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"Straight Outta Compton" is a song by American hip hop group N.W.A. It was released on July 10, 1988 as the lead single from their debut album of the same name. It also appears on N.W.A's Greatest Hits with an extended mix and The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge. It was voted number 19 on's Top 100 Rap Songs,[1] and is ranked number 6 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

"Straight Outta Compton'"
Single by N.W.A
from the album Straight Outta Compton
B-side"Fuck tha Police"
ReleasedJuly 10, 1988 (1988-07-10)
N.W.A singles chronology
"Panic Zone"
"Straight Outta Compton'"
"Gangsta Gangsta"
Audio sample

In 2015, "Straight Outta Compton" debuted at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated September 5, 2015 as a result of the recent releases of the film of the same name and Dr. Dre's Compton; it was the highest debut on the chart that week.[2] This became the group's first top 40 hit song, in large part due to lack of airplay since N.W.A was banned from many radio stations in the 1980s, charting 27 years after its initial release and 24 years since the group originally disbanded.[3][4][5][6][7][8]



The opening verse is rapped by Ice Cube. MC Ren delivers the second, and Eazy-E the third verse. Dr. Dre does the intro as well as introducing Eazy E's verse.


The song, especially Ice Cube's verse is referenced quite often by rappers, and not infrequently by Cube himself. In the song "Compton" by The Game, he says "Nigga I'ma keep on stompin' comin' straight outta Compton"

Music videoEdit

A video was made of the song. It features Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, Krazy Dee, and DJ Yella. The video shows the group walking and posing throughout various parts of the city of Compton. Ice Cube and Ren are chased by the police during their verses, arrested, and put in a holding van. Eazy-E's verse shows him riding alongside the van in a convertible, yelling at the driver who ignores him. As the van leaves the neighborhood local residents throw rocks at it. In the clean version of the video, profanities have edited lyrics by rappers' voices, including words like "fuck" changed to "get" from time to time with different words as well. The video first aired in May 1989, directed by Rupert Wainwright.[9]

Cover versionsEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit


Chart (2011–15) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 63
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 38
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 13
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[15] 9


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Top 100 Rap Songs Accessed February 28, 2008.
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100, September 5, 2015".
  3. ^ "After 27 Years, N.W.A Finally Cracked Billboard's Hot 100". 25 August 2015.
  4. ^ "N.W.A Takes Over Charts, Gets First Top 40 Hit on Hot 100".
  5. ^ "N.W.A Finally Has Their First Top 40 Hit - SPIN". 25 August 2015.
  6. ^ "N.W.A. Score First Top 40 Hit with "Straight Outta Compton"".
  7. ^ "NWA charts on Billboard Hot 100's Top 40 for the first time with "Straight Outta Compton" single". 25 August 2015.
  8. ^ "THE GAMUTT-- WebMag: #NWA scores 1st ever Top 40 HIT on #Billboard! Make HUGE strides BACK on the CHARTS!".
  9. ^ "Straight Outta Compton". MVDBase. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  10. ^ "Eye Weekly".
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 37, 2015". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "N.W.A Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  14. ^ "N.W.A Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  15. ^ "N.W.A Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  16. ^ "American single certifications – J Cole – No Role Modelz". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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