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N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton' To Be Preserved By Library Of Congress

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Time to witness the strength of street knowledge! On Wednesday, the Library of Congress announced the latest sound selections headed for their National Recording Registry, and N.W.A's 1988 album "Straight Outta Compton" is among the 25 historical sound recordings deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” for preservation by the nation's oldest federal cultural institution.

This year's batch of "aural treasures" (both spoken word and musical recordings) also includes the Eagles' 1976 greatest hits album, former Dodgers announcer Vin Scully's 1957 play-by-play of the final game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants, Don McLean's iconic song "American Pie," David Bowie's 1972 album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," among others. The full list can be found here.

N.W.A's groundbreaking album "Straight Outta Compton" influenced a generation of musicians—and the evolution of West Coast hip hop. It was also the first album to receive a parental advisory label for explicit content. It reached triple platinum sales status and served as the basis for the 2015 biographical film Straight Outta Compton.

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"It's a rather imposing call to realize that something that you have done would technically live forever in the Library of Congress," Scully, 89, told the Associated Press.

Judy Garland's 1939 recording of "Over The Rainbow" also made the list, along with Sonny Rollins' 1959 "Saxophone Colossus" and Wilson Pickett's 1965 "In the Midnight Hour."

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