The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1: 1988–1998 is a compilation of various tracks by N.W.A and its solo members Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and Yella. There are only three tracks by the group collectively (including "Straight Outta Compton" and "Fuck the Police"), and most of the tracks are by N.W.A members' solo work and collaborations with other rappers, including "It Was a Good Day (Remix)" and "Dead Homiez" from Ice Cube, "Boyz-n-tha Hood (Remix)" and "We Want Eazy" by Eazy-E, "California Love," "Natural Born Killaz," and "Let Me Ride" by Dr. Dre.
Marisa Brown of Allmusic considered this a "fun compilation" despite the flaws she perceived such as not being a "best-of" compilation and most tracks being N.W.A solo work. The RIAA certified the album Gold on December 13, 1999 and later Platinum on September 30, 2002.