N.W.A. (aka: Niggaz With Attitude) released the definitive gangsta rap album, Straight Outta Compton in 1988. The messages from album tracks like “Fuck Tha Police”, “Dopeman” and “Gangsta Gangsta” might have resonated a little more with inner city kids than this eleven year old white boy from one of Pittsburgh’s upper-middle class suburbs, but that didn’t matter so much because the album brought some funky beats and a good helping of attitude.
I vaguely recall a trip to my pediatric dentist around this time when the dentist and his assistant were asking me about what I was listening to… maybe I had my walkman with me at the time. I told them I was listening to N.W.A. The assistant’s face sort of recoiled in horror while the doctor asked something along the lines of, “N.W.A. huh… what’s that stand for?” Ah well, that’s the music I grew up with!
Gangsta Gangsta – N.W.A.