13 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Straight Outta Compton booms with an energy so palpable and raw, no one is spared from its concussive buckshot. Dr. Dre builds upon Public Enemy’s sound-bombing template, adding live guitar to form a seamless, rhythmic whole. Ice Cube and MC Ren paint vivid scenes overlooked by the nightly news, while Eazy-E is cold-blooded in voice and command. While the album has its critics—“Gangsta Gangsta” was condemned for its nihilism, and the F.B.I. launched an inquiry over “Fuck Tha Police”—it’s also a thrilling, unforgettable ride that changed the course of rap music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Straight Outta Compton booms with an energy so palpable and raw, no one is spared from its concussive buckshot. Dr. Dre builds upon Public Enemy’s sound-bombing template, adding live guitar to form a seamless, rhythmic whole. Ice Cube and MC Ren paint vivid scenes overlooked by the nightly news, while Eazy-E is cold-blooded in voice and command. While the album has its critics—“Gangsta Gangsta” was condemned for its nihilism, and the F.B.I. launched an inquiry over “Fuck Tha Police”—it’s also a thrilling, unforgettable ride that changed the course of rap music.

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