Compton's N.W.A. – short for Niggaz Wit Attitude – brought an unprecedented rawness and aggression to hip-hop, setting a blueprint for the gangsta rap genre. While the group only produced two full-length albums before disbanding, its influence was enormous, and its alums include three of rap's most iconic figures: Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the late Eazy-E.
Previous nominations: 0 (first year eligible)
Signature songs: "Fuck Tha Police," "Straight Outta Compton," "Express Yourself"
From the RS Archives: N.W.A. Cops an Attitude (1989)