N*gg*z With Attitude, which included Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, Yella, Arabian Prince and Ice Cube, ushered off the popularity of West Coast Hip-Hop. The name itself yells controversy and much of their music revolved around racism, the police, and violence. Although themes such as racism displayed by the LAPD had a purposeful political message, the violence portrayed by their lyrics caused many disruptions for the hip-hop community. The song “Straight Outta Compton” defined the lifestyle of many gangs around Compton, California and is also what these rappers aimed to depict in this particular song. Ice Cube holds nothing back by saying, “when I’m called off I got a sawed off, Squeeze the trigger and bodies are hauled off.” The most repeated violence symbol throughout West Coast Hip-Hop is undoubtedly the AK-47. Even Tupac had it tattooed across his stomach. Ice Cube continues his defiance of the law by saying, “AK-47 is the tool, don’t make me act a mutherphukin fool.” Throughout the music video they have the LAPD chase them throughout town but they do not actually show any violence, guns, or blood. Of course this is a music video meant for the general public but the profane lyrics obviously prove that they were not trying to be subtle about it. Rather, I believe that their main goal was to be actors or more importantly, represent the voice of a community. Compton at that time was characterized by its violence due to the prevalent number of gangs that included the Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings. More recently Compton’s murder rate per capita was 5.82 times the national average. These members, to the best of our knowledge, were not murders even if they said they would, “shoot a mutherphuker in a minute.” At the same time, group members such as Eazy-E were not perfect citizens. He dropped out of high school to deal drugs before he became a full time artist. Nonetheless violence was a part of everyday life. Their depiction of street affairs was quite accurate in showing the world the violence behind these gangs and the common shootings that occurred. These rappers served as mediators to the national media and used explicit and harsh lyrics to get their point across.