Label: Ruthless, Priority, EMI

Like Public Enemy and BDP on the east coast, NWA became the west coast voice of inner-city America, in the late-'80s. Straight Outta Comptonwas the confident musical declaration that the black American youth were fed up with being ignored and mistreated.

The album perfectly reflected the anger and despair born out of the crime and contentious race relations of the Reagan era. NWA essentially crafted a listenable snapshot in history.