On this day in 1988, N.W.A. released their single, "Straight Outta Compton" on Ruthless.
Hip-hop would never be the same after July 10, 1988. The West Coast rap group N.W.A. dropped their lead single off their debut album carrying the same name, "Straight Outta Compton". Giving way to a new sub-genre in hip-hop; gansta rap.
Despite a lack of radio play, the single was a huge success and helped launch West Coast Hip-Hop. 27 years after its release, the single would debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at #38 in September of 2015 due to the recent release of the film with the same name. The single would be certified platinum in June, 2016.