Straight Outta Compton (song)

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"Straight Outta Compton"
Single by N.W.A
from the album Straight Outta Compton
Released 1989
Format CD single, Vinyl Single, digital download
Recorded 1988
Genre Hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 4:26
Label Ruthless, Priority
Writer(s) Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, O'Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson, Lorenzo "MC Ren" Patterson
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, DJ Yella
N.W.A singles chronology
"Straight Outta Compton"
"Express Yourself"
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"Straight Outta Compton" is the lead single from N.W.A's debut full length album of the same name. It was released in 1989. It also appears on N.W.A's Greatest Hits with an extended mix and The Best of N.W.A. It was voted number 19 on's Top 100 Rap Songs,[1] and is ranked number 6 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

The opening verse is rapped by Ice Cube. MC Ren delivers the second, and Eazy-E the third verse.


The song, especially Ice Cube's verse is referenced quite often by rappers, and not infrequently by Cube himself. In the song "Compton" by The Game, he says "Nigga I'ma keep on stompin' comin' straight outta Compton"

Weird Al Yankovic parodied the line in the title of his 2006 album, Straight Outta Lynwood.

Ice Cube[edit]

In the N.W.A diss song by Cube, "No Vaseline" he says "I kept on stompin' while y'all motherfuckers moved straight outta Compton". On the song "Dead Homiez" he says, "It makes me so mad I wanna get my sawed off, and get some bodies hauled" and on "Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside)" from AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, he says "I told ya last album, when I get my sawed off, bodies are hauled off".


A video was made of the song. It features Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, Krazy Dee, and DJ Yella. The video shows various parts of the city of Compton. Ice Cube and Ren are chased by the police during their verses, arrested, and put in a holding van. Eazy-E's verse shows him riding alongside the van in a convertible, yelling at the driver who ignores him. As the van leaves the neighborhood local residents throw rocks at it. In the clean version of the video, profanities have edited lyrics by rappers voice, including words like "fuck" changed to "get" from time to time with different words as well. The video first aired in May 1989, directed by Rupert Wainwright.[2]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Top 100 Rap Songs Accessed February 28, 2008.
  2. ^ Straight Outta Compton. MVDBase. Accessed December 13, 2007.
  3. ^ Eye Weekly

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