N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Album Will Be Preserved by Library of Congress
Hip-hop's original bad boys are getting once again getting some serious recognition. Yesterday (March 29), the Library of Congress revealed that N.W.A's seminal debut album, Straight Outta Compton, is one of 25 recordings being added to the National Recording Registry after being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" enough to join the collection.
Other audio treasures entering the National Recording Registry include Don McLean's "American Pie," David Bowie's album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Judy Garland's hit single, "Over The Rainbow." You can peep the rest of the list for yourself here.
This news arrives a little less than four months after it was announced N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton was being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, along with Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” David Bowie’s “Changes,” Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings The Blues, Beach Boys’ “I Get Around” and many more.
Some three decades after its release, Straight Outta Compton stands as a classic and perhaps N.W.A's most significant contribution to hip-hop and the world abroad. The album detailed the grim realities of life in Compton, California, while introducing the world to folks like Ice Cube and Dr. Dre and Eazy-E . Salute to some true-to-life rap pioneers.
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