Monday, April 27, 2009

Straight Outta Banned Books

I think it's fairly important when listening to N.W.A. to remember that the album is a reaction to the area and time they grew up in. The 80's and 90's weren't exactly a good time to be young and black in Compton. Several of the members were former drug dealers and they all witnessed first hand the kind of brutality and apathy that the police in L.A. showed towards them. These experiences led them to rap about the things that they do.

N.W.A. also had some really really awesome songs like Express Yourself, which samples the soul and funk song of the same name from the 1960's. It's also anti-censorship, which they saw plenty of (and makes it relate nicely to Banned Books).

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