Is that the Same Band I Knew and Loved?

The film Straight Outta Compton opens with a screen shot of Galaxy, a vinyl album by the ‘70s funk band ***. Thus is the stage set for this story of the new generation of hip hop and gangsta rap artists and the success of N.W.A. as chronicled in this hard-hitting successful film.

Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg were just learning to walk the streets of Compton when the music of a band also formed in southern California and popular in Compton, whose members included Howard Scott, BB Dickerson, Harold Brown, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Papa Dee Allen, and Lee Oskar—saturated popular radio playlists with hits like “Low Rider,” “Slipping Into Darkness,” “Cisco Kid,” “Spill the Wine,” “The World is a Ghetto,” “All Day Music,“ and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” These classic hits served as an early influence for the seminal rhymers and rappers who would become known as N.W.A. Read more…

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