Promo) Priority Records SPRO 81120 US 1998 Sell This Version
N.W.A. Gangsta Gangsta / Dopeman (Drum & Bass Mixes) (Single) Priority Records, Playland Records US 1999 Sell This Version
N.W.A. Chin Check (Single) Priority Records US 2000 Sell This Version
N.W.A* Express Yourself / Straight Outta Compton / 100 Miles And Runnin EMI Records Ltd., Capitol Records, Priority Records UK 2002 Sell This Version
Warren G / N.W.A. Warren G / N.W.A. - Let's Go / Fuck Tha Police (Single) MSC Entertainment US 2003 Sell This Version
N.W.A. / Alibi* N.W.A. / Alibi* - Gangster Gangster / Sexual Healing Aphrodite Mix UK 2005 Sell This Version

Compilations

N.W.A., Various N.W.A., Various - N.W.A. And The Posse (Comp) Priority Records, Ruthless Records UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
N.W.A* Greatest Hits (Comp) Priority Records, Ruthless Records US 1996 Sell This Version
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute (Comp, Album) Priority Records US 1998 Sell This Version
N.W.A. The N.W.A Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998 (Clean Version) (Comp) Priority Records US 1999 Sell This Version