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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2015 file photo, U.S music producer and rapper O'Shea Jackson, also known by his stage name Ice Cube poses in Paris. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday, March 29, 2017, that N.W.A’s album, “Straight Outta Compton,” would be preserved for posterity. The library selects 25 recordings every year for the registry in recognition of their historical, artistic or cultural significance.  (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

NWA's 'Straight Outta Compton' will be preserved forever in the Library of Congress


N.W.A.'s iconic album "Straight Outta Compton" will be added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, ensuring it is preserved as a hallmark of American audio.

The library added 25 new recordings Wednesday. Recordings are chosen based on historical, artistic and cultural significance.

"Straight Outta Compton," released in 1988, was a hugely influential rap album. It went platinum without any radio play, and the immensely popular "F*ck the Police" earned a warning letter from the FBI.

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Ice Cube (born O'Shea Jackson) performs at Bunbury Music Festival at Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman's Cove on Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Cincinnati. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

It was also one of the first albums to get the now-familiar "Parental Advisory" labels for explicit content. It's still regarded as one of the best albums in the genre.

These other notable names were added to the list: 

  • Broadcaster Vin Scully's play-by-play of the Brooklyn Dodgers playing the New York Giants in 1957
  • Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz"
  • Don MacLean's "American Pie"
  • The Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits"
  • Sister Sledge's "We Are Family"
  • David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars"
  • The original cast recording of  "The Wiz"
Major League Baseball - New York Giants at Brooklyn Dodgers (August 31, 1957)

LISTEN | Here's the play-by-play of the game. Scully called the game "particularly meaningful," since both teams would leave for California after the 1957 season.

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