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The debut album by N.W.A, "Straight Outta Compton" is now best remembered as the pioneering record of gangsta rap; with its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics, it helped to give birth to this then-new sub-genre of hip hop. It has been considered groundbreaking by music writers and has had an enormous impact on the evolution of West Coast hip hop. "Straight Outta Compton" redefined the direction of hip hop, which resulted in lyricism concerning the gangsta lifestyle becoming the driving force in sales figures. It also helped to shift the power to the West Coast from the East Coast, which had enjoyed a period of prominence in hip hop for most of the 1980s. There's no better example of its raw and raucous power than LP opener "Straight Outta Compton". 
On the flip we get a hit from Easy E's Ruthless Records' group Above The Law, who dropped the mighty "Black Superman" on '94 LP "Uncle Sam's Curse", bringing us pure West Coast brilliance to the present day.

Straight West Coastin' right here folks, as we find out exactly what happens when Compton and Long Beach together on the A-side, and indulge in a bit of the pimp lifestyle on the flip. Originally released in 1992, "Deep Cover" (recorded for the soundtrack of the movie of the same name) was Dre's first volley after leaving NWA, and what a sureshot it was! Built on arguably his hardest ever beat, the cut depicts a drug deal gone bad and an police attempt to turn Dre, and his accomplice Snoop Doggy Dogg (who shows of an outrageous flow on his first ever appearance) into snitches - the result, well, "It's 187 on an undercover cop!" On the flip, smooth mofo Too $hort, Studd, Murda One and Joe Riz trade tales of the ghetto over a sultry and steamy G-funk instrumental with a super squelching bassline. Shouts to the world wide West!


Patrick says: It's been a while since I dedicated some time to my teenage obsession with the West Coast, but man "Deep Cover" still bangs. Not only does the beat SLAP, but Snoop's debut is basically as cool as it gets! Flip it for the BBQ sauce of Too Short's "Bad Ways", another essential from an OG!

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