20 Things About N.W.A. That Even Hip-Hop Heads Don’t Know

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N.W.A. in 1989Image: via Los Angeles Times

It wouldn’t be long after N.W.A. formed on the mean streets of Compton, California in 1986 that it started calling itself “the world’s most dangerous group.” And even though – as 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton shows – controversy followed almost everywhere it went, the self-styled “reality rap” outfit picked up their fair share of fans in the process.

Even if you are a big N.W.A. fan, though, we bet you didn’t know that one member had an electro-pop group before embracing the gangster lifestyle – or, indeed, any of the following facts about the hip-hop superstars…

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20. Straight Outta Compton was one of the first records to receive the parental advisory label

N.W.A.’s famed debut album Straight Outta Compton was among the initial LPs to carry a parental advisory label. But despite this Middle America-scaring warning, a lack of radio play and no major tour supporting it, the album still went on to achieve platinum status less than six months after its release.

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N.W.A. in 1990Image: via Genevan Heathen

19. The album cost just $12,000 to make

According to Jerry Heller, who alongside Eazy-E founded Ruthless Records, the production costs of Straight Outta Compton totaled just $12,000 – small change for an album that has gone on to sell three million copies.

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