Fans of the movie who weren’t previously aware of NWA’s musical ability are in for a treat as Universal yesterday announced January 8th 2016 as the release date of the long-awaited soundtrack.
Straight Outta Compton: Music From The Motion Picture, the official soundtrack for the highly successful and critically acclaimed N.W.A biopic features key tracks from gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, as well as old-skool cuts by funk and soul legends Parliament, Funkadelic, Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame and Roy Ayers Ubiquity.
The album also features music composed and conducted for the film by Joseph Trapans, and produced by Bryan Lawson and Joseph Trapans.
Songs on Straight Outta Compton: Music From The Motion Picture include “Quiet on tha Set,” “Gangsta Gangsta,” “Express Yourself” and the explosive title track from N.W.A’s earthshaking, triple platinum debut album, Straight Outta Compton. Solo cuts include Eazy-E’s “We Want Eazy,” Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” featuring Snoop Dogg, and both legendary “dis” track throw-downs released by N.W.A and Ice Cube, after the latter acrimoniously left the group, are included here: N.W.A’s “Real N****z” and Ice Cube’s return shot, “No Vaseline.”
Straight Outta Compton: Music From The Motion Picture also features songs that are part of the DNA of the group including Funkadelic’s “(Not Just) Knee Deep,” Parliament’s “Flash Light,” and 1983’s funk bomb “Weak at the Knees” by Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame. Never has a history lesson felt so fresh, and over time this music has lost none of its potency or relevance.