Exhibits_RockHall_NWA

Louder Than Words

N.W.A was a Compton, California-based hip-hop group widely considered one of the seminal acts of gangsta rap. Rappers Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and MC Ren would all go on to be stars in their own right. N.W.A. released the groundbreaking album, Straight Outta Compton, in 1988. The album reflected the rising anger of urban youth and addressed themes such as police brutality and racial profiling, especially on the tracks “Straight Outta Compton” and “Fuck tha Police.” The explicit and anti-establishment nature of their lyrics banned them from many mainstream U.S. radio stations and drew the attention of high-level law enforcement. (Collection of Priority Records)

Letter from the FBI to Priority Records, 1989

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