Straight Outta Compton is a genre-defining gangsta rap album by N.W.A first released in 1988, and later rereleased on September 24, 2002 in a remastered version with four bonus tracks. The album was a hip hop groundbreaker that went on to have an enormous impact on the evolution of gangsta rap.
N.W.A. ("Niggaz With Attitude") is a hip hop group that was formed in Compton, California in 1986, and disbanded in 1991.
Over the course of the five years that the group was together, they redefined the face of West Coast hip hop in both lyrical and instrumental ways. N.W.A. was one of the first gangsta rap groups to achieve widespread commercial success without radio airplay or many other conventional mainstream promotions. In fact, they were banned from many radio stations.