‘Straight Outta Compton’ To Live Forever In The Library Of Congress
N.W.A.’s once intensely controversial album “Straight Outta Compton” will now be archived in the Library of Congress as it has been selected among 24 other additions to the National Recording Registry, the Associated Press reports.
“Straight Outta Compton,” which was first released in 1988, had an immediate impact on the hip-hop industry and inspired generations of artists who followed them.
It was the first album to ever receive a parental advisory label for explicit content for the rap group’s raw lyrics about gang violence, drugs and race in the Los Angeles area. One track titled “F**k the Police,” which often inspired riots at their concerts, even led the FBI to write a warning letter to the rap group’s record label.
The ground-breaking record achieved platinum sales without radio airplay and is widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever made. The effect “Straight Outta Compton” had on hip-hop and American culture as a whole eventually inspired the recent Oscar-nominated film by the same name.
“Straight Outta Compton” will now be preserved in the audio-visual vault of the Library of Congress in Culpeper, Virginia. Twenty-four other additions have been selected to be placed in the registry including work from longtime baseball announcer Vin Scully, the Eagles’ 1976 greatest-hits collection, Don McLean’s “American Pie,” and Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz.”