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Westside Ridah Report 8/10 rage
This Week, we have a monumental album release in Westcoast Hip Hop history, August 8th 1988 the release of “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A. The world witnessed the strength of street knowledge as Eazy E proclaimed at the beginning of the record. Produced by Dre, Yella, and Arabian Prince, with lyrics by MC Ren and Ice Cube, the game was changed. While early east coast hip hop focused on partying, once Ice T dropped in 1986, and Eazy E had the idea of his own Gangsta Rap Label, Ruthless Records… Hip Hop on the westcoast was on the scene. The album is a classic by all means, lyrics, beats, production, militancy, and Gangstadom. Even getting a warning letter from the FBI, increased attention by the Police, and a banned Straight Outta Compton music video by MTV. This increased their draw, and this became the 1st platinum album from the West with no radio play.
August 11th 1998, E40 released “The Element of Surprise”. 40 calls this his most complete album. Many features, production by Ant Banks, Bosko, Big Tyme and more. The featured single and video was “Hope I Don’t Go Back” featuring Otis & Shug. A second single “From the Ground Up” included Too Short, and KC and Jojo from Jodeci.
August 13th we have 2 releases.. in 1991 Cypress Hill dropped their debut album. Produced mostly by DJ Muggs, previously from 7A3. and beach style rap group from LA.. Muggs help orchestrate the Latin Lingo, G Music, LA sound of Cypress Hill. This is one of those albums that did not leave the CD changer.. remember those? This would be in major rotation and go double platinum.
In 2002, up the coast, the Luniz released the album “Silver & Black”. Most well known for the anthem for the Oakland Raiders, with Oakland Raiders.. most of this album is overlooked. It features Fat Joe, on A Piece of Me, CBO on Fuck You, Dru Down on 2 cuts, and Devin the Due on Issues, Treach on Break Me Off.
Last album also from NWA, 100 Miles and Runnin’ an EP came out Aug 14, 1990. The first NWA release without Arabian Prince, and Ice Cube. Cube left when he refused to sign a deal that left him underpaid with Eazy and Ruthless Records, pushed on by Jerry Heller. This EP help start the fued with Cube, speaking on the record against him. In fact the MTV show Pump it Up, hosted by D. Barnes magnified the feud more with a show and interviews. Reportedly against D Barnes warning this resulted in the infamous incident where Dr. Dre assault D Barnes in a club when he was drunk. The 90s were wild yall.. and this week is packed. Lets hit it.
Written by: rage