Gangsta Gangsta (N.W.A song)

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"Gangsta Gangsta"
"Gangsta Gangsta" vinyl case
Single by N.W.A
from the album Straight Outta Compton
B-side "Something 2 Dance 2"
Released September 5, 1988
Format CD single
12" single
Recorded 1988
Genre Golden age hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 5:36
Label Priority, Ruthless
Writer(s) Ice Cube
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, DJ Yella
N.W.A singles chronology
"Straight Outta Compton"
(1988)
"Gangsta Gangsta"
(1988)
"Express Yourself"
(1989)
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"Gangsta Gangsta" is a single from American rap group N.W.A's 1988 album, Straight Outta Compton. The song later appeared on the N.W.A Greatest Hits album and The Best of N.W.A. - The Strength of Street Knowledge. This song later appeared in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V.

Background[edit]

The song conveys the dangers of living in the streets of Compton, California and South Central Los Angeles but also speaks of the appealing side of "gangsta life". The song has been covered or otherwise remade several times since its release, among them include versions done by The Game, Mack 10 and the 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians with Tech N9ne and a parody of the lyrics appear in "The Salaminizer" by Gwar.

The song contains samples from "Weak At The Knees" by Steve Arrington, "My Philosophy" by Boogie Down Productions[1] and "Be Thankful For What You Got" by William DeVaughn[2] among others.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Time
1 "Gangsta Gangsta" (Radio Edit) 5:36
2 "Something Like That" (Radio Edit) 3:35
3 "Gangsta Gangsta" (Instrumental) 4:04
4 "Quiet On tha Set" 3:59
5 "Something 2 Dance 2" 3:32

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1

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