14 Sep 2015

Straight Outta......Cardiff?

With everyone being on an N.W.A flex at the moment, it only seemed right for me to chip in with a blog post of my own. I've listened to hip hop for as long as I can remember and I've always been more drawn to West Coast music as opposed to East Coast. Through my teenage years artists such as The Game and Xzibit really opened the door for my ears to explore hip hop as a whole and has since pushed me onto the new generation of West Coast rappers such as Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But as I delved further into the history of the genre it always took me back to the same starting point: N.W.A. Made up of Dr Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E, MC Ren and DJ Yella, N.W.A were the first gangster rap group to really push boundaries and talk about what is was really like growing up in Compton, California.

Fast forward to nearly 30 years later, their legacy still lives on with the recent release of the Straight Outta Compton movie. I highly recommend anyone to go and see the film, even if you're not into hip hop music as it gives an insight into the life of pioneers of the rap game.

My cousin and I had a few hours spare so decided to mess around near an abandoned chemical factory and take a couple of photos (which came out really well if I do say so.) The t shirt I have on, with Eazy E on the front, was actually designed and released by my cousin himself in 2009, for a band that he once fronted. For it to last six years is incredibly lucky as it is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe! Teamed with a black Carhartt denim jacket, black LA fitted cap and a pair of hi top Chuck Taylor's, it's clear to see N.W.A have influenced this skinny white boy in more ways than one!

Photo credits: Marcus Cazenave