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Straight Checkn 'Em

Compton's Most Wanted

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Though Compton’s Most Wanted failed to achieve the notoriety of Dre, Cube, and Eazy, those with an ear for great hip-hop flocked to the group in droves. In reality, C.M.W. were not opportunistic newcomers but hardened veterans of the Los Angeles hip-hop scene. Old school electro pioneer the Unknown DJ crafted the moody, breakbeat-laced G-Funk of Straight Checkn ‘Em over which MC Eiht, who had earned his stripes as a member of WC’s Maad Circle, delivered a series of brooding hood narratives worthy of Ice Cube himself. Though critics derided them as glorifying mindlessly violent imagery, stark tales such as “Driveby Miss Daisy” and “Straight Checkn ‘Em” do not merely depict violent acts but explore both their consequences and their underlying causes. MC Eiht and Compton’s Most Wanted would go on to release several excellent albums, yet few of them were possessed of the brute power and ruthless economy of their remarkable debut.

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Compton 4 Life fool

Great album this is one of the albums that brought the West Coast up during its Golden ages

Real G ish

I just picked this cd up and listened to it and was amazed because i got alot of MC Eiht albums and i never heard this 1...if u like Old School then cop this 1.....GEAH!!!

They Still Gafflin

I remember jammin this as a young buck in the 5th grade this has gotta be my favorite CMW album next to Music 2 Driveby. If you havent heard this you betta get on it. A real West Coast classic. Hey Itunes yall need to get that first CMW " Its A Comton Thang" I got it, but a know alot of your listners dont have it you cant find that nowhere, I think it came out around "88" or "89". Too bad we cant share.


Formed: 1989 in Compton, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Though N.W.A got most of the recognition, Compton's Most Wanted also did much to popularize and proliferate early-'90s West Coast gangsta rap. Led by future solo artist MC Eiht and legendary West Coast electro producer the Unknown DJ, this Compton, CA, group (also known as CMW) reveled in themes involving primarily guns, women, gangs, and drugs, setting the precedent for what would eventually become cliché. More importantly, the group possessed a knack for writing laid-back gangsta ballads characterized...
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