UpNorthTrips Presents The 10s | Fuck The Police State of Mind
A year short of 25 years old, today marks the anniversary of N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton. One of hip-hop’s most defining albums, its release was the genesis of the “gangsta rap” genre. With one fell swoop, the album was responsible for the slow shift from East Coast dominance. “The World’s Most Dangerous Group” single-handedly changed the game as they literally burst through the “I Have A Dream” sign in their popular “Express Yourself” video. Straight Outta Compton, which offered up three official singles, is touted for becoming the first album to reach platinum status with no airplay support and without any major tours. (It went double platinum in ’92). Penned mostly by Ice Cube and MC Ren, alongside Dr. Dre beats, the album set the foundation for the West Coast Sound and introduced the world to a side of California that most had never seen, one beyond the Hollywood sign. Without a doubt the album’s most notorious cut was the rebellious protest record, “Fuck Tha Police.” The riotous, outspoken track focused its anger towards the LAPD years before the Rodney King beating. The song was so powerful it even provoked the FBI to caution Ruthless Records about the lyrics.