N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton album will join the likes of Judy Garland’s “Over The Rainbow,” Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family, The Wiz original cast album and “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” known as the “Black National Anthem,” as a new addition to the Library of Congress.
“This year’s exciting list gives us a full range of sound experiences. These sounds of the past enrich our understanding of the nation’s cultural history and our history in general,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement.
Each year, with the assistance of the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board, the Librarian of Congress selects 25 titles that have demonstrated cultural, historic, or aesthetic significance. Additionally, the titles have to be at least 10 years old.
DJ Yella celebrated the honor on Instagram.
Released in 1988, Straight Outta Compton served as the debut album from N.W.A.
Despite being released nearly 30 years ago, Straight Outta Compton continues to garner countless accolades. In 2015, the album was certified triple platinum, selling more than three million units.
That same year, it was revealed that N.W.A would be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Other Hip Hop albums added to the Library of Congress include De La Soul’s debut studio album, 3 Feet High And Rising and Lauryn Hill’s Grammy Award-winning The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama” and Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” are also featured in the Library of Congress.