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Library Of Congress Adds N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton' Album To Its Registry

One of hip-hop's most provocative yet pivotal supergroups, N.W.A, found a new home in the nation's capital.

One of music's most provocative yet pivotal supergroups, N.W.A, found a new home in the nation's capital. According to TIME, the Cali natives' debut album, Straight Outta Compton, will be preserved in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

The soundscape passed the establishment's test of its cultural and historical depiction, especially in relation to the fabric of America and society's handling of racial injustice, police brutality and the criminal justice system. The news site adds that in present time, 475 various recordings have been canonized within the index.

On August 8, 1988, N.W.A rocked not only the music industry, but the U.S. with their no-holds-barred lyrics. The soundscape, which was heavily written by Ice Cube and MC Ren, featured hit songs like "F**k tha Police," "Express Yourself," and the title track. The group's rise to prominence was also depicted on the silver screen in 2015, directed by F. Gary Gray, and they were later inducted into the 2016 class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ice Cube took it back to the early days of N.W.A, specifically the freedom they received by being honest within their lyrics. "It was always about free speech, being able to express yourself, whether people like it or not. That's the great thing about being in this country, is to be able to speak your mind and not be censored," he said.

Other classic melodies that made the cut include "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge, "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland and The Wiz musical. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, shared the elation behind this year's 25 inductees, Los Angeles Times reports. "This year's exciting list gives us a full range of sound experiences," Hayden said. "These sounds of the past enrich our understanding of the nation's cultural history and our history in general."

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"I ended up being able to see the moments that things shifted," she said. "When you're living it, you're not really reflecting on it." A.L.I.C.I.A. will be the New Yorker's seventh studio album, slated for release next year. Her previous soundscape, Here, was released in 2016, landing at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 during its debut week.

In January, Keys will host the Grammys for the second time in a row, a moment she's eager for viewers to witness. Since the November announcement of 2020's nominees, artists who believed they were snubbed expressed their confusion while others stated they don't need a gramophone to validate their talent. For Keys, the long-running showcase still holds weight within the industry for a simple reason.

"You are awarded by your peers—people who have been through the same experience that you have. So to receive one is the ultimate validation from people that you admire," she said. "That’s the point, and the reason why it has to maintain that level of integrity. And it has to expand now because music is not what it was 10 years ago. It’s about making sure that it’s representing the music that’s happening at the rate that it’s happening, as well. If we’re not all growing and evolving, then pack it up, because what’s the point?"

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Read Keys' full profile here.

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Jay-Z's Discography Makes Its Way To Spotify

It's been 23 years since Jay-Z released his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt, and with over two decades and running in the music business, the mogul has made strategic moves that keep his name at the top of GOAT lists. While his highly-decorated discography can be found on his streaming service TIDAL, or your go-to listening device if you've downloaded his music, his albums are no longer exclusive to his property.

On Dec. 4, which is also the Roc Nation leader's 50th birthday, Spotify tweeted that Jay-Z's albums are available for consumers' streaming pleasure. The message wished the father-of-three a happy birthday and welcomed him back to the streaming giant.

Happy birthday, Hov 🎁 Welcome back to Spotify.https://t.co/exr5QGgwCK pic.twitter.com/t7l4H5zn6E

— Spotify (@Spotify) December 4, 2019

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Jill Scott To Tour 'Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1' For 20th Anniversary

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