N.W.A “Weapon of Protest” Against the Struggle


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At a point in time when Compton, California grappled with police brutality and other social problems Ice Cube says N.W.A. served as a “weapon of protest” against the struggle their neighborhoods encountered.

He revealed that the neighborhood influenced N.W.A. and N.W.A. influenced the neighborhood as well.

“It was really our only weapon of protest against what we saw,” Ice Cube said. “What was happening to our neighborhood. Coming in in the era of gangbanging and crack and police brutality and Reaganomics, this whole mixture of things forged N.W.A. And the neighborhood that we come from made N.W.A. And then N.W.A influenced the neighborhood.”

N.W.A was formed in 1987 and is an abbreviation for Ni**az Wit Attitudes. The original lineup included Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, and Ice Cube. DJ Yella and MC Ren joined later.

They were among the earliest figures of the gangsta rap genre and most influential groups in the history of hip hop. The group was banned from many mainstream American radio stations due to their explicit lyrics about their own experiences of racism and excessive policing.

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Their first album “N.W.A. and the Posse” peaked at #39 on Billboard magazine’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Then, they released “Straight Outta Compton in 1989.



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