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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
The current whereabouts of LA rappers who made some noise in the late 80′s and early 90′s most likely isn’t something that you spend a lot of time thinking about during your daily operations, right? If it is, chances are you’re a blogger. The thing is, during a series of seemingly unrelated coincidences the other week, I discovered that pretty much every 90′s rapper from the West Coast has released new music in the last year or so. I’d assumed that most of these guys had given-up on the music game by the turn-of-the-century and opened up barbershops or gotten their real estate license, but it turns out that I couldn’t be more wrong. Let’s take a quick look at some of these old warhorses still churning out CD’s not named Snoop, Ice-T or Ice Cube…
The often-forgotten secret weapon in NWA‘s arsenal, the Villain In Black managed to release some quality solo work after the group crumbled, pretty much up the the point where he joined the Nation. His latest CD was released in 2009.
South Central Cartel
Despite churning out cookie-cutter Gangsta Rap for almost fifteen years, these guys aren’t quitting anytime soon. Not sure if any of the original members are still left, but damned if their first two CD’s didn’t have some bangin’ pre-G Funk beats on them.
Somehow this douche bagged T-Boz from TLC and put a ring on it, before he went and put a ring around her whole eye. Common got it right when he named this guy Wack 10, since unlike most of these other guys, he was never dope on any level at all. Nevertheless, he released his ninth album Soft White last year, selling 3,900 copies.
The first three Compton’s Most Wanted albums are LA classics and Eiht has a big fan base in New York as demonstrated by his inclusion of Pete Rock‘s Soul Survivor and Blaq Poet’s recent ‘Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed’ remix.
Tim Dog‘s lil’ buddy is still going strong apparently, having worked with Snoop Dogg and AMG recently, as well as his new project with Kurrupt from the DPG’z, which was well-received on these here intehnets. Apparently he did a five-month bid in 2006 after he allegedly “pistol-whipped” his sister for extorting money from him…
His self-titled major label debut was awesome, but I didn’t mess with anything after that. Turns out that dude has pretty much dropped an album every year since, including projects with Jayo Felony and Eiht. He was shot in 2007 while sitting in his Caddy out the front of his parents house, but survived and has a new solo planned this year.
Low Profile and the first MADD Circle album are essential chapters in LA rap. The Westside Connection stuff? Not so much. Dub C’s last solo record was Guilty By Association with Ice Cube.
Best known for his ‘Peace Treaty’ single following the LA riots/uprising, Kam is another disgruntled Lench Mob Records artist wholater recorded a diss record about his cousin Ice Cube. He followed-up 2001′s Kamnesia with Self & Kind last year.
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