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Straight out of Compton came five individuals who would change the course of hip-hop and music history forever. In the small amount of time N.W.A. was together as a group, they’ve managed to influence extreme feelings of love and hate (to both critics and fans) through their amazing storytelling abilities. Last week’s premiere on the group’s biopic Straight Outta Compton showed us that they were a force to be reckon with. View our slideshow to find out more about N.W.A’s iconic rise as the most dangerous (and later beloved) group in music history.

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Who were N.W.A?

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N.W.A aka Niggaz Wit Attitudes was a American hip-hop group from the inner city of Compton, California. Recognized for their controversy lyrics, they became a voice for disenfranchised African-Americans and placed a spotlight on the chain events that occurred in their city.  


“City of Compton…”

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Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles and it’s one of the oldest cities in the county. The city is known as the home of many famous rappers and home for gang violence in addition to its middle-class living environment.