N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton (1988)
Prodigy: “N.W.A, they was just the fucking Wu-Tang of the West Coast. They brought the whole street mentality, the gang culture to hip-hop. We didn’t know it was that serious out there until they came out with ‘Fuck tha Police.’ We learned about the whole gangster culture that was out there. That made us turn it up a little bit out here. Like hold up, these niggas is thugged the fuck out, these niggas is wilding out there.
“That made New York turn it up a little bit. I mean New York was already what it was, but as far as in the hip-hop world? When we saw that, they got the machine guns in the videos, running from the police, cursing out the police in the video. Yeah. That made niggas in New York step they shit up a little bit on the street level.”