N.W.A Releases Single "Express Yourself"
"Express Yourself" is a song recorded by American hip hop group N.W.A. The song, off their 1988 album Straight Outta Compton, samples Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band's song of the same name.
Unlike most songs on the album and by N.W.A, the song is almost devoid of profanity and violent content. It is one of their cleanest songs made.
The song's vocals are primarily handled by Dr. Dre though an extended version features interludes from Ice Cube and MC Ren.
The song's lyrics center around ideas of free expression and the constraints placed on rappers by radio censorship. They also speak of the fact that other "rappers" are afraid to express themselves for fear of what other people might think and that they try to be like everyone else.