NWA – Straight Outta Compton


Released in 1998, the debut from the California crew N.W.A. is a landmark Hip Hop album, produced by Dr Dre and DJ Yella, Straight Outta Compton heralded a new dawn in West Coast Hip Hop.

Out on Eazy-E‘s own Ruthless Records, it’s touted as being the genesis of gangsta rap, E on the cover brandishing a pistol, leering into the lens. The cover has been listed in a number of online, all time great sleeve lists, though I wonder what they’d think of this version.