Today in Hip Hop History: August 14, 1990
Hardcore gangsta rap group N.W.A. released the EP 100 Miles and Runnin’ through Eazy-E’s label Ruthless Records in 1990. 100 Miles and Runnin’ was the group’s first release since Ice Cube’s solo career departure in late 1989. Due to this, the EP contains multiple disses and negative references to Cube among it.
The EP was produced entirely by in-group producers DJ Yella and Dr. Dre. It includes additional writing by frequent collaborators The D.O.C. and Cold187um, in addition to a featured verse from The D.O.C. on “Sa Prize (Part 2)”, which is a sequel to the infamous “Fuck tha Police” from Straight Outta Compton (1988). The title track “100 Miles and Runnin'” was the group’s first song to gain legitimate radio airtime and also have a music video appear on TV.
100 Miles and Runnin’ goes down in N.W.A.’s discography as essentially a five song diss on Ice Cube. Cube subsequently responded to the beef in his sophomore album Death Certificate (1991). Regardless, the EP is RIAA certified Platinum, despite less than stellar critic reviews. It peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on the R&B Albums charts. Interestingly enough, the new Straight Outta Compton N.W.A. biopic releases today; on the 25th anniversary of 100 Miles and Runnin’. I guess Cube has forgiven his group mates (RIP Eazy) in said time.