Straight Outta Compton (song)
|"Straight Outta Compton'"|
|Single by N.W.A|
|from the album Straight Outta Compton|
|B-side||"Fuck tha Police"|
|Released||July 10, 1988|
|N.W.A singles chronology|
"Straight Outta Compton" is a song by American hip hop group N.W.A. It was released on July 10, 1988 as the lead single from their debut album of the same name. It also appears on N.W.A's Greatest Hits with an extended mix and The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge. It was voted number 19 on About.com's Top 100 Rap Songs, and is ranked number 6 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
In 2015, "Straight Outta Compton" debuted at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated September 5, 2015 as a result of the recent releases of the film of the same name and Dr. Dre's Compton; it was the highest debut on the chart that week. This became the group's first top 40 hit song, in large part due to lack of airplay since N.W.A was banned from many radio stations in the 1980s, charting 27 years after its initial release and 24 years since the group originally disbanded.
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"
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 the group walking and posing throughout 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' voices, 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.
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- The song was parodied in the 1994 film CB4 as "Straight out of Locash" by CB4.
- In 1998, Compton rappers, MC Eiht, King Tee and Dresta recorded a tribute remix of the song that appeared on Straight Outta Compton: N.W.A. 10th Anniversary Tribute.
- In 2000, Queensbridge, New York rappers Cormega, Blaq Poet and Jungle released a song called "Straight Outta Queensbridge", using the same beat. It appears on Nas's album "QB's Finest"
- In 2001, horrorcore artist Blaze Ya Dead Homie released a cover entitled "Str8 Outta Detroit" on his debut album 1 Less G n da Hood, featuring fellow Psychopathic Records' artists Anybody Killa and Violent J (of Insane Clown Posse), with slightly changed lyrics to reflect their native city of Detroit.
- Compton rapper The Game released his own version of this song with the same beat on his 2003 mixtape, You Know What It Is Vol. 1.
- In 2004, rapper Young Buck album is called Straight Outta Cashville under G-Unit Records.
- Veruca Salt vocalist Nina Gordon recorded an acoustic "coffeehouse" version of the song at L.A.'s Largo in 2005.
- Weird Al Yankovic parodied the line in the title of his 2006 album, Straight Outta Lynwood.
- In 2007, The McDonald's Main Men parodied the song as "Straight Outta Clacton", which went viral on YouTube with over 250,000 views. The song is a reference to the town of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex in the United Kingdom.
- In 2008, G-Unit recorded a song called "Straight Outta Southside" from their second album T.O.S: Terminate on Sight.
- In 2008, Chap-hop artist Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer released a parody entitled "Straight Out of Surrey".
- On May 28, 2010, Ice Cube performed the song with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It was performed for the audience during the warmup prior to taping, and was recorded on a crew member's iPhone. The performance was broadcast on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 8, 2010. The first 30 seconds of the song was also parodied on the show as part of a series of "raps" by NBC newsanchor, Brian Williams, through various news clips of Williams talking strung together over the actual music.
- In 2011, the song was used in the film Take Me Home Tonight.
- In 2012, the song was used in the films 21 Jump Street, which Ice Cube starred in, and The Watch.
- In 2012, Captain Dan and The Scurvy Crew and Skull Branded Pirates covered the song together as "Straight Outta Kingston". The title is a reference to Kingston Harbour of Port Royal, a pirate stronghold in the 17th century.
- In 2012, the song was used in the video game Twisted Metal for the PlayStation 3
- The song was parodied and played in 2 episodes of The Cleveland Show.
- Jimmy Fallon regularly attempts to perform the song on The Tonight Show during the "History of Rap" segments, only to be stopped and teased by Justin Timberlake.
- The song was parodied by 2011 show The Amazing World of Gumball in the episode, The Crew where they played the song "We Are the Senior Citizens" which is a parody of Straight Outta Compton.
Charts and certifications
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||66|
|US Billboard Hot 100||38|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||13|
|US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)||9|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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