Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton is the debut studio album by American hip hop group N.W.A, released August 8, 1988, on group member Eazy-E's record label Ruthless Records. Production for the album was handled by Dr. Dre with DJ Yella. The album has been viewed as the pioneering record of gangsta rap with its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics. This was the group's only release with rapper Ice Cube prior to his 1989 departure. It has been considered to be one of the greatest and most influential hip-hop records by music writers and has had an enormous impact on the evolution of hip hop. Straight Outta Compton redefined the direction of hip hop, which resulted in lyrics concerning the gangster lifestyle becoming the driving force in sales figures. It was later remastered and re-released on September 24, 2002, containing four bonus tracks. An extended version of the album was released on December 4, 2007, honoring the 20th anniversary of the original album. On April 14, 2015, Universal Music Group reissued the album on a Limited Edition red cassette as part of their Respect The Classics series. In 2003, it was ranked number 144 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the fifth highest ranking for a hip-hop album on the list. In 2017, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant".

Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 40 nominations.
 
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2015
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[Eazy is in a hospital after collapsing in a recording session]

Tomica:
Aren't you gonna say something? What is it? A respiratory infection, pneumonia, what?

Young Doctor:
Yes, well, it is those things and more, I'm afraid. We ran a full blood battery and... I'm sorry, Mr. Wright, but you've tested positive for HIV.

Eazy-E:
Get the f*** outta here.

Tomica:
What?

Young Doctor:
The normal T-cell count is anywhere between 500 and 1500. Right now, your T-cell count is 14.

Eazy-E:
But I ain't no faggot.

Young Doctor:
No, Mr. Wright, actually the virus can be transmitted in quite a few ways, including unprotected heterosexual sex.

Eazy-E:
That's wrong. You... you gotta test that again. Test that again.

Young Doctor:
We've run the test five times, with five different samples, and the results remain.

Tomica:
Shit!

[Tomica storms out of the room]

Eazy-E:
She's pregnant, Doc! What does this mean?

Young Doctor:
It doesn't necessarily mean that she's contracted the virus, but... we'll have to test her, to be sure.

Eazy-E:
So what do we do? When do we start the the treatment? I mean, what... I gotta get healthy, I got things to do. I got... What's we supposed to do?

Young Doctor:
Mr. Wright, you need to understand that you are very, very sick.

Eazy-E:
But I don't even feel that bad Doc, don't tell me that.

Young Doctor:
With care, and palliative care, we can probably keep you comfortable for... maybe six months, at the very most.

[by this time, Eazy is in a deep panic and is beginning to cry]

Eazy-E:
Comfortable? What do you mean comfortable?

Young Doctor:
It's just a matter of time. I am, I am truly, truly sorry, Mr. Wright. I'll leave you time to process this.

[the doctor leaves the room, leaving Eazy helpless as he cries]

[Jerry Heller pauses No Vaseline, a diss track made by Ice Cube, after hearing him being mentioned as a Jew]

Dj Yella:
That's shit's kinda funny.

MC Ren:
The motherf***er got us! Yo what we 'bout to do?

Jerry Heller:
First thing we're gonna do, we're gonna sue this ignorant f***. That's what we're gonna do. Defamation of character, libel, I don't really care of that anti-Semitic piece of f***ing shit, who the f*** does he think he is? Unf***ing believable! That kind of f***ing bullshit! Jew bashing bullshit! You know what, I'll call up my friends at the J.D.L. They'll handle him, we'll see how much he likes that.

Eazy-E:
Jerry, you gotta relax. Alright? Niggas don't even know what anti-Semitic means anyway, it's a f***ing battle rap.

Jerry Heller:
C'mon, Eric, we gotta get organised. We gotta fight this kind of ignorant f***ing bullshit. You know what? I always knew he was a hateful human being. This is your ignorant shit. He calls it political? This is ignorant shit! I always knew it. Now the whole world is gonna know. I'm gonna make sure of that, okay? I don't understand why the f*** you're not more angry about this? Did you hear what he said?

Eazy-E:
I heard what he said.

Jerry Heller:
DID YOU HEAR WHAT HE SAID?

Eazy-E:
I heard what he said!

Jerry Heller:
About you? About me? Come on!

Eazy-E:
You got your way of dealing with it, I got mine. We could just go to the studio and just end his f***ing career anyway.

Dj Yella:
I don't know about all that.

Jerry Heller:
Fine. You'll do that. You call Dre and you guys go do that! Do something.

[Eric is upset that Jerry had embezzled money from him]

Eazy-E:
Here's what's about to happen. I'm gonna get N.W.A back together. And you ain't gonna have nothing to do with it this time.

Jerry Heller:
Why the f*** can you even say something like that? What the f*** is going on with you, man? I know what's good for you, I know what's good for Ruthless, and we have worked up a trust after years of hard work and that trust is our foundation, Eric. I don't give a shit.

[Eric is coughing]

Jerry Heller:
[concerned] Eric? How is it man? Are you okay?

Eazy-E:
Trust? Trust is a muthaf***a!

Jerry Heller:
Is it? May I ask you something? Eric, If what I'm doing is so illegal, how come I've never been sued? If I'm such a f***ing thief, such a liar, such a motherf***er, how come nobody's ever come to collect? Because this is business. And this is how it works. And it's not always pretty, no. Do I cover my own ass? Do I cover my own end? Absolutely. But don't you dare f***ing tell me that I have not taken care of you. Don't you f***ing tell me that I've not had your back from day one! DAY ONE!

Eazy-E:
Is this taking care of me?

Jerry Heller:
Are you f***ing kidding me? It's taking care of the whole f***ing thing! It's business! [repeating what he said earlier] And this is how it works. Have I covered my end? Do I cover my ass? Absolutely. But don't you dare f***ing tell me that I have not taken care of you.

Eazy-E:
Is this business too?

Jerry Heller:
Yes, this is business, this is how f***ed up it can get. But I didn't start this! I didn't f*** it up! You did!

Eazy-E:
No, you did. You're fired, Jerry.

[Eric leaves Jerry's house]

Jerry Heller:
[Ice Cube enters a dimly lit room] Good to see you, Cube

Ice Cube:
I can barely see you, Jerry. What's with all the Godfather shit?

Jerry Heller:
[chuckles] Okay. I know that you've been very eager to sign a contract with Eric's company, Ruthless Records [hands Cube the contract]

Ice Cube:
Eric's company... ain't it your company, too?

Jerry Heller:
That's incorrect. It's not my company. I work for you.

Ice Cube:
You work for me?

Jerry Heller:
Uh-huh. I've made that clear from the beginning

Ice Cube:
All right, cool. So I can take this to a lawyer or something, right?

Jerry Heller:
Cube, those guys are paid to make trouble. They're gonna create problems, where no problems exist.

Ice Cube:
Jerry you know I don't know what none of this legal shit means! All right, none of us do. So we gonna need a lawyer before we sign anything.

Jerry Heller:
Everybody else has already signed. I thought you knew this. You're the only one who hasn't. [Cube shuffles through the contract, somewhat stunned] There's also this... [presents Cube with a check] $75,000. [retreats the check as Cube reaches for it] Sign the contract, and all this money is yours.

Ice Cube:
That's my money anyway, Jerry! I earned that money! Now I wrote a lot of hit songs. We've been on this tour for months, selling out shows, selling records. I know it's plenty of money!

Jerry Heller:
Really? [chuckles] Jesus Christ.

Ice Cube:
Gimme my money, Jerry.

Jerry Heller:
How the hell do you think this works? How the hell do you think all of this gets paid for? The hotel rooms, the tour buses, security, the parties, all this shit. How do you think it gets paid for, you think it's free?

Ice Cube:
Why are you doing this now? If we were so good, why didn't you give us contracts in the beginning?

Jerry Heller:
Because nothing is a sure thing, Cube. Even a great talent can crash and burn. Too much ego, too much excess, too many expectations. It tends to ruin things. You oughta keep that in mind. [Jerry and Cube tensely glare at each other]

Ice Cube:
This Eric's company, right? Bye Jerry [tosses contract on the table] I'm out.

Eazy-E:
[Eazy is in the studio, "Appetite for Destruction playing in the background] [cuts off music] So what's up? When you talked to me on the phone, man you sounded pretty worked up.

Dr. Dre:
Yeah I know you don't like hearing this shit... it's about Jerry. We gotta get rid of that motherf***er, E.

Eazy-E:
[sighs] That's really why you came here? I thought all this shit was in the past, Dre.

Dr. Dre:
This some real shit, man. And the shit been happening since the beginning. I had some people look into this, I ain't been getting my fair share-...

Eazy-E:
Do you even know why you rich though? Do you know why you got a big ass house and you ain't sleeping on your auntie couch no more? Because Jerry made that possible for us. He kicked down the door for that shit to happen. For us! And you just gonna turn your back on him? What, you Cube now?

Dr. Dre:
Cube was right, fool! E, look at the papers, man and you'll see what the f*** I'm talking about. And forget about Jerry, man! You keep talking about 'Jerry this, Jerry that'. We didn't make it because of Jerry, we made it because our shit is dope! And we can keep going, E. We can own the goddamn world, but we just can't be f***ing with him no more! Man, we started this N.W.A shit. I just want it to be right.

Eazy-E:
And this what you think right? Turnin' your back on someone after all he done for us.

Dr. Dre:
You mean all he done for you. Right? Look at me. Look at me. When Tyree died, you said we was always gonna be brothers. But I guess you forgot about that. Ima start my own company with Suge Knight, E. Thought we were brothers, man. [tosses papers and leaves]

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