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N.W.A (an abbreviation for Niggas Wit Attitudes)[1][2][3] was an American hip hop group from Compton, California. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the greatest and most influential groups in the history of hip hop music.[4] Active from 1986 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy owing to their music's explicit lyrics, that many viewed as being disrespectful of women, as well as to its glorification of drugs and crime.[5] The group was subsequently banned from many mainstream American radio stations. In spite of this, the group has sold over 10 million units in the United States alone. The group was also known for their deep hatred of the police system, which sparked much controversy over the years.

The original lineup formed in 1986 consisted of Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. DJ Yella and MC Ren joined later, with Arabian Prince eventually leaving shortly before the official release of Straight Outta Compton, which came out in 1988, and Ice Cube following suit in December 1989. Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and MC Ren would later become platinum-selling solo artists in the 1990s. Their debut album Straight Outta Compton marked the beginning of the new gangsta rap era as the production and social commentary in their lyrics were revolutionary within the genre, while their second album Niggaz4Life would be the first hardcore rap album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 sales charts.[3] Rolling Stone ranked N.W.A number 83 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[6] In 2016, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following three nominations.



Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton is the debut studio album by the Compton, California hip-hop group N.W.A, released August 8, 1988 on group member Eazy-E's record label Ruthless Records.
Niggaz4Life (also known as EFIL4ZAGGIN or Efil4zaggin) is the second and final studio album by gangsta rap group N.W.A, released in 1991.
Panic Zone
"Panic Zone" is the 1987 debut single by American hip hop group N.W.A, whose songs were later featured on the compilation N.W.A. and the Posse, which was a reissue of 12" EPs and singles released by Macola Records, the then manufacturer and distributor of Ruthless Records, N.W.A's label.
Express Yourself
"Express Yourself" is a song recorded by American hip hop group N.W.A, performed solo by Dr.

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Jerry Heller, former manager of hip hop group N.W.A, dies at 75
en.yibada.com  –  September 5, 2016
Jerry Heller, the longtime music executive depicted in the 2015 hit film "Straight Outta Compton" and who helped introduce the group N.W.A to the public has died at 75. Gary Ballen, Heller's cousin says that Heller died at a hospital in Thousand Oaks ...
Jerry Heller, former manager of hip hop group N.W.A, dead at 75
New York Daily News  –  September 4, 2016
Jerry Heller, the longtime music manager who helped launch the group N.W.A, has died. He was 75. Heller reportedly suffered a medical emergency while driving in Ventura County, Calif., on Friday when he smashed his vehicle into a minivan, according to TMZ.
Jerry Heller, former N.W.A. manager, dies at 75
69 WFMZ TV News  –  September 3, 2016
The driver of the car he collided with was not seriously injured. Heller is the co-founder of Ruthless Records, the label behind hip-hop group N.W.A., which launched the careers of rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Easy-E in the 1980s. N.W.A. garnered ...
Former N.W.A manager Jerry Heller dead at 75
KRON4  –  September 3, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Former manager of the hip-hop group N.W.A. Jerry Heller has died at the age of 75 on Friday. He represented several well-known musicians such as Black Sabbath, The Grass Roots, Otis Redding and more. Heller was a controversial ...
Former manager of N.W.A. rap group dead at 75
mynewsla.com  –  September 3, 2016
Jerry Heller, former manager of the iconic Compton rap group NWA, has died at the age of 75. Heller died at 10:38 p.m. Friday at the Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, according to Zeb Dunn, medical examiner investigator with the Ventura ...
Ex-N.W.A Manager Jerry Heller Dead at 75
The Root  –  September 3, 2016
Jerry Heller, co-founder of the seminal rap label Ruthless Records and former manager of rap group N.W.A, has died at 75. TMZ reports that Heller died after suffering a medical emergency while driving in Ventura County on Friday morning. He allegedly ...

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