N.W.A discography

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N.W.A discography
Studio albums 2
Compilation albums 6
Video albums 1
Music videos 5
EPs 1
Singles 8

The discography of N.W.A, an American hip hop group, consists of two studio albums, six compilation albums, one extended play (EP), eight singles, one video album and five music videos. N.W.A was formed in Compton, California in 1986 by Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince and Ice Cube, with The D.O.C. and MC Ren joining later.[1] The group's first release was the compilation album N.W.A. and the Posse in 1987, which also featured songs by The Fila Fresh Crew, Rappinstine and Ron-De-Vu.[2] Their debut album Straight Outta Compton followed the next year, which initially reached number 37 on the US Billboard 200; it has since reached number four, and has sold over 3.5 million copies in the US alone.[3][4] "Straight Outta Compton", "Gangsta Gangsta" and "Express Yourself" were released as singles from the album, all of which registered on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[3]

Ice Cube left N.W.A in 1989 due to ongoing financial disagreements.[1] The remaining members released the EP 100 Miles and Runnin' in 1990, which reached the top ten of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.[3][5] N.W.A's second and final album followed in 1991: Niggaz4Life, commonly referred to backwards as Efil4Zaggin,[6] immediately topped the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 2 million copies in the US.[3][4] The album's singles were "Appetite for Destruction" and "Alwayz into Somethin'", neither of which charted in the US.[3] Niggaz4Life: The Only Home Video was released in 1992, featuring three music videos and previously unreleased footage.[7] Dr. Dre left N.W.A the same year, at which point the group had essentially disbanded.[1] Since the group's breakup a number of compilation albums have been released, including 1996's Greatest Hits which reached the top 50 of the Billboard 200.[3]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
AUS
[8]
GER
[9]
IRL
[10]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
Straight Outta Compton 4 9 8 36 7 43 35
Niggaz4Life
  • Released: May 28, 1991
  • Label: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS
1 2 25
  • US: 2,300,000[4]
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[13]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[3]
US
Cat.

[3]
US
Dig.

[3]
US
R&B

[3]
AUS
[8]
IRL
[10]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
N.W.A. and the Posse
  • Released: November 6, 1987
  • Label: Macola
  • Format: LP
39
Greatest Hits
  • Released: July 2, 1996
  • Label: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP
48 5 22 20 9 50 43 49
The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1: 1988–1998
  • Released: March 23, 1999
  • Label: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS
77 42
The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 2
  • Released: August 27, 2002
  • Label: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, CS
154 38
The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge
  • Released: December 26, 2006
  • Label: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, DL
72 6 47 33
N.W.A and Their Family Tree
  • Released: September 30, 2008
  • Label: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, DL
38
Icon
  • Released: June 3, 2014
  • Label: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, DL
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
AUS
[8]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
100 Miles and Runnin'
  • Released: August 14, 1990
  • Label: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS
27 10 33 32 38
  • RIAA: Platinum[13]

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[3]
US
Dan.

[3]
US
Dig.

[3]
US
R&B

[3]
AUS
[8]
CAN
[3]
IRL
[10]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
UK
R&B

[15]
"Panic Zone" 1987 N.W.A and the Posse
"Straight Outta Compton" 1988 38 33 13 45 63 66 13 Straight Outta Compton
"Gangsta Gangsta" 45 91 70
"Express Yourself" 1989 38 45 96 26
"100 Miles and Runnin'" 1990 51 33 32 38 100 Miles and Runnin'
"Alwayz into Somethin'" 1991 37 60 Niggaz4Life
"Appetite for Destruction" 45
"The Dayz Of Wayback"
"Chin Check"
(featuring Snoop Dogg)
1999 71 Next Friday
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Chart peaks Album
US
R&B

[3]
AUS
[8]
UK
[12]
UK
R&B

[15]
"Fuck tha Police" 1988 25 49 97 22 Straight Outta Compton

Videos[edit]

Video albums[edit]

List of video albums
Title Album details
Niggaz4Life: The Only Home Video
  • Released: November 2, 1992
  • Label: Ruthless, Priority
  • Format: VHS, DVD

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director(s)
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Straight Outta Compton" 1989 Rupert Wainwright [16][17]
"Express Yourself" [18][17]
"100 Miles and Runnin'" 1990 Eric Meza [19]
"Appetite for Destruction" 1992 Mark Gerard [20]
"Alwayz into Somethin'"
"Approach to Danger" DJ Yella, Donovan Smith

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. "N.W.A and the Posse". AllMusic. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "N.W.A Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Top Five Most Wanted". Billboard. Vol. 120 no. 32. Nielsen Business Media. August 9, 2008. p. 38. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 9, 2015.  Note: User must manually search for N.W.A.
  6. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Niggaz4life - N.W.A". AllMusic. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ "N.W.A.: Efil4zaggin - The Only Home Video (1992)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Discography N.W.A.". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Discographie N.W.A.". germancharts.de (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "Discography N.W.A.". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Discography N.W.A.". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "N.W.A.". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Certified Awards". 
  14. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 9, 2015.  Note: User must manually search for N.W.A.
  15. ^ a b "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40: 11 September 2015 - 17 September 2015". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 
  16. ^ "NWA - "Straight Outta Compton"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Music Videos". Rupert Wainwright. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  18. ^ "NWA - "Express Yourself"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  19. ^ "NWA - "Hundred Miles and Runnin'"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  20. ^ Niggaz4Life: The Only Home Video (Media notes). N.W.A. Ruthless Records, Priority Records. 1992. 

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