August 08, 2017

N.W.A. "Straight Outta Compton" (Letter From Dept. of Justice)

N.W.A. Letter from FBI to NWA
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton 1988

"A song recorded by the rap group N.W.A. on their album entitled "Straight Outta Compton" encourages violence against and disrespect for the law enforcement officer and has been brought to my attention. I understand your company recorded and distributed this album, and I am writing to share my thoughts and concerns with you. Advocating violence and assault is wrong, and we in the law enforcement community take exception to such action. Violent crime, a major problem in our country, reached an unprecedented high in 1988. Seventy-eight law enforcement officers were feloniously slain in the line of duty during 1988, four more than in 1987. Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the protection of our citizens, and recordings such as the one from N.W.A. are both discouraging and degrading to these brave, dedicated officers. Music plays a significant role in society, and I wanted you to be aware of the FBI's position relative to this song and its message. I believe my views reflect the opinion of the entire law enforcement community." The letter was signed by Milt Ahlerich (Office of Public Affairs) to Gui Manganiello (Priority Records). N.W.A.'s album "Straight Outta Compton" was released in late 1988 or more likely early 1989, and the letter above was dated August 1, 1989. The World's Most Dangerous Crew ... this was the only release with Ice Cube, who departed the group in 1989. The production was handled by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella. The album has since gone Triple platinum, without receiving any radio play! Straight Outta Compton is a historic album and a very important piece of Hip-Hop history. It's being discussed today, but an official release date is unclear, so my apologies for any misinformation. Updated.

N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton CD Longbox 1988

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