Top 10 Best N.W.A. Songs

N.W.A. burst onto the scene in the late 80s from Compton, California, and shook up the music world with their straight-up, no-holds-barred tunes. Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, the main guys in the group, weren’t afraid to get real about life, laying down tracks filled with bold words and strong messages about the struggles of marginalized communities in America, talking racism, police brutality, and street life.

Their first album, “Straight Outta Compton,” dropped in 1988, caused a whole bunch of stir but still managed to blow up big time, becoming a cornerstone for gangsta rap. It was real, it was raw, and it hit hard, turning it into a timeless piece of hip-hop history. Their sound and fearless way of bringing real-world problems into the music opened doors for tons of artists and played a huge role in pushing hip-hop and rap into the mainstream.

So, if we’re talking about the best N.W.A. songs, there’s a whole load to choose from, each one bringing something different to the table – killer lyrics, cool beats, you name it. So, what do you think are the best N.W.A. songs? Have a think and throw in your vote for the tracks you reckon should be sitting at the top of the list.
The Top Ten
1 Straight Outta Compton

This is one of the greatest hip-hop or rap tracks of all time. It was the opening track on the group's debut groundbreaking album. This track had brilliant lyrics, production, and is overall brilliant.

The opening starts with Ice Cube tearing up the track with memorable and powerful lyrics like, 'When I got a saw it off, the bodies are hauled off' or 'When I'm in your neighborhood, you best duck, cause Ice Cube is crazy as f***'. Next, Ren spits absolute fire. Next, Eazy comes in with the evil high pitch and perfect flow and rhymes to close the track.

2 F*** the Police

One of the most angry and controversial songs in history, this was the song that put the group on the map as well as getting them a warning letter from the F.B.I. The song opens with the killer flow of Ice Cube going against the L.A.P.D. Next, Ren goes in with his vigorous flow targeting the police as racist and unfair, then closing with Eazy's killer flow humiliating the police all over.

The most real song made by NWA. Telling the story of what it truly was to be an African American in Compton during this time and also the problem of racial profiling.

3 Express Yourself

This song, unlike the group's tracks, puts away the violent and vulgar lyrics and just straight up tells you to be how you want to be. This was Dr. Dre's first solo rap featured on the 'Straight Outta Compton' album. This song is a feel-good track that you can't help but sing along to. Undoubtedly one of the group's best tracks.

One of the lyrically best songs by this kick-ass group!

4 Gangsta, Gangsta

This track is one of the group's greatest, with a great catchy hook that gets you hyped. The song features Cube showing off his brilliant lyrical credibility and skills. The song ends with Eazy-E closing with a smooth and easy flow. This was track three on Straight Outta Compton.

Great song... My all-time favorite.

5 100 Miles and Runnin'

This was the group's lead track for their EP, right after Cube left and having awesome verses from Dre, Ren, and Eazy talking all the usual controversial hardcore rap lyrics tearing up the song. It was also placed on the group's greatest hits.

By far the best song! So much energy!

Truly shows that Dr. Dre and Yella can produce after you listen to this song.

6 Dopeman

A bass-heavy track written by Ice Cube, featuring verses from Cube and closed by Eazy. The track refers to Eazy's former job of crack dealing and talks about the way crack on the streets L.A. is.

Bass-heavy song, its amazing combination with Ice Cube and Eazy.

7 I Ain't tha 1

Dopest song NWA ever did, or should I say Cube and Dre ever did. The beat is super dope, as are Cube’s lyrics. One-shot kill right here. True gangsta classic... the Scarface remake is dope too.

8 8 Ball

Remix of one of N.W.A's first songs, this is maybe the best storytelling rap they've ever done, with Cube writing lyrics for this Eazy-E solo track, explaining life in the hood - one of their best.

The most autobiographical track that the group ever cut, and I must say that it is a great one.

9 Alwayz Into Somethin'

I was expecting this to be #1. Seems like too many Lil Wayne fans are voting here.

10 Appetite for Destruction

Raw Production & Raw Rap Styles

Dr. Dre was at his peak of production before he started using ghost producers. MC Ren's best was in this album, and Eazy-E hit his stride as an MC, actually writing more of his own. Eazy-E was at his best on this album and the following album & E.P. after.

Even without Ice Cube, EFIL4ZAGGIN was great.

Also, it should get bonus points for being over 2 decades old. It is hands down the best hip hop track in GTAV.

The Contenders
11 Parental Discretion Iz Advised

I like the song very much because the whole group raps in it with a nice flow, and the beat is also very nice and stimulating, especially the breaks sometimes.

The piano at the end of the song gives it a very good chill-out ending.

This should be much higher on the list.

12 If It Ain't Ruff

This was Ren's solo track, spitting fire all the way through, featuring the memorable hook 'If It Ain't Ruff, It ain't me'. It was featured on the group's debut album, 'Straight Outta Compton,' and was produced by Dr. Dre.

13 Real N*****
14 Ni***z 4 Life
15 A Bitch Is a Bitch
16 Chin Check
17 Compton's N the House
18 I'd Rather F*** You
19 Message to B.A.
20 Something Like That
21 Findum, F***um and Flee
22 Quiet On Tha Set

This is the most underrated song that "N.W.A." fans don't know about.

23 Hello
24 Boyz-N-The-Hood
25 Real N*****s Don't Die
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