Today in Hip Hop History: November 6, 1987
Before there was Straight Outta Compton, there was N.W.A. and the Posse. Although normally overlooked in favor of the former album, N.W.A. and the Posse was a monumental record in the fact that it was N.W.A.‘s first official release as a group. Released through Macola Records as an LP in 1987, the album kick-started the career of one of the most successful and influential hip hop groups of all time.
N.W.A. and the Posse was completely produced by in-house producer Dr. Dre. The compilation of Dre’s produced songs was then marketed as an N.W.A. release. It features performances from Eazy-E, Fila Fresh Crew, Krazy Dee, Arabian Prince, Ice Cube, MC Ren and several more.
The album cover features people who did not actually appear on the record. It’s also the same cover as their single “Panic Zone.” Interestingly enough, the cover displays a period at the end of “N.W.A.”, which they later removed in favor of “N.W.A”.
N.W.A. and the Posse might not have been their most important nor successful project, but it was their first. The compilation LP became RIAA Certified Gold.