Updated: Aug 10, 2018
Drawing this piece took me back to my weekly trip up to the local record store as a 13-year-old kid flipping through those albums knowing that I was going to be bringing something dope back home to the turntable I came across the Straight Outta Compton Vinyl and I knew right then and there this was going to be something different.
I played that record over and over that day and I was right it was one of the freshest records I had ever heard.
With jams like Express Your Self, Fuck The Police and If It Aint Ruff retained an old-school vibe but with a crisp lyrical delivery that brought an entirely new flavor to Hip-Hop.
"You're about to witness the strength of street knowledge"
They definitely are in that unique class of artists that were birthed at the right time in the right place and forever contributed to the evolutionary process be it a negative mutation or a positive one, Arabian Prince, MC Ren, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and Dr. Dre had not only put a spotlight on a tiny corner of the map but had a profound conscious effect worldwide.
I was a young buck at the time living in mid-city Los Angeles and coming from a low-income single parent home the streets of LA became my playground at a very young age.
By the time this album hit my record player I had already seen enough dirt and grime that it wasn't that "controversial" to my ears but was no doubt something new that fueled my teenage angst and as someone who was entrenched in a neighborhood where the social climate was permeated with gangs, drugs, and corrupt cops NWA was the outgrowth of that environment and a major facet in the Hip-Hop metamorphoses.
I could relate to the "Fuck Tha Police" protest because it was relative in my life at that time having experienced the crack epidemic which swept through every inner city neighborhood like an out of control social engineering operation and being a victim of police violence and discrimination this track spoke to me on a personal level and still does today as the police state has magnified a hundredfold.
I grew up listening to old-school emcees like Grand-Master Flash, KRS-One, Afrika Bambaataa, Busy Bee and beyond and when NWA worked its way into Hip-Hop culture it definitely was a reflection of what the city of Los Angeles was at the time.
About this work
This is a new addition to a growing body of work featuring legendary Hip-hop artists who played a major role in not only Hip-Hop consciousness but the world over.
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