Episode #37 | 9.26.19

N.W.A (Part 1): Street Hustle, Reality Rap and Culture Shifting Violence

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N.W.A, the self-proclaimed, “most dangerous group in America” were seen as violent, thuggish, profanity spewing criminals but they had nothing on those who were sworn to serve and protect them in South Central, Los Angeles. The group’s hard-hitting beats and reality rhymes launched a “gangsta rap” trend in music that still thrives today and their album, Straight Outta Compton predicted one of the most notoriously violent events in American history.


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