Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Straight Outta CA

This is the story about N.W.A. and the people in it, like Ice Cube, MC Ren, Dj Yella, Eazy E, and Dr. Dre. N.W.A. was a group of rappers who grew up in the era of police brutality. Their music was unwanted by most police respecters because of their lyrics condoning violence towards them. Their attitudes were just the icing on the cake, but thanks to a music producing manager, Jerry Heller, N.W.A. went to be the better rappers of the time-zone.
After the first album called “Ruthless” was out; they almost immediately went on tour. They usually grabbed guns along, or at least tried for  protection. Although they did go on tour, and made money by the minute, they couldn't change the fact that police brutality was still happening, or the fact that they didn’t like it. They expressed the reflection of reality in their music. They were themselves and most people didn’t like it, but their reaction was calm and laid back; because of how they knew people were going to hate it. Here is one of the quotes that they used to represent their attitude, “ If people like us, love ‘em, if they don’t, f*** ‘em.” - Dr.Dre.
The result between police brutality and even gang violence to this day hasn’t stopped, but it has put it to a minimum. The story about 5 black people from out of the hood, trying their best to get their families out of the hood wasn’t good enough for the public. They only cared about how they felt against the authorities. The reason why they hated the police was because they couldn’t even walk to their houses on a sidewalk without being arrested. Most of the time it was people just standing there and getting arrested because they were black. After about a year of doing this, Ice Cube was finally understanding that he was getting out of a big deal. The godfather of rap, Eazy E, was getting all of the love by the manager Jerry Heller. Ice Cube, as a young kid was smarter than the average rapper. He backed out of the group and stayed in the record label to have his own rapping career. His first album was called, “Amerikkka's Most Wanted”,  and his first song was called, “Better Off Dead”.
A couple of months later, the rap group N.W.A. were taking shots at Ice Cube, from diss tracks to one particular song. Calling Ice Cube “Benedict Arnold” for backing out, and trading.  Cube was angered and came back with one of the best diss tracks of all time, “No Vaseline”. N.W.A. knew that they were beat by him, causing one of the crew members, Dr Dre, to think about leaving the group. Ice Cube since he left, he had been rapping successfully, and even made a couple movies in that same year. The beef between everyone soon went away, after rapper “The D.O.C.” got into an accident, and Dr Dre’s close friend Suge Knight didn’t want Dre to stay in there, so they made a record label called “Death Row”. Dre left and N.W.A. turned their attention to that. To release him to Death Row, N.W.A.’s leader, Eazy E, had to sign a paper to have him leave the group, of course Eazy didn’t want to, so the nice person that Suge Knight seemed to be, was actually a thug in disguise, and he made Eazy E arrive alone, and jumped him until Dre got released, making Eazy sign it.

So now, N.W.A. had kind of not payed attention to it anymore because of the split ups. After the release of Dre, Eazy was about to kill Suge Knight, but manger Heller didn’t let him do it. Shortly after everything settled down, Suge Knight had turned completely crazy, Dr. Dre thought about leaving the record label because of Suge, meanwhile, Eazy E wanted to have all of the beef between them to go away and go back to being NWA, but his plans were shortened from being diagnosed with HIV. Eazy E died 6 months later on March 26, 1995. For Dr Dre, this was the final straw, and he left Suge and Death Row records to create his own label, named Aftermath. Aftermath records was one of the most successful record labels of all time, signing 50 Cent, Eminem, and many other famous rappers.


  1. This PPOW about the N.W.A was interesting and intrigued me.

  2. I thought this PPOW was interesting because it showed how hard it was back then. You really couldn't take a step out of the door without seeing some kind of dangerous thing. I loved how these rappers stuck to their feelings and didn't quit to threats, demands from police, etc.