N.W.A.
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Straight Outta Compton (1988), 7/10
Efil4Zaggin (1991), 6/10
Dr Dre: The Chronic (1992), 7/10
Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990), 7/10
Ice Cube: Death Certificate (1991), 6/10
Ice Cube: The Predator (1992), 6/10
Ice Cube: Lethal Injection (1993), 5/10
Westside Connection: Bow Down (1996), 5/10
Westside Connection: Terrorist Threats (2003), 5/10
Ice Cube: War & Peace Vol 1 (1998), 4/10
Ice Cube: The Peace Disc (2000), 4/10
Ice Cube: I Am The West (2010), 4/10
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After a timid and loose debut, N.W.A. and the Posse (1987), Los Angeles' crew N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude), featuring Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson), Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, MC Ren (Lorenzo Patterson) and Dr Dre (Andre Young), formalized "gangsta rap" on Straight Outta Compton (1988) with an aggressive stance that had few equals in popular music (the MC5 in rock music). Efil4Zaggin (1991), without Ice Cube, became the first rap album ever to debut in the Billboard charts at number one, despite being quite ridiculous at its own game.

Two of NWA's former members, Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson) with AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990), produced by Hank Shocklee's team, a total immersion in a nightmarish atmosphere, and Dr Dre (Andre Young) with The Chronic (1992) and later with 2001 (2000) gave the genre its masterpieces. Dr Dre, who had a hit with the cop-killing Deep Cover, went on to produce the debut album of his pupil Snoop Doggy Dogg. The latter, heavily influenced by George Clinton's psychedelic funk, also coined a subgenre called "G Funk".

Ice Cube followed up his masterpiece with a controversial Death Certificate (1991), that seemed to insult everybody, The Predator (1992), one of the era's best-sellers, and Lethal Injection (1993), that contains the 11-minute collaboration with George Clinton Bop Gun. Then he started another successful project, Westside Connection, a trio with Mack 10 (D'Mon Rolison) and W.C. No matter how popular they became, Bow Down (1996) and Terrorist Threats (2003) were fundamentally proof that Ice Cube's inspiration had dried up after his first album. Ice Cube's solo albums War & Peace Vol 1 (1998), War And Peace Vol 2: The Peace Disc (2000), Laugh Now Cry Later (2006), and Raw Footage (2008) simply confirmed the decline. His I Am The West (2010) sounded disconnected from both the music and the issues of his times.

The first member of N.W.A. to go solo, Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, with Eazy-Duz-It (1988), and probably the crew's most recognizable character, died of AIDS in 1995.

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