Episode #38 | 9.26.19

N.W.A (Part 2): Beatdowns, Band Beef, Death Row and LA on Fire

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Part two of the N.W.A story finds the group dead center in America’s crosshairs due in part to their own violent behavior and at a crossroads creatively. Death Row’s Suge Knight, Public Enemy’s Chuck D. and a young thug from the east coast all ride shotgun to Dre, E, Cube, Yella and Ren as the group finds itself having predicted yet another one of America’s darkest moments. 


Los Angeles Times: The moment N.W.A changed the music world

Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap by Gerrick Kennedy

Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray

Los Angeles Times: The Age of Hip-Hop, From the streets to cultural dominance

LA Weekly: 9 Truths Cut From Straight Outta Compton

Daily Beast: Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre’s Assault on Dee Barnes and the Problem With Music Biopics

Associated Press: Dr. Dre Sentenced to Eight Months in Jail

Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.


Score by Jake Brennan. 

Mixed and Engineered by Sean Cahalin.

Disgraceland theme song, "Crenshaw Space Boogie" written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Bryce Kanzer, Jay Cannava and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor.

*illustrations by Avi Spivak @avispivak