Hip Hop Theory

By: John DiBella


Hip hop is a style of popular music of black and US Hispanic origin, featuring rap with an electronic backing. It began to start back in the 70’s in the South Bronx of New York city and has gone through some tremendous changes up to now. Started by a guy name One Kool DJ from Jamaica, he started reciting improvised rhymes over reggae records. But unfortunately, New York didn’t seem to interested in his work. But in 1986, it changed. A grouped named N.W.A started in Compton, California bringing a new twist to hip hop. They endured controversy due to the explicit nature of their lyrics. Even though they were banned from many radio stations, they still sold over 9 million in the U.S alone.

Boyz N The Hood - Eazy E

Boyz in the Hood-NWA

This song belongs in this soundtrack because it was one of the first song written by Eazy-E and NWA. It became a big hit when it came out and is still a favorite by many. This song was able to paint a great picture of what it likes to grow up in the streets of Compton.

Red Hot Chili Peppers often covered the song live as an intro jam to their own song, "Special secrete song inside", on their 1989-90 Mother's milk tour.


N.W.A- Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton-NWA

This song is considered one of the best hip hop songs of all time. Written by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Easy-E and MC ren. It appeared on this groups debut album, Straight Outta Compton.

The first verse of the song by Ice Cube is referenced quit often by other rappers.


N.W.A. - Dope Man

Dopeman- NWA

This is a song written in 1987 and appeared on the album N.W.A and the Posse. It was written by Ice Cube and Eazy-E.

The song is about a dopeman and how the fast money he makes from dope will eventually get him killed. The group NWA actually knew the man they wrote this song about.


N.W.A. Gangsta Gangsta

Gangsta gangsta-NWA

This song was a single in 1988 by N.W.A and appeared in their debute album Straight Outta Compton. The song is about the up and downside of living the "gangsta life" in South Central Los Angeles.

This song appeared in the 2013 video game, Grand Theft Auto V.


N.W.A - Chin Check

Chin Check- NWA

"Chin Check" is a 1999 rap single by NWA, featuring Snoop Dogg. It was a reunion of the mebmbers of NWA, Ice Cube, Dr Dree and MC Ren. They also recorded this song n 2000 for the film Next Friday. This song was a No.1 hit on the rap charts.

This song is remembered as being a "reunion song" for NWA as it was the first song they performed together since their split and as a tribute to Eazy-E, who died in 1995.


N.W.A - 100 Miles And Runnin'

100 Miles and Runnin'-NWA

This song was the groups lead track for their EP, released August 14th, 1990, right after one of their members Ice Cube left. It has verses from DR Dre, MC Ren and Eazy-E. A reason i chose this song is because of a big role it played in the groups life's as it was a dis track towards Ice Cube.

This song was the groups first song to gain radio air time and appear on live TV with it's music video.


NWA - Express Yourself (Album Version)

Express Yourself-NWA. Solo by Dr Dre.

This song was recorded by N.W.A but was a solo by Dr Dre. It was featured in their 1988 album, Straight Outta Compton. The song almost devoided profanity and violent content. The lyrics of the song focused on the concept of free expression and the constraints placed on rappers by radio censorship.


NWA - F*** Tha Police (Censored)

F**k The police-NWA

This song brought up a lot of problems with group, including the police themselves. It was a protest song that appeared on their Straight Outta Compton album. Protesting police brutality and racial profiling, it's lyrics express approval of violence against police.

Being against violence towards police, this song sadly in ways still explains the problems officers face now on a day to day basis.

The FBI actually wrote a letter to N.W.A's record company about the lyrics expressing disapproval and arguing that the song misrepresnted police.