Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap - the debut book from award winning journalist Gerrick D. Kennedy, out december 5, 2017
Discover the stunning rise, fall, and legacy of N.W.A, one of America’s most revered and iconic enduring music groups, who put their stamp on pop culture, black culture, and who changed hip-hop music forever in this comprehensive and authoritative work of music journalism.
In 1986, a rap group was formed that would establish the foundation of gangsta rap and push the genre forward, electrifying fans with their visceral and profane lyrics that sensationalized street life and brazenly challenged the police system.
Comprised of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, the group’s multi-platinum success was aided, and at times tarnished, by its brash swagger and conflicts with legal and business establishments. During their five years together, N.W.A managed to put West Coast hip-hop on the map and mint groundbreaking superstars out of Eazy, Dre, and Cube, ushering in a new genre of rap that included Tupac, Snoop Dogg, and the Notorious B.I.G.
Going beyond the story portrayed in the 2015 blockbuster movie Straight Outta Compton, through firsthand interviews, extensive research, and top-notch storytelling, Los Angeles Times music reporter Gerrick Kennedy transports readers back in time to offer a front-row seat to the drama and controversy that followed N.W.A as they rose to become a music sensation. Kennedy leaves nothing off the table in his pursuit of the full story behind the group’s most pivotal moments, such as Ice Cube’s decision to go solo after their debut studio album became a smash hit; their battle with the FBI over inflammatory lyrics; incidents of physical assault; Dr. Dre’s departure from the group to form Death Row Records with Suge Knight; their impact on the 1992 L.A. riots; Eazy-E’s battle with AIDS; plus more.
A bold and riveting work of music journalism, Parental Discretion Is Advised unveils the true and astonishing history of one of the most transcendent and controversial musical groups of the 1980s and 1990s.