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American group, seminal purveyors of the gangsta rap sub-genre. NWA stands for "Niggaz Wit Attitudes". They were active from 1986 to 1991, and for a short period in 1999/2000. NWA 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 NWA, 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, "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" (1990), but he avoided mentioning his former label mates. Instead of breaking up, NWA decided to continue without Ice Cube, releasing the EP "100 Miles And Runnin'" (1990), 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", NWA 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.

Popular Tracks   
Straight Outta Compton on Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
Fuck Tha Police on Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
Chin Check on The Best Of N.W.A: The Strength Of Street Knowledge by N.W.A.
Express Yourself on Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
Gangsta Gangsta on Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
Alwayz Into Somethin' on Efil4zaggin by N.W.A.
A Bitch Iz A Bitch on Express Yourself by N.W.A.
Dope Man on N.W.A. And The Posse by N.W.A.
Appetite For Destruction on Efil4zaggin by N.W.A.
Appetite For Destruction on The Best Of N.W.A: The Strength Of Street Knowledge by N.W.A.

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Straight Outta ComptonN.W.A.2015Album
N.W.A. And Their Family TreeN.W.A.2008Compil.
Greatest HitzN.W.A.2007Compil.
Efil4zaggin / Straight Outta ComptonN.W.A.2007Compil.
The Best Of N.W.A "The Strength Of Street Knowledge"N.W.A.2006Compil.
Gangster Gangster / Sexual HealingN.W.A. / The Alibi2005Album
NWA Classics Vol. 1N.W.A.2004Album
Let's Go / Fuck Tha PoliceWarren G / N.W.A.2003Single
Straight Outta Compton / Efil4zagginN.W.A.2003Album
Express Yourself / Straight Outta Compton / 100 Miles And RunninN.W.A.2002Album
Efil4zaggin / 100 Miles And Runnin'N.W.A.2002Compil.
Chin CheckN.W.A.2000Album
Gangsta Gangsta / Dopeman (Drum & Bass Mixes)N.W.A.1999Album
The Classic CollectionN.W.A.1999Compil.
Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute (Sampler)N.W.A.1998Album
Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary TributeN.W.A.1998Single
Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute SamplerN.W.A.1998Album
Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary TributeN.W.A.1998Compil.
10th Anniversary Tribute Album SamplerN.W.A.1998Album
Greatest HitsN.W.A.1996Album
Greatest HitsN.W.A.1996Compil.
Greatest HitsN.W.A.1996Compil.
Efil4zaggin The Only Home VideoN.W.A.1992Album
The Dayz Of WaybackN.W.A.1991Single
Appetite For DestructionN.W.A.1991Single
100 Miles And Runnin'N.W.A.1991Single
Alwayz Into Somethin'N.W.A.1991Album
100 Miles And Runnin'N.W.A.1990Album
Express YourselfN.W.A.1989Single
Boyz-N-The-Hood / DopemanEazy-E / N.W.A.1989Single
Express YourselfN.W.A.1988Single
Gangsta GangstaN.W.A.1988Single
Straight Outta ComptonN.W.A.1988Album
Panic Zone / Dope Man / 8-BallN.W.A.1987Album
Hundred Miles And RunninN.W.A.Single
Got It All / Chin CheckN.W.A. / Ruff RydersAlbum
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