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
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) 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
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, 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
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
BRCA 534 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) Priority Records, Inc. BRCA 534 Malaysia 1988 Sell This Version
410 268 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records 410 268 Germany 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
4XL57102, 4XL 57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, Club) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL57102, 4XL 57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
4XL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, Dol) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL57102 US 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
210286 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) Island Records 210286 France 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
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
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
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 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, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 7243 5 37936-1-6, 73435-37936 1 6 US 2002 Sell This Version
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none N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CDr, Advance, Album, Promo) Priority Records, Capitol Records none UK 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
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
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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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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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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
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B0022703-01 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Priority Records B0022703-01 US 2015 Sell This Version
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PIRA0023 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(8-Trk, Album, Unofficial) Pirata Records (4) PIRA0023 Mexico 2018 Sell This Version
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B0019004-01 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) UMe, Ruthless Records, Priority Records B0019004-01 US 2019 Sell This Version
0600753469958 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album, RE, RP, 180) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 0600753469958 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
509995 14157 23 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition)(CD, Album, RE, RP) Priority Records, Ruthless Records 509995 14157 23 Europe 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
CDL57102 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) Ruthless Records, Priority Records CDL57102 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
TOCP-7017 N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, DJ: TOCP-7017 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
7243 5 37936 2 3 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE, RM) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Capitol Records 7243 5 37936 2 3 Europe 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
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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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).
NintendoCraft

NintendoCraft

April 11, 2020
referencing Straight Outta Compton, Cass, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, B0022702-04
Great tape overall, very well packaged. However, if you have a setting on your player for chrome taps, I recommend selecting that, as the sound is a little harsh.
elosobozo

elosobozo

February 27, 2020
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, SL 57102
Hoping someone here can help. I just got a copy off of eBay. The run outs match up with the 1st press but the cover doesn’t have the parental advisory warning on the bottom right corner. Is that printed on or is it a sticker?
vcanidis

vcanidis

January 5, 2020
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753469958
Soulless sound,like the most reissues.
If you can compare it with the original,you'll hear the difference.
DJCVR

DJCVR

December 25, 2019
referencing Straight Outta Compton, Cass, Album, Cle, 4XL57112, 4XL 57112
I had to go back and check out some edited versions of classic hip-hop albums, because since a youth the censored hip-hop tape has always been a comedic oddity.
"Straight Outta Compton" far from dissapoints here . You can tell the World's Most Dangerous Group did not want to record this way before Eazy says he's "outta here" on "8 Ball". The re-write's are so hilarious, taking the venom and sting out of everything featured on the original record. I don't know how Cube did it - but the sheer existence of this record is a testament to that MC's pen (see : "Dopeman" turned from a glorification record into a PSA or the classic "I Aint Tha 1" - raw without even one expletive in sight) . And as for Dre letting some of the samples out of their loop as in on "8 Ball" or on "Something Like That" where MC Ren vocalizes how one of the samples at the end started late as oppossed to the original cut, moments like these make this version of "Straight Outta Compton" far from seminal, but still worth a listen, at least for a good laugh or two.
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mega_2122

mega_2122

November 21, 2019
referencing Straight Outta Compton, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 7243 5 37936-1-6, 73435-37936 1 6
Is this pressing good? Want a copy with all of the tracks intact, and the single LP releases have 2 tracks missing.
chromatic76

chromatic76

October 22, 2019
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, B0019004-01
The next re-pressing without the complete track listing. What´s the intention of the record labels? To buy the same in a color version? Haha...
moonparade

moonparade

October 14, 2019
referencing Straight Outta Compton, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, 0600753469958
Whats the word on the sound quality? Kind of a random pressing