ONCE UPON a time in South Central Los Angeles, five happily angry homeboys - Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, DJ Yella and Ice Cube - dubbed themselves Niggas With Attitude (NWA) and produced one of hip-hop's best and most controversial albums, "Straight Outta Compton." Now, five years later, after alleged dirty business deals between group members and their former manager, Jerry Heller, the ship has capsized. Ice Cube has found stardom on the solo tip and on the silver screen, while Dre and Eazy have been trading lawsuits with each other and Ren is going solo now. As for Yella? Perhaps in another 25 years there'll be a postage stamp with his likeness on it.
Da Lench Mob "Guerrillas in tha Mist" (Street Knowledge/ Priority). Anyone who thought Sister Souljah - remember her? - was promoting black supremacy on her failed album should investigate this record, by Ice Cube's group, consisting of rappers T-Bone, Shorty and J-Dee, none of whose voices are particularly memorable. "Buck tha Devil," which Cube wrote, seems to pick up where his last album, "Death Certificate," left off, with plenty of negative references to "whitey" and, in the title track, gorillas "running Tarzan out the jungle." Da Lench Mob's anger with white supremacy is valid, but could be used more constructively. Instead of dissing Madonna, Elvis and Larry Byrd on the hateful "You and Your Heroes," Da Lench Mob would be wiser to give more sensible messages to brothers and sisters such as the tough, anti-black-on-black violence jam "Who Ya Gonna Shoot Wit That."
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