Artist Details

N.W.A.

biography

In 1988, with the double-platinum album Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A brought gangsta rap into the mainstream. The group reflected the rising anger of the urban youth in South Central Los Angeles and endured a lot of controversy due to their explicit lyrics that many considered to be glorifying gang life, drugs, and crime. At the height of their popularity the group consisted of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella. Following a financial dispute with then manager Jerry Heller, Ice Cube departed from the group and went solo. Dr. Dre followed soon thereafter and co-founded Death Row Records. Although the group disbanded in 1991, they remain one of the most influential groups in music history.