Terry McDermott of the Los Angeles Times put together a fantastic account of the origins of N.W.A.’s underground rise to become basically the founders of a genre in the late 80’s. McDermott wrote, “N.W.A had more of an effect in less time than probably any figures in pop music history. It’s as if Sinatra had become Sinatra by cutting a single record, as if Dylan quit before going electric. N.W.A incited a revolution that redefined hip-hop just as hip-hop was poised to overrun popular culture. As pop has increasingly become the culture that matters, hip-hop has reached deep into mainstream America.” The article at latimes.com has since been removed.
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