Is it hip-hop or hip-hop? Where do all the dance moves come from?
I’m sure I’m going to get the same question over and over. But the truth is it wasn’t in fact the first.
Here’s how it started:
In 1989 the hip-hop group N.W.A. started performing the classic song “Fuck tha Police” on their self-titled debut album.
After being signed to an independent label in 1990, N.W.A. was asked to record the track “Straight Outta Compton,” which had already been recorded a year earlier on a soundcheck by their manager, Dr. Dre.
The song and accompanying video were released the following year — ironically, they’re two years before the classic “Fuck tha Police” was released.
After the song and accompanying video hit the mainstream, however, N.W.A.’s second album, Niggaz 4 Life, was released in 1996 — years after “Straight Outta Compton.”
The group’s fifth album — Niggaz4Life: The Return — was released in 1997, almost 14 years after the original “Fuck tha Police.”
The record peaked at number three on the U.K.’s album chart and earned one of the album’s signature songs, “Straight Outta Compton.” In its wake, N.W.A. became known as the “gangsta rap” group of the early to mid-1990s.
Today, even N.W.A.’s biggest fans would agree Niggaz4Life is the definitive rap record to come from the group.
The next Niggaz 4 Life record was also nominated for the Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2001. But the award was stripped in 2002 after the group’s “Killing Amerikaz” song got swept up in the Grammys’ “Urban Song of the Year” category.
The band went on hiatus and played gigs as they were being sued for trademark infringement by two other groups (the Outkast and Ice Cube).
And now the world is about to witness the newest Niggaz 4 Life record — titled Niggaz4Life: The Return (and also the most expensive record ever made by a rap group).
After years of delays, the record is finally set to be released on Nov. 23. The tracklist is as follows:
1. “My Thumb”