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Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap

Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap

Written by Gerrick D. Kennedy

Narrated by Guy Lockard


Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap

Written by Gerrick D. Kennedy

Narrated by Guy Lockard

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4.5/5 (24 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Dec 5, 2017
ISBN:
9781508251941
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Description

Discover the stunning rise, fall, and legacy of N.W.A, one of America's most revered and iconic enduring music groups, who put their stamp on pop culture, black culture, and who changed hip-hop music forever in this comprehensive and authoritative work of music journalism.

In 1986, a rap group was formed that would establish the foundation of gangsta rap and push the genre forward, electrifying fans with their visceral and profane lyrics that sensationalized street life and brazenly challenged the police system.

Comprised of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, the group's multi-platinum success was aided, and at times tarnished, by its brash swagger and conflicts with legal and business establishments. During their five years together, N.W.A managed to put West Coast hip-hop on the map and mint groundbreaking superstars out of Eazy, Dre, and Cube, ushering in a new genre of rap that included Tupac, Snoop Dogg, and the Notorious B.I.G.

Going beyond the story portrayed in the 2015 blockbuster movie Straight Outta Compton, through firsthand interviews, extensive research, and top-notch storytelling, Los Angeles Times music reporter Gerrick Kennedy transports readers back in time to offer a front-row seat to the drama and controversy that followed N.W.A as they rose to become a music sensation. Kennedy leaves nothing off the table in his pursuit of the full story behind the group's most pivotal moments, such as Ice Cube's decision to go solo after their debut studio album became a smash hit; their battle with the FBI over inflammatory lyrics; incidents of physical assault; Dr. Dre's departure from the group to form Death Row Records with Suge Knight; their impact on the 1992 L.A. riots; Eazy-E's battle with AIDS; plus more.

A bold and riveting work of music journalism, Parental Discretion Is Advised unveils the true and astonishing history of one of the most transcendent and controversial musical groups of the 1980s and 1990s.

Released:
Dec 5, 2017
ISBN:
9781508251941
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as bookBook

About the author

Gerrick D. Kennedy is a music writer for the Los Angeles Times covering pop, R&B/soul and hip-hop. An Ohio native, he came to the Los Angeles Times as an intern in 2009. On the pop music team, he’s found his favorite stories while smoking cigars with Nas, being trapped on a Kid Rock-themed music cruise, rediscovering boy bands, and perfecting the craft of the snarky tweet. In 2012, Kennedy was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.


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  • (5/5)
    Loved their music in the 80sand saw them perform at Golden Hall with MC Hammer. After listening to this it can be said that Easy E was a drug deaker looking to go legit. It seems that he was remembered as generous and he had great character. He is also a good example of why promiscuity leads to AIDS without protection. There is definitely a shadow over his death. He was a very controvertial individual. DR Dre while having at least admitted to being a woman beater doesnt get my forgiveness.He is a brilliant producer and the pfunk combination with Snoop Dogg was a winning combo. Hands down Ice Cube was the most provacative writer of the group and his solo career highlighted that talent. Yella and Ren played 2cd to Easy and Cube, but they added to the groups success. NWA was the voice of the oppressed west coast youth.
  • (5/5)
    Essential reading for anyone interested in hip-hop or gangsta rap music and it’s place in the music industry. The author goes deep into detail of social issues that effected each member of N.W.A.