NWANiggaz With Attitude
) were a hip hop
trio that popularized gangsta rap
with the groundbreaking Straight Outta Compton
(1989) album, a vicious hardcore record that became an underground hit notorious for its hardcore lyrics, especially those of "Fuck tha Police," which resulted in the FBI
sending a warning letter to Ruthless Records and its parent company Priority
, suggesting that the group should watch its step.
On both the 1990 EP 100 Miles and Runnin' and the 1991 album Efil4zaggin ("Niggaz 4 Life" spelled backward), Dr. Dre created dense, funky sonic landscapes (which presaged his innovative G funk sound), together with Eazy E's humorous lyrics and Ice Cube's socially charged raps, kept NWA at the top of the hip hop charts.
Members of the band included:
Arabian Prince is recognized as a pioneer of west coast electro funk (see Egyptian Lover
). He left NWA after Straight Outta Compton
and went on to produce his highly innovative album Brother Rab
. Its style was defined by a German critic as a synthesis between Curtis Mayfield
After the band split Dre had a highly successful career as both a rapper and record producer for the likes of Snoop Doggy Dogg and Eminem. Ice Cube was successful as both a rapper and film actor. Eazy E died in 1995 from an AIDS related illness.
NWA is also the name of the National Wrestling Alliance.