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YMMV: N.W.A.

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: After an album's worth of heavy beats and angry lyrics, Straight Outta Compton ends with the more uptempo, electro-influenced "Something 2 Dance 2", a showcase for the otherwise absent Arabian Prince. Something Awful mockingly described this as "like a bloody gangster movie cutting to a glowstick rave during the closing credits".
  • Face of the Band: Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and...? ...
    • MC Ren and D.J. Yella/Yellow Boy; Arabian Prince maybe, considering he only showed up on one track.
  • Genre Original Sin: N.W.A. often get the blame for making Rap synonymous with "Gangsta" themes in the eyes of the public.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In 1991, the members of NWA talk about the dangers of STDs, and Eazy-E, in particular, stresses the importance of wearing a condom. In 1995, Eazy-E died from AIDS dues to years of dangerous sexual activity.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The cover art of Niggaz4Life depicts the ghost of Eazy-E rising from a body bag. Sure, he wasn't murdered like the cover suggests - rather, he died of AIDS - but it's still pretty eerie. It's also pretty eerie listening to Eazy brag so much about his promiscuity, when you know that that's very likely what did him in.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of Eazy-E's lines from "Real Muthapuckkin G's" mocks rumours about Death Row Records thusly:
    But at Death Row, I hear you're gettin' treated like boot camp
    Gotta follow ya sergeant's directions, or get your ass pumped with a Smith & Wesson
    • Three years later, Dr. Dre left Death Row and it turned out that the label's owner Suge Knight was in fact a dictatorial, violent prick.
    • Before that, here's a line from "Express Yourself":
    "I still express, yo I don't smoke weed or sess, 'cause it's known to give a brother brain damage..."
  • Memetic Mutation: "Fuck The Police", as the (usually relatively lame) troublemaker's unofficial battlecry.
  • Moment Of Awesome: In the official video for "100 Miles And Runnin'", MC Ren is being chased by a squad car. When the car catches up to him, he does a flip over it, resulting in a collision with another car, and consequently causing the explosion of the second car. Ren then proceeds to continue running, seemingly oblivious to what has happened.


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