N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton (1988)

Label: Ruthless/Priority/EMI Records

Yelawolf: “What music, what artist of any culture, of any genre has N.W.A not influenced? N.W.A came out during one of the most controversial times of artistic racial issues. Like you had the collabo record with all the artists with ‘All in the Same Gang’ and all these conscious records coming out. And then you had this N.W.A group who just didn’t give a fuck about nothing.

 

I was getting bussed from the suburbs and the apartment homes in Antioch, Tennessee downtown to the projects. So I was dealing with this real life paradox and N.W.A just gave me some sense of... I don’t know, they just made me want to be a part of it. I ain’t going to lie I ended up buying a Raiders jacket.

 

“To come up from Alabama, and living in Tennessee and Georgia at the time... You have to kind of understand how that would look. I was getting bussed from the suburbs and the apartment homes in Antioch, Tennessee downtown to the projects.

"So I was dealing with this real life paradox and N.W.A just gave me some sense of... I don’t know, they just made me want to be a part of it. I ain’t going to lie I ended up buying a Raiders jacket, a Raiders starter coat. I wanted to be a part of that, I wanted to feel that. It was like this new sense of punk rock, this new sense of this place to rage.

“I remember I was [a little kid], me and my boy used to dress head to toe in matching Dickie suits, Bo Jackson cross trainers, everything. I used to rock a beeper in my Dickies because of that album. We wanted to be that. Just ridiculousness.”