N.W.A (abbreviation for Niggaz Wit Attitudes as an American hip hop group from Compton, California. Active from 1986 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy due to the explicit nature of their lyrics, and was subsequently banned from many mainstream U.S. radio stations. In spite of this, the group has sold over 10 million CD units in the U.S. alone. The original lineup consisted of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and MC Ren; Arabian Prince embarked on a solo career in 1989 and Ice Cube left in December of that year over royalty disputes. The group was assembled by Compton-based Eazy-E, who co-founded Ruthless Records with Jerry Heller. N.W.A released, Straight Outta Compton, in 1988. Under pressure from Focus on the Family, Milt Ahlerich, an assistant director of the FBI, sent a letter to Ruthless and its distributing company Priority Records, advising the rappers that "advocating violence and assault is wrong and we in the law enforcement community take exception to such action." group's concerts, hurting their plans to tour. Nonetheless, the FBI's letter only served to draw more publicity to the group. One month after Straight Outta Compton, Eazy-E's solo debut Eazy-Duz-It was released. 1989 saw the re-issue of N.W.A and the Posse and Straight Outta Compton on CD, and the release of The D.O.C.'s No One Can Do It Better. N.W.A's title track from their 1990 EP "100 Miles and Runnin'", however, included a diss of Ice Cube. N.W.A is referenced on Ice Cube's 1990 EP, Kill at Will, where he name-checks his former group. The group's second full-length release, 1991's Efil4zaggin "Niggaz4Life" spelled backwards. members MC Ren, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E individually to "100 Miles and Runnin'", claiming I started off with too much cargo, dropped four niggaz / And now I'm makin' all the dough, using homophobic metaphors to describe their unequal business relationship with Jerry Heller, who became...
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