Almost an obligatory choice for this list, 1988's 'Straight Outta Compton' is perhaps the ultimate gangsta rap album --- a violent, uncompromising springboard for the success of West Coast rap and soon-to-be superstars Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

Lyrics like, "I make killings (why's that?) / I'm a muthaf---in' ruthless villain ('Compton's In The House')," are trigger-happy and scary, but laced over simple, sometimes-upbeat production that includes both funk and jazz.

While you're listening, don't forget to duck.

 

 

 

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