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Hip-hop and America were both in the throes of a major transition in 1986. The government found itself fixated on the War on Drugs while also playing a major role in distributing cocaine to poor communities through the Iran Contra Affair. HIV/AIDS changed the dynamics of sexual health and President Ronald Reagan’s Reaganomics policies increased…

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Straight Outta Compton

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country.  When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.  Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton…

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Fans will finally getting a long awaited new album by Dr. Dre, but it won’t be the album they were expecting. During a radio interview in promotion of the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, the legendary artist and producer dropped the bombshell that he has officially scrapped plans for his heavily anticipated album, Detox,…

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Last night, Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. and Jason Mitchell hosted a private screening of the Universal Pictures’ film Straight Outta Compton at Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta’s midtown area. After the screening, there was a discussion on Compton, police brutality, and N.W.A’s impact on hip-hop with the film’s executive producers Ice Cube…

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Some socially- and fashion-conscious Twitter users took fashion retailer Forever 21 to task for launching a “Niggaz With Attitude” product line and social media campaign intended to pay homage to the rap group N.W.A., citing “cultural appropriation.” “This was unacceptable to me for obvious reasons. What ever one’s feeling is about the ‘N’ word, I believe…

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