100 Miles and Runnin' is the platinum certified album by N.W.A, released in 1990 on Ruthless Records. It is the first record the group released after Ice Cube began a solo career. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, and in support of the NWA film coming this summer, UMe will be reissuing this classic back on LP with a limited edition 3D lenticular cover!
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You can't accuse N.W.A. of being subtle. The original gansta-rap group was unabashedly angry, with controversial songs that reflected the troubled streets from which it came. N.W.A.'s unpleasant style touched a nerve; critics called it offensive at least, dangerous at worst. But to simply dismiss N.W.A. as a group of violent, misogynist troublemakers is to completely miss the point. N.W.A. made an indelible mark on the world of rap music with its funk-infused, slow-grind style of rap (created by producers Dr. Dre and Yella) and its frank depiction of life in the inner city. Ice Cube's sublime lyrical timing and delivery complemented MC Ren's self-assured, off-tempo rhyming and Easy E's straightforward style. N.W.A. launched the gansta-rap genre, not to mention the careers of several major rap stars, while exercising (and defending) its rights of self-expression.GREATEST HITS includes such rap classics as "F*** Tha Police" and "Gangsta Gangsta" along with a few previously-unreleased mixes and 12-inch tracks, all proof of N.W.A.'s considerable impact on both pop music and pop culture.
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Straight Outta Compton is the debut studio album from N.W.A. The album has been viewed as the pioneering record of gangsta rap and has had an enormous impact on the evolution of hip hop. Check on this classic title on a vinyl picture disc, featuring the iconic image of the group on the front and a graffiti treatment on the back.
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N.W.A. and the Posse is a 1987 release that compiled various Dr. Dre-produced tracks. The album features a collection of rap musicians at the beginnings of their soon-to-be successful career, including previously released tracks by N.W.A, Eazy-E, the Fila Fresh Crew, Arabian Prince, and Rappinstine. Continuing with its Respect The classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on vinyl for the first time in over 15 years with a limited edition 3D cover.
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Niggaz4Life is the second & final studio album by gangsta rap group N.W.A. It was their final album, as the group disbanded later the same year after the departure of Dr. Dre and songwriter The D.O.C. for Death Row Records. The album features only four members of the original line-up, as Ice Cube had already left the group in 1989. UMe's Respect The classics line will reissue this album on vinyl with a limited edition 3D lenticular cover that brings the grisly murder scene on the cover to life.
20 year anniversary edition of the multi-platinum, ground-breaking album from N.W.A. Expanded to include tribute releases from Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Mack 10 and W.C.
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