Acclaimed Albums – Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 224/250Title: Straight Outta Compton
Artist: N.W.A
Year: 1988
Position: #109

When I wrote my post for Appetite for Destruction I made a comment about how coronavirus meant I didn’t have a listening mindset for the previous three weeks.

I wrote that post five months ago.

Since I want to get back into my blog stuff  – albeit with a reduced posting schedule in order to maintain sanity and to try and build my lead back up a bit – I thought it was time for an album. Especially as, given that I will be working from home for many more months, I am unlikely to be making my way through either the books or comics list.

Straight Outta Compton may not have been the most normal way for me to get into list, but it was the kick I needed on a Thursday morning to help me get through the day. In the six and a half years of doing this blog, and this list, I think that my views of hip-hop music (as well as RnB in general) has improved. True these aren’t the albums that end up topping my end of the year lists, but I am more open to them – which is a step forward.

On the whole, when it comes to hip-hop from this list, Straight Outta Compton is one of the better of the bunch. I preferred this to their contemporaries Public Enemy – but there is part of me wondering if that’s actual preference or the difference that five years of music listening has done to me.

However, one thing that I continue to butt up against is the misogyny. It’s not in all the tracks, but boy when it appears it just makes me feel like trash for listening to it. I know this is an album older than I am and that things have improved since then, but some of the woman-hating machismo in this album is just terrible. The rest of the album is pretty good though.

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