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Straight Outta Compton
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Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A
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Straight Outta Compton

Song Meaning and Background of Straight Outta Compton by NWA


N.W.A arrived with their debut album changing hip-hop forever.


“Straight Outta Compton” cranked up the violence to previously unheard of levels, with DJ Yella and Dr. Dre’s explosive production and Ice Cube boasting “Here’s a murder rap to keep you dancin’/With a crime record like Charles Manson!” “Straight Outta Compton” was an instant sensation.


"Straight Outta Compton" is a song by American hip hop group N.W.A. It was released in 1988 as the lead single from their debut album of the same name.


The opening verse is rapped by Ice Cube. MC Ren delivers the second, and Eazy-E the third verse. Dr. Dre does the intro as well as introducing Eazy E's verse. Eazy-E also introduces MC Ren's verse.


The song, especially Ice Cube's verse is referenced quite often by rappers, In the song "Compton" by The Game, he says " I'm a keep on stompin', comin' straight outta Compton".


In 2015, the song debuted at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a result of the recent releases of the group's film of the same name. This became the group's first top 40 hit song, in large part due to lack of airplay since N.W.A was banned from many radio stations in the 1980s, charting 27 years after its initial release.


Lyrics of Straight Outta Compton by NWA


You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge

 

[Verse 1 - Ice Cube:]

Straight outta Compton, crazy motherfu*ker named Ice Cube

From the gang called Nig*as With Attitudes

When I'm called off, I got a sawed off

Squeeze the trigger, and bodies are hauled off

You too, boy, if ya fu*k with me

The police are gonna hafta come and get me

Off yo ass, that's how I'm goin out

For the punk motherfu*kers that's showin out

Nig*az start to mumble, they wanna rumble

Mix em and cook em in a pot like gumbo

Goin off on a motherfu*ker like that

With a gat that's pointed at yo ass

So give it up smooth

Ain't no tellin when I'm down for a jack move

Here's a murder rap to keep yo dancin

With a crime record like Charles Manson

AK-47 is the tool

Don't make me act the motherfu*kin fool

Me you can go toe to toe, no maybe

I'm knockin nig*az out tha box, daily

Yo weekly, monthly and yearly

Until them dumb motherfu*kers see clearly

That I'm down with the capital C-P-T

Boy you can't fu*k with me

So when I'm in your neighborhood, you better duck

Cause Ice Cube is crazy as fu*k

As I leave, believe I'm stompin

But when I come back, boy, I'm comin straight outta Compton

 

[Chorus:]

(City of Compton, City of Compton)

[Eazy E:] Yo Ren

[MC Ren:] Whassup?

[Eazy E:] Tell em where you from!

 

[Verse 2 - MC Ren:]

Straight outta Compton, another crazy ass nig*a

More punks I smoke, yo, my rep gets bigger

I'm a bad motherfu*ker and you know this

But the pussy ass nig*az don't show this

But I don't give a fu*k, I'm a make my snaps

If not from the records, from jackin the crops

Just like burglary, the definition is 'jackin'

And when illegally armed it's called 'packin'

Shoot a motherfu*ker in a minute

I find a good piece o' pussy, I go up in it

So if you're at a show in the front row

I'm a call you a bitch or dirty-ass ho

You'll probably get mad like a bitch is supposed to

But that shows me, slut, you're composed to

A crazy muthafu*ker from tha street

Attitude legit cause I'm tearin up sh*t

MC Ren controls the automatic

For any dumb muthafu*ker that starts static

Not the right hand cause I'm the hand itself

Every time I pull a AK off the shelf

The security is maximum and that's a law

R-E-N spells Ren but I'm raw

See, cause I'm the motherfu*kin villain

The definition is clear, you're the witness of a killin

That's takin place without a clue

And once you're on the scope, your ass is through

Look, you might take it as a trip

But a nig*a like Ren is on a gangsta tip

Straight outta Compton...

 

[Chorus]

 

(City of Compton, City of Compton)

[Dr. Dre:] Eazy is his name and the boy is comin...

 

[Verse 3 - Eazy-E:]

... straight outta Compton

Is a brotha that'll smother yo' mother

And make ya sister think I love her

Dangerous motherfu*ker raises hell

And if I ever get caught I make bail

See, I don't give a fu*k, that's the problem

I see a motherfu*kin cop I don't dodge him

But I'm smart, lay low, creep a while

And when I see a punk pass, I smile

To me it's kinda funny, the attitude showin a nig*a drivin

But don't know where the fu*k he's going, just rollin

Lookin for the one they call Eazy

But here's a flash, they never seize me

Ruthless! Never seen like a shadow in the dark

Except when I unload, see I'll get over the hesitation

And hear the scream of the one who got the last penetration

Give a little gust of wind and I'm jettin

But leave a memory no one'll be forgettin

So what about the bitch who got shot? Fu*k her!

You think I give a damn about a bitch? I ain't a sucker!

This is the autobiography of the E, and if you ever fu*k with me

You'll get taken by a stupid dope brotha who will smother

Word to the motherfu*ker, straight outta Compton

 

[Chorus]

 

(City of Compton, City of Compton)

(Damn that sh*t was dope!)

Release Date

1988

Songwriter/s

Ice Cube, MC Ren, The D.O.C.

Producer/s

Dr. Dre, DJ Yella

Label/s

Ruthless, Priority

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