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Straight Outta Compton

When NWA released Straight Outta Compton, 30 years ago, it helped create what came to be known as gangsta rap. Huey looks into the legacy of what is still a controversial album.

When NWA released Straight Outta Compton, 30 years ago, it helped create what came to be known as Gangsta Rap. It still remains one of the most controversial albums of all time, with most of the tracks unplayable on the radio, and those that can be played have to be heavily censored. Regardless of the controversy around it, the album is undeniably a hip hop classic, often imitated but rarely, if ever, bettered.

On the 30th anniversary of its release, Huey looks at the albums influences and its legacy, playing tracks by World Class Wreckin' Cru, Charles Wright, The Watts Prophets, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington and many more.

3 hours

Last on

Sat 11 Aug 2018 10:00

Music Played

  • Charles Wright & Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

    Express Yourself

    • WSM.
  • Ice Cube

    You Know How We Do It

    • Lethal Injection.
    • 4th & Broadway.
    • 4.
  • St. Vincent

    Fast Slow Disco

    • Caroline International/Loma Vista.
  • Funkadelic

    You'll Like It Too

    • Alpha Omega Recordings.
  • World Class Wreckin' Cru


    • Kru-Cut Records.
  • Arabian Prince

    Simple Planet

  • Basement Jaxx


  • Cosha

    Do You Wanna Dance

    • Columbia.
  • John Grant

    Love Is Magic

    • Bella Union.
  • N.W.A

    Express Yourself

    • Global Television.
  • Teena Marie

    Behind The Groove

    • Motown.
  • Cameo


    • Club.
  • Five Stairsteps

    Ooh Child

  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

    Time In Common

    • Sub Pop.
  • Orbital


    • ACP Recordings.
  • De La Soul

    Eye Know

    • The Awards 1990 (Disc 2) (Various).
    • Telstar.
  • Marva Whitney

    It's Your Thing

    • Harmless.
  • Kool & The Gang

    Hollywood Swinging

    • De-Lite Records.
  • Joe Strummer

    Johnny Appleseed

    • Hellcat Records.
  • The Flaming Lips

    Race For The Prize

  • MixHell & Joe Goddard

    Strong & Wrong (feat. Mutado Pintado)

    • Mixhell/Delayed.
  • Labi Siffre

    I Got The

  • Ohio Players

    Love Rollercoaster

    • Mercury.
  • Jonny Drop

    Flash Light

    • More Music And Media.
  • Jaubi

    Lahore State Of Mind

  • Marvin Gaye

    Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

    • The Promised Land O.S.T. (Various).
    • Columbia.
  • James

    Coming Home (Pt. 2)

    • BMG.

    Danny Nedelko

  • Dr. Dre

    Still D.R.E. (feat. Snoop Dogg)

    • Interscope.
  • J.J. Fad


    • Dream Team Records.
  • Steve Harrington's Hall Of Fame

    Weak At The Knees

  • Watts Prophets

    Black In A White World

    • Ala.
  • Michael Kiwanuka

    Black Man In A White World (6 Music Live at Maida Vale 2016)

  • Self Esteem


    • Fiction Records.
  • Parquet Courts

    Total Football

    • Rough Trade Records.
  • Curtis Mayfield

    Freddie's Dead

    • Castle Communications.
  • Kendrick Lamar

    Compton (feat. Dr. Dre)

    • Good Kid, m.A.A.d City.
    • Aftermath / Interscope Records.
  • NxWorries

    Lyk Dis

    • Stones Throw Records.
  • Kamasi Washington

    The Rhythm Changes

    • Brainfeeder.
  • Juniore


    • Outre.
  • ABC

    Poison Arrow

    • Neutron Records.