Warning: contains explicit language.
Like their full name suggests, Niggaz with Attitude (or N.W.A) were not afraid to express their opinions. The West Coast ensemble, made up of now famous names like Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E, pioneered unapologetically violent gangsta rap that celebrated the criminal lifestyle. Yet their 1988 release “F___ tha Police” spoke of racism, police brutality and a tension between black urban youth and law enforcement that would boil over several years later following the Rodney King beating. The controversial lyrics warranted a letter from the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service and got the group banned from several concert venues — a fact that only served to increase their popularity with their fan base.
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