The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1: 1988–1998

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The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1: 1988-1998
Compilation album by N.W.A
Released March 23, 1999
Genre Gangsta rap, west coast hip hop, G-funk
Label Ruthless
N.W.A chronology
Greatest Hits
(1996)
The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1: 1988-1998
(1999)
The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 2
(2002)

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.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Straight Outta Compton" (N.W.A) – 4:26
  2. "Boyz-N-Tha Hood (Remix)" (Eazy-E) – 6:23
  3. "It Was a Good Day (Remix)" (Ice Cube) – 4:31
  4. "Dead Homiez" (Ice Cube) – 3:57
  5. "Steady Mobbin'" (Ice Cube) – 4:13
  6. "Guerillas in Tha Mist" (Da Lench Mob) – 4:27
  7. "Westside Slaughterhouse" (Mack 10) – 5:00
  8. "Bow Down" (Westside Connection) – 3:30
  9. "The Gangsta, the Killa and the Dope Dealer" (Westside Connection) – 4:13
  10. "Only in California" (Mack 10) – 4:43
  11. "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit" (Mack 10 and Tha Dogg Pound) – 4:05
  12. "Color Blind" (Ice Cube) – 4:31
  13. "Final Frontier" (MC Ren) – 4:10
Disc 2
  1. "Westsyde Radio Megamix" (N.W.A) – 14:47
  2. "We Want Eazy" (Eazy-E) – 5:02
  3. "Trust No Bitch" (Penthouse Players Clique) – 5:03
  4. "Fuck tha Police" (N.W.A) – 5:48
  5. "Alwayz Into Somethin'" (N.W.A) – 4:26
  6. "No One Can Do It Better" (The D.O.C.) – 4:52
  7. "California Love" (2Pac featuring Dr. Dre) – 4:47
  8. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (Dr. Dre) – 5:07
  9. "Let Me Ride" (Dr. Dre) – 4:23
  10. "Natural Born Killaz" (Ice Cube & Dr. Dre) – 4:53
  11. "Murder Was the Case (Remix)" (Snoop Dogg) – 4:22
  12. "In California" (Daz Dillinger) – 5:10
  13. "Tha Last Song" (Above the Law) – 6:20

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 77
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 42

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Q 5/5 stars[3]

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.[1] The RIAA certified the album Gold on December 13, 1999 and later Platinum on September 30, 2002.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Marisa (1999). "The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1: 1988-1998 > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Doyle, Tom. "Review: N.W.A - The N.W.A Legacy Volume 1, 1988–1998". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (July 1999): 129. 
  4. ^ "RIAA search results". Retrieved 2008-08-04.