A Consider the Gangster Rap Crew NWA in the United States

NWA was a gangsta rap crew who advised tales of the ‘hustler’ way of life where “life ain’t nothin’ but bitches and cash.” As such, they relied heavily on being as unpleasant as possible. The covers of their 1988 album, Straight Outta Compton, includes a power-emphasising low-angle shot of the band associates looking into the surveillance camera, which places the audience in the positioning of the defeated enemy. A gun is pointing right at us. Each guy is wearing ‘street’ apparel, and you have a chunky gold necklace displaying. The photo is shot in natural lighting, and the eye of three of the males will be obscured by shadows. By their stern facial expressions, they likely won’t be showing mercy. Here is the image they’re targeting: hard, ruthless, cold. During the period of the narrative the three front side men - Ice Cube, MC Ren and Eazy-E - accuse the LAPD of racism and violence and go as far as to threaten any rogue officers with loss of life. Their overtly violent stance separates them from the rap mainstream, and the righteous anger of the music - the marked refusal to allow enemy smite the various other cheek - is packed with subversive potential. It commences with a courtroom picture pastiche where the DJ, Dr. Dre, re-positions himself as the judge and the three vocalists as witnesses. In his booming tone of voice Judge Dre asks Ice Cube if he swears to tell “the fact, the complete truth, and only the truth, so help your dark-colored ass?” Ice Cube replies: “You’re Goddamn best suited!” The exaggerated informality of the NWA courtroom displays how they also bring a feeling of humour with them. Tricia Rose says “oppressed people use words, dance, and music to