Surviving members of N.W.A. saw an expansion of their bucket list of prestigious honors, that most artists – [much less a group of rappers from Compton, CA] – never dreamed of, when it was recently announced that their classic debut, Straight Outta Compton, has been selected for induction into the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The legendary West Coast group’s debut has been wildly celebrated since experiencing a revival with the success of a movie documenting Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella’s journey hitting big screens in 2015. The film was followed by a second wind in Ice Cube’s film career, more significant talk about Eazy’s legacy than ever before, recognition by the Grammy’s that year, and the ultimate accolade with their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
With news that their 1988 classic will be archived as a historic work in the nation’s capital, N.W.A will garner a distinction an elite few have, as did Lauryn Hill when her Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill album was selected in 2015. Their name will be cushioned alongside the works of a 2017 class of artists that includes Richard Pryor, Talking Heads, Barbara Streisand, and The Eagles, among others.