On this day in Hip-Hop history, N.W.A. released their debut album Straight Outta Compton.
On this day in 1988, N.W.A. released their debut album Straight Outta Compton on Ruthless. The album was produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella and is considered the pioneering record for gangsta rap. It was the group's only album with member Ice Cube.
Straight Outta Compton spawned the singles: "Gangsta Gangsta," which reached #91 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and #11 on the Rap chart; "Express Yourself," which reached #45 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and #2 on the Rap chart; and"Straight Outta Compton," which was the lead single and reached #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum. The album originally peaked at #37 on the Billboard Top LPs chart in 1989. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 in 2015. The album was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.
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1987 - MC Shan released Down by Law on Warner Bros.
1989 - Cool C released his debut album I Gotta Habit on Atlantic.
1995 - Coolio released his single "Gangsta's Paradise" on Tommy Boy.
2000 - De La Soul released their fifth studio album Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump on Tommy Boy.
2000 - Lil' Bow Wow released the single "Bounce with Me" on So So Def.
2000 - Shaggy released his fifth album, Hot Shot on MCA.
2006 - Rick Ross released his debut album Port of Miami on Slip-n-Slide.
2011 - Kanye West and Jay Z released the album Watch the Throne on Def Jam.
2015 - Boot Camp Clik's Sean Price passed away.
This day in Birthdays...
Kool Moe Dee (1962) - American pioneering emcee from Harlem, New York.