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Part 4: Heaven 17 to N.W.A. (1981-1988)
18 Jul 2007 // 5:00 PM

Sarcasm, irony, tongue-in-cheek, parody. Thumb your nose at 'em. Flip 'em the finger. Plug in the amp and blast 'em. That oughta kick 'em outta their apathy and get their asses shakin'! And more thoughts on motivational music.


Seven Ways to Detox
18 Jan 2009 // 2:00 PM

It's 2009, and that means it has now been a full decade since Dr. Dre's last official release. Here are some suggestions for survival while you continue to await his long-gestating follow-up, Detox.


Various Artists: Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
26 Jul 2012 // 5:05 PM

Soundtrack makes for a pretty good listen, but doesn't live up to its audacious subtitle.

N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton: 20th Anniversary Edition
6 Dec 2007 // 3:00 PM

Straight Outta Compton is one of the single most important albums of the last 25 years and its influence cannot readily be overstated.


Counterbalance No. 109: N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton'
6 Dec 2012 // 11:00 PM

This week's LP is expressin' with its full capabilities. It's not livin' in correctional facilities, though, it's the 109th most acclaimed album of all time. A West Coast masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


N.W.A. Reuniting for BET Festival
9 Jun 2015 // 6:28 AM

Three surviving members of the group N.W.A., which defined West Coast gangsta rap and forever changed American music culture, will reunite for a performance at the BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 27.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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