N.W.A Was Real Niggaz Wit Attitudes (1986-1991)

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N.W.A (an abbreviation of Niggaz Wit Attitudes) was an American hip hop group from Compton, California. It was one of the earliest and most significant popularizers of the gangsta rap and West Coast hip hop subgenres, and is widely considered one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music. Active from 1986 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy owing to their music’s explicit lyrics that many viewed as being disrespectful of women, as well as its glorification of drugs, and crime.The group was subsequently banned from many mainstream American radio stations. In spite of this, the group has sold over 10 million units in the United States alone. The group was also known for their deep hatred of the police system, which sparked much controversy over the years.

The original lineup consisted of Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. DJ Yella and MC Ren joined later, with Arabian Prince eventually leaving. Ice Cube left the group in December 1989 over royalty disputes. Several members would later become platinum-selling solo artists in the 1990s. Their debut album Straight Outta Compton marked the beginning of the new gangsta rap era as the production and social commentary in their lyrics were revolutionary within the genre. Rolling Stone ranked N.W.A number 83 on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” In October 2012, N.W.A were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time. In October 2013 the group was nominated for a second time.

History

Formation and “Panic Zone” (1986–1988)

The group was assembled by Compton-based Eazy-E, who co-founded Ruthless Records with Jerry Heller. Eazy-E sought an introduction to Dr. Dre from Steve Yano, a Los Angeles entrepreneur who sold rap albums out of the Roadium Swap Meet in Gardena, CA and served as a clearing house for new music of that generation. Although initially rebuffed, Steve was impressed by Eazy-E’s persistence and arranged a meeting with Dr. Dre. Initially, N.W.A consisted of Eazy-E and Dr. Dre, who in turn brought DJ Yella on board. Dre and Yella were both formerly members of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, as DJs and producers. Together with fellow producer Arabian Prince, Ice Cube was added to the roster after he had started out as a rapper for the group “C.I.A. Ruthless released the single “Panic Zone” in 1987 with Macola Records, which was later included on the compilation album N.W.A. and the Posse. N.W.A was still in its developing stages, and is only credited on three of the eleven tracks, notably the uncharacteristic record “Panic Zone,” “8-Ball,” “Dopeman,” which marked the first collaboration of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Mexican rapper Krazy-Dee co-wrote “Panic Zone,” which was originally called “Hispanic Zone,” but the title was later changed when Dr. Dre advised Krazy-Dee that the word “hispanic” would hinder sales. Also included was Eazy-E’s solo track “Boyz-n-the-Hood.”  In 1988, rapper MC Ren joined the group.

Straight Outta Compton, Eazy-Duz-It (1988–1989)

N.W.A released their debut studio album, Straight Outta Compton, in 1988. With its famous opening salvo of three tracks, the group reflected the rising anger of the urban youth. The opening song “Straight Outta Compton” introduced the group, “Fuck tha Police” protested police brutality and racial profiling, and “Gangsta Gangsta” painted the worldview of the inner-city youth. While the group was later credited with pioneering the burgeoning subgenre of gangsta rap, N.W.A referred to their music as “reality rap. Dr. Dre and DJ Yella, as HighPowered Productions, composed the beats for each song, with Dre making occasional rapping appearances. Ice Cube and MC Ren wrote most of the group’s lyrics, including “Fuck tha Police,” perhaps the group’s most notorious song, which brought them into conflict with various law enforcement agencies. Under pressure from Focus on the Family, Milt Ahlerich, an assistant director of the FBI, sent a letter to Ruthless and its distributing company Priority Records, advising the rappers that “advocating violence and assault is wrong and we in the law enforcement community take exception to such action.” This letter can still be seen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Policemen refused to provide security for the group’s concerts, hurting their plans to tour. Nonetheless, the FBI’s letter only served to draw more publicity to the group.

Straight Outta Compton was also one of the first albums to adhere to the new Parental Advisory label scheme, then still in its early stages: the label at the time consisted of “WARNING: Moderate impact coarse language and/or themes” only. However, the taboo nature of N.W.A’s music was the most important factor of its mass appeal. Media coverage compensated for N.W.A’s lack of airplay and their album eventually went double platinum. One month after Straight Outta Compton, Eazy-E’s solo debut Eazy-Duz-It was released. The album was dominated by Eazy’s persona—MC Ren was the only guest rapper—but behind the scenes it was a group effort. Music was handled by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella; the lyrics were largely written by MC Ren, with contributions from Ice Cube and The D.O.C. The album was another double platinum success for Ruthless  (in addition to girl group J.J. Fad in 1988 and singer Michel’le in 1989). 1989 saw the re-issue of N.W.A and the Posse and Straight Outta Compton on CD, and the release of The D.O.C.’s No One Can Do It Better. His album was essentially a collaboration with Dr. Dre and notably free of “gangsta rap” content, however including the N.W.A posse cut “The Grand Finalé.” It would become another #1 album for the record label.

“100 Miles And Runnin'” and Niggaz4Life (1989–1991)

Due to a financial conflict, Ice Cube left the group in December 1989 over royalty disputes; having written almost half of the lyrics on Straight Outta Compton himself, he felt he was not getting a fair share of the profits. He wasted little time putting together his solo debut, 1990’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, but he avoided mentioning his former label mates. N.W.A’s title track from their 1990 EP “100 Miles and Runnin'”, however, included a diss of Ice Cube: “We started with five, but yo / One couldn’t take it—So now it’s four / Cuz the fifth couldn’t make it.” The video for the song depicted the remaining members of N.W.A together in a jail cell, while an Ice Cube look-alike is released. Also heard on the EP (which found its way on the Efil4zaggin CD re-issue) was “Real Niggaz,” a full-blown diss on Ice Cube where the remaining members accuse him of cowardice, and question his authenticity, longevity and originality: “How the fuck you think a rapper lasts / With your ass sayin’ shit that was said in the past / Yo, be original, your shit is sloppy / Get off the dick, you motherfuckin’ carbon-copy”, and “We started out with too much cargo / So I’m glad we got rid of Benedict Arnold, yo.” The song “100 Miles and Runnin'” was Dr. Dre’s final uptempo recording, which had been a common feature of late 1980s hip hop. After this, he focused on a midtempo, synthesizer based sound which would become known as G-funk, starting with “Alwayz Into Somethin'” from Efil4zaggin in 1991. The G-funk style dominated both the West and East Coast hip hop music scene for several years to come. N.W.A is referenced on Ice Cube’s 1990 EP, Kill at Will, where he name-checks his former group (likely in a mocking manner) on the song “Jackin’ For Beats.” On “I Gotta Say What Up!!!”, Ice Cube gives shout-outs to his rap peers at the time, among them Public Enemy, Geto Boys, and Sir Jinx. At the end of the track, in what appears to be an on-the-phone interview, Ice Cube is asked, “Since you went solo, whatever happened to the rest of your crew?” and the phone is abruptly hung up on the interviewer.

The group’s second full-length release, 1991’s Efil4zaggin (“Niggaz4Life” spelled backwards), re-established the band in the face of Ice Cube’s continued solo success. The album is considered by many Dr. Dre’s finest production work, and it heralded the beginning of the G-Funk era. It also showed a clear animosity towards their former member, and derogatory references to Ice Cube are found in several songs. The interlude “A Message to B.A.” echoes the beginning of his song “Turn Off the Radio” from AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted: Ice Cube is first addressed by the name Benedict Arnold (after the infamous traitor of the American Revolution) but then named outright in a torrent of abuse from both the group and its fans: “When we see yo’ ass, we gon’ cut yo’ hair off and fuck you with a broomstick” spoken by MC Ren. The N.W.A–Ice Cube feud eventually escalated, both on record and in real life. AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted had avoided direct attacks on N.W.A, but on Death Certificate, Ice Cube’s second full-length release, he retaliated. He sampled and mocked the “Message to B.A.” skit before embarking on a full-blown tirade, the infamous “No Vaseline.” In a series of verses, Ice Cube verbally assaulted the group: “You lookin’ like straight bozos / I saw it comin’ that’s why I went solo / Kept on stompin’ / When y’all Muthafuckas moved Straight outta Compton / You got jealous when I got my own company / But I’m a man, and ain’t nobody humpin’ me.” He also responded to members MC Ren, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E individually to “100 Miles and Runnin'”, claiming “I started off with too much cargo, dropped four niggaz / And now I’m makin’ all the dough,” using homophobic metaphors to describe their unequal business relationship with Jerry Heller, who became the target of harsh insults: “Get rid of that devil real simple / Put a bullet to his temple / Cuz you can’t be the ‘Niggaz 4 Life’ crew / With a white Jew tellin’ you what to do.” The song attracted controversy for its antisemitism (the beginning of such accusations against Ice Cube during his affiliation with the Nation of Islam), based on the bashing of Heller’s religion; The track was omitted from the UK release, and later pressings included a censored version of the song. In September 1990, members of hip hop act Above the Law clashed with Ice Cube and his posse Da Lench Mob during the annual New Music Seminar conference, forcing the latter to flee the premises of Times Square’s Marriott Marquis, the venue of the event. On January 27, 1991, Dr. Dre assaulted Dee Barnes, host of the hip hop show Pump It Up, after its coverage of the N.W.A/Ice Cube beef. According to Rolling Stone reporter Alan Light:

He picked her up and “began slamming her face and the right side of her body repeatedly against a wall near the stairway” as his bodyguard held off the crowd. After Dre tried to throw her down the stairs and failed, he began kicking her in the ribs and hands. She escaped and ran into the women’s rest room. Dre followed her and “grabbed her from behind by the hair and proceeded to punch her in the back of the head.”

In response, Dre commented: “People talk all this shit, but you know, if somebody fucks with me, I’m gonna fuck with them. I just did it, you know. Ain’t nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain’t no big thing—I just threw her through a door.”

The end of N.W.A (1991–1995)

1991’s Niggaz4Life would be the group’s final album. After Dr. Dre, The D.O.C. and Michel’le departed from Ruthless to join Death Row Records and allegations over Eazy-E being coerced into signing away their contracts (while however retaining a portion of their publishing rights), a bitter rivalry ensued.  Dr. Dre began the exchange with Death Row’s first release, 1992’s Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’), and its accompanying video featured a character named “Sleazy-E” who ran around desperately trying to get money. The insults continued on The Chronic with “Bitches Ain’t Shit.” Eazy-E responded in 1993 with the EP It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa on the tracks “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s” and “It’s On.” Eazy-E accused Dr. Dre of being a homosexual, calling him a “she thang,” and criticizing Dre’s new image by calling him and Snoop “studio gangsters.” The music video for “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s” showed a still of Dre wearing make-up and a sequined jumpsuit. The photos dated back to Dr. Dre’s World Class Wreckin’ Cru days, when such fashion was common among West Coast electro hop artists, prior to N.W.A’s popularization of gangsta rap. Eazy-E kept dissing Dre and Death Row on most of his songs until his AIDS-related death on March 26, 1995. All bad blood finally ceased within the rest of the group. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube would later express their re-evaluated feelings to their old friend on 1999’s “What’s The Difference” and “Chin Check,” 2000’s “Hello,” 2006’s “Growin’ Up”, and in the 2011 music video “I Need a Doctor.”

Reunions and legacy (1995–present)

Having both parted with Ruthless Records on bad terms, tensions between Ice Cube and Dr. Dre eventually eased on their own. Ice Cube made a cameo appearance in Dr. Dre’s “Let Me Ride” video in 1993. The two recorded the hit song “Natural Born Killaz” for Snoop Doggy Dogg’s 1994 short film and soundtrack Murder Was the Case and they also planned an album which was to be titled Heltah Skeltah. Later Ice Cube appeared on MC Ren’s album Ruthless for Life on the track “Comin’ After You.” MC Ren appeared on Dre’s 1999 album 2001, and the three remaining N.W.A emcees would reunite for “Hello” on Ice Cube’s 2000 album War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc). The West Coast and “gangsta” music scene had however fallen out of the spotlight since the death of Tupac Shakur in 1996, and it was only after Dr. Dre’s successful patronage of Eminem and Dre’s ensuing comeback album 2001 that the genre and its artists would regain the national spotlight. 2000’s all-star Up In Smoke Tour would reunite much of the N.W.A and Death Row families, and during time spent on the road, Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, guest star Snoop Dogg and Eminem began recording in a mobile studio. A comeback album entitled Not These Niggaz Again was planned (and would include DJ Yella, who had not been present on the tour).

However, due to busy and conflicting schedules as well as the obstacles of coordinating three different record labels (Priority, No Limit and Interscope), obtaining the rights to the name N.W.A and endorsing the whole project to gain exclusive rights, the album never materialized. Only two tracks from these sessions would be released: “Chin Check” (with Snoop Dogg as a member of N.W.A) from 2000’s Next Friday soundtrack and “Hello” from Ice Cube’s 2000 album War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc). Both songs would appear on N.W.A’s remastered and re-released Greatest Hits. There would also be partial reunions on “Set It Off,” from Snoop Dogg’s Tha Last Meal (2000), which featured MC Ren and Ice Cube as well as former Death Row “inmates,” and The D.O.C.’s “The Shit,” from his 2003 album Deuce, which featured MC Ren, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Six-Two. Dr. Dre and DJ Yella were present in the studio for the latter song. In addition to the Greatest Hits initially released by Priority in 1996, Capitol and Ruthless Records jointly released The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1: 1988–1998 in 1998, a compilation that contained songs by other rap artists and only three songs from the actual group but various solo tracks from the five members. The success of the album prompted a second volume, The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 2, two years later. It emulated the format of its predecessor, containing only three genuine N.W.A tracks and many solo efforts by the crew members. In 2007, a new greatest hits package was released, entitled The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge.

In 2014 Ice Cube appeared on MC Ren’s remix for “Rebel Music”. This was the first time the duo had worked together since the N.W.A reunion in 2000.

Biopic

Main article: Straight Outta Compton (2015 film)

New Line Cinema representatives announced to Entertainment Weekly’s “Hollywood Insider Blog” that N.W.A’s story was in development to become a feature film for theatrical release in 2012. However, it was delayed to sometime in 2014. The script was researched and written by filmmaker S. Leigh Savidge and radio veteran Alan Wenkus, who worked closely with Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre act as producers of the film. In September 2011, John Singleton was selected as director. Ice Cube and Singleton previously collaborated on Boyz n the Hood, a movie that was nominated for an Academy Award, and Ice Cube also played the part of the character “Fudge” in Singleton’s Higher Learning. Casting calls began in the summer of 2010. There were rumors of Lil Eazy E playing his late father Eazy-E, and Ice Cube’s son and fellow rapper O’Shea Jackson, Jr. playing his father as well. Ice Cube stated of the movie, “We’re taking it to the nooks and crannies, I think deeper than any other article or documentary on the group,” he said. “These are the intimate conversations that helped forge N.W.A. To me, I think it’s interesting to anybody who loves that era and I don’t know any other movie where you can mix Gangster Rap, the F.B.I., L.A. riots, HIV, and fucking feuding with each other. This movie has everything from Darryl Gates and the battering ram.”

In August 2012, F. Gary Gray was selected as director rather than Singleton. The film, named Straight Outta Compton, had been picked up by Universal Pictures who hired Jonathan Herman in December 2013 to draft a new script and brought in Will Packer to executive produce. On February 21, 2014, director F. Gary Gray announced a March 9, 2014 open casting call for the film via his Twitter account. There were also open casting calls in Atlanta and Chicago. Rapper YG auditioned to play MC Ren in the film. The project was scheduled to start filming in April 2014 but was pushed backed due to casting delays.

On June 18, 2014, Universal officially announced that the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” would be released August 14, 2015. It was also confirmed that Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., would play a younger version of his father in the movie. O’Shea, Jr. joined Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins who will portray group members Eazy-E and Dr. Dre, respectively, in the film. To round out the cast of N.W.A, Aldis Hodge plays MC Ren. Originally, YG 400 auditioned for the role, but was turned down and Neil Brown, Jr. portrays DJ Yella. In early July 2014, casting directors for the N.W.A biopic issued a casting call for extras and vintage cars in the Los Angeles area for scenes in the movie. According to the casting call release, the film began filming in August 2014 and was released a year later on August 14, 2015.

Influence

Although the group disbanded in 1991, they left a lasting legacy on hip hop music in the following decades. Their influence (from their funky, bass-driven beats to their exaggerated lyrics) was evident throughout the 1990s and even into the present, and is often credited as bridging the White/Black American musical lines with their massive appeal to White America in the late 1980s. In Dr. Dre’s 1999 single Forgot About Dre the line “Who you think brought you the O.G.s, Eazy-Es, Ice Cube, and The D.O.C.s, the Snoop Dogg, and the group that said ‘Motherfuck the police’?” outlines N.W.A’s importance in hip hop. In the same song, one of Eminem’s verse says “So what do you say to somebody you hate or anyone tryna bring trouble your way, Wanna resolve things in a bloodier way, Then just study a tape of N.W.A” refers to the negative reception of N.W.A’s works by the mainstream radio, considering their songs to be violent. A scene in 2005 single Hate It or Love It by The Game featuring 50 Cent shows Tequan Richmond (portraying The Game) and Zachary Williams (playing 50 Cent in their youth) being caught spraypainting “N.W.A” on a wall, resulting in their subsequent arrest by two policemen. Also, the rapper The Game has a tattoo that says N.W.A on the right side of his chest.

Discography

Main article: N.W.A discography
  • Straight Outta Compton (1988)
  • Niggaz4Life (1991)

Members

  • Arabian Prince (1986–1988)
  • DJ Yella (1986–1991)
  • Dr. Dre (1986–1991)
  • Eazy-E (1986–1991; died 1995)
  • Ice Cube (1986–1989)
  • MC Ren (1988–1991)

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May He Lean In Peace Kenneth Doniell “Big Moe” Moore(Da Barre Baby)

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Kenneth Doniell Moore (August 20, 1974 – October 14, 2007), better known by his stage name Big Moe, was an American rapper from Houston, Texas. He was known for a softer and slower style than other Houston rappers, including a mixture of rapping and singing that he called “rapsinging”  as well as for his music that celebrated codeine-laced syrup as a recreational drug.

Early life

Kenneth Doniell Moore was born in Houston, Texas on August 20, 1974, and he grew up in southeast Houston. He graduated from Yates High School in 1992 and he was a former high school football star.

Career

As one of the founding members of the “Original Screwed Up Click,” Big Moe started out in music by freestyling on DJ Screw mixtapes before being signed to Wreckshop Records. Wreckshop Records released Big Moe’s debut album, City of Syrup in (2000); the title a nod to Houston’s reputation for drinking codeine-laced syrup, which Moe pours from a Styrofoam cup on the album’s cover. “City of Syrup” album featured the single, “Mann!”, which Moe intended to be The South Side’s answer to Black Rob’s East Coast hit “Whoa!”. A year and half later, Moe returned with his second album, Purple World in (2002). This release showcased a Who’s Who of Houston vocalists and two versions of Moe’s breakthrough single, “Purple Stuff.” The Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-themed video for “Purple Stuff” was played on MTV and the album ranked as high as No. 3 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Big Moe’s third and last album, Moe Life, was issued in 2003, including the commercially successful single “Just a Dog.” A posthumous album entitled Unfinished Business was released on March 18, 2008 via Wreckshop Records and Koch Records. In 2009 his album City Of Syrup was named number 25 on houstonpress.com’s list of the 25 Best Houston Hip Hop Albums.

Death

Moe died on October 14, 2007 at 33 years old, after suffering a heart attack one week earlier that left him in a coma.

Discography

Year Title Chart positions
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Indep
2000 City of Syrup 176 52 8
2002 Purple World 29 3
2003 Moe Life 33 29
2004 Classics: Vol. 1
2007 The Best of Big Moe
Forever Moe
2008 Unfinished Business

Mixtapes

  • 2009: Still Sippin’ wit Moe

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The Return Of Torrence “Lil Boosie Badazz” Hatch (Round II)

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Torrence Hatch (born November 14, 1982), better known by his stage name Boosie Badazz and formerly Lil Boosie, is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hatch was bestowed the nickname Boosie by his family, and he was raised in southside Baton Rouge. As Boosie, he has released five regular studio albums while contributing to a number of mixtapes and compilations.

Hatch served time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary from 2009-2014, having been sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to drug charges. He was released early on March 5, 2014. On October 20, 2014 Lil Boosie changed his name to Boosie Badazz.

Music career

Early Career

Lil Boosie cousin Young Bleed introduced Boosie to Baton Rouge rapper C-Loc in the late 1990s. He was mentored by Young Bleed & C-Loc, and joined the group Concentration Camp, as the youngest member at the age 14 in 1996. The group consists of Young Bleed, C-Loc, Happy Perez, Boo, Max Minelli, J-Von, Lee Tyme & Lucky Knuckles. He eventually debuted on C-Loc’s fifth album, ‘It’s A Gamble’ in 2000 under his old alias Boosie and Concentration Camp third studio album Camp III : Thug Brothas in 2000. The departure of Young Bleed from the Camp helped put Lil Boosie in a prime position amongst the group. Alongside C-Loc and Max Minelli, he served as one of the “faces” of the Camp. At 17 years of age, he recorded his debut album, the aptly-titled Youngest of da Camp, (Camp Life Entertainment, 2000). The album production was mostly handled by Happy Perez, and featured C-Loc, Max Minelli and Donkey.

In 2001 he joined Trill Entertainment backed by its CEO the late Pimp C of UGK. Soon after, Trill independently released the album For My Thugz under his new alias Lil Boosie in 2002. The album featured Pimp C, Young Bleed, Webbie while he also put out his first mixtape title Boosie 2002 (Advance) featuring contributions by Max Minelli and Pimp C.

2003-2005: Ghetto Stories, Gangsta Muzik & Warner Bros.

Later in the summer of 2003, Boosie collaborated with Webbie on the album Ghetto Stories, presented by Pimp C. In 2004, the duo worked together again on Trill Azz Mixtape Vol. 1, which also featured an appearance of Torrence “Bad Azz”. In the same year, he released Trill Azz Mixes II which introduced Phat, later known as Lil Phat. He paired up again with Webbie, to release their second compilation album, Gangsta Musik. He caught the eye of some Universal Music Group representatives. In 2004 Lil Boosie & South Coast Coalition released Both Sides of the Track. Boosie also released a compilation mixtape title Bad Ass with a few new tracks like Trill Shit. It also featured the track I Smoke, I Drank by Body Head Bangerz featuring Boosie and Young Bleed off their debut album Body Head Bangerz: Volume One. January 1, 2005 Boosie teamed up with Lava House Records to release United We Stand, Divided We Fall. He also released Street Code with Pat Lowrenzo. In 2005, Lil Boosie released Bad Ass (Advance) to promote Bad Azz. In late January 2005, Boosie signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

2006–2008: Bad Azz and Survival of the Fittest

In early 2006, Trill released Bad Ass Mixtape Vol.1 as a follow-up to (Bad Ass Advance). In 2006, Boosie’s major label debut album Bad Azz was released. It contained the single “Zoom” featuring Yung Joc. A Bad Azz DVD followed where the rapper explained the death of his father due to drugs and his fight against diabetes. In early December 2006, the mixtape “Streetz Iz Mine” was released by Lil Boosie and DJ Drama (Gangsta Grillz), featuring a guest appearance by Webbie. In 2007, Lil Boosie released Bad Azz Mixtapes Vol.2 while together with Webbie he featured on the remix of “Wipe Me Down” by rapper Foxx. It was put on the Trill Entertainment compilation album Survival of the Fittest, which was released in 2007. In 2008 Boosie released Da Beginning Mixtape. At Lil Boosie’s 4th of July Bash party, he passed out his new mixtape, 4th Of July Bash. In December 2008, Lil Boosie released Lil Boosie Presents: Da Click, which features Da Click (Hatch Boy, Locco, Quick and Bleek). In 2008, he was featured on the single “Independent” by Webbie and was among several rappers to be featured on “Out Here Grindin” by DJ Khaled.

2009: Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz & Bad Azz Entertainment

In March 2009 Boosie released The Return Of Mr. Wipe Me Down as a promotion mixtape to his second major album. The Runners and V-12 produced some of the mixtape. Lil Boosie again passed out an untitled mixtape at his July of 4th Bash. Songs from the tape eventually ended up on Da Click: ”Street Kingz which was released July 14. In 2009, Lil Boosie released his second major album Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz. The first single from the album, “Better Believe It”, featured Webbie and Young Jeezy. Promotional music videos for songs from the album, such as “I’m a Dog” & “Loose as a Goose,” were released. Also in 2009, Lil Boosie presented his debut label Bad Azz Entertainment. Lil Boosie released Thug Passion on his Bad Azz Entertainment label in 2009. In the summer (July) of 2009, Lil Boosie and Hurricane Chris released a mixtape titled Category 7: Bad Azz Hurricane. Lil Boosie also released a mixtape titled Untouchables with LoLa Monroe. Lil Boosie also released a mixtape titled The 25th Hour. On an interlude on the mixtape, he speaks on his prison term.

2010-2012: Incarcerated

In 2010 Lil Boosie & C-Loc his former CEO release Unbreakable as a Compilation CD. As of 2010, Lil Boosie has announced while he is still in prison on charges of murder and conspiracy, and potentially facing the death penalty, he wants to move forward with his hip hop career. Boosie released his fourth studio album, Incarcerated, on September 28 on Asylum Records. According to MTV News, the project is almost entirely produced by B.J., although Mouse on Tha Track did some work on it as well. Webbie, Foxx and Lil Trill are among the featured guests.  Lil Boosie released Gone Til’ December in 2010, which is a mixtape album consisting of new music. The 25th Hour tape was originally released in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana – but other versions have spread around the internet. The version that he dropped featured songs like “Be Careful” featuring Money Bag$, “I Did You Wrong” feat. Lil Quick, “I Been Icy,” “My Children,” and “I Ain’t Mad At Cha.” Other notable guest appearances include: Lil Jas, Hatch Boy, Yung Giga of Bad Azz Entertainment, as well as Lil Trill. There are some other mixtapes floating around the internet with similar titles, so Bad Azz Entertainment released it as Should’ve Been My Beatz on Amazon, Rhapsody and others. Lil Boosie released 22504 with B.G.. In 2011 Quick release Hit After Hit 3 with Lil Boosie. In 2012 My Brother’s Keeeper was released with Money Bagz & Quick. Also Under Investigation was released as a free download on Livemixtapes with Ray Vicks.

2013-present: Name change to “Boosie Badazz”, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell & Mixtape Life After Deathrow

In January 2013 Lil Boosie spoke on his prison sentence and said,

“I have about 500 songs at the moment. I feel that I’m making the best music I’ve ever made. The more I go through in life the better my music gets and it’s been crazy the last three years. I keep my music heartfelt and stick to making real music. I wouldn’t even say it’s Hip Hop music. My music is ‘reality rap.’ Hip Hop music can make you dance and bob your head, but it can’t make you cry or touch your heart like reality rap”

On September 13, 2013 it was reported that judges related to his case agreed to return his hard drives and his computers. The equipment contained a lot of music he had recorded before going to jail, which could result in new music from him prior to his release. Jeff Weiss, who covered Boosie’s trial for Rolling Stone, also reported that Boosie’s attorneys believe that he will be released within the next five months. On March 10, 2014, Lil Boosie made his first comments to the public following his release from prison. During the press conference he revealed his new record deal with Atlantic Records. His first single released would be “Show Da World” with Webbie. In April 2014, he announced that his sixth studio album Touchdown 2 Cause Hell would be released on July 15, 2014, but was later pushed back to September 23, 2014.  Lil Boosie was feature on “Wuda Cuda Shuda” by 2 Chainz, “Beat Up the Block” by Dorrough Music, “Face Down” by DJ Mustard, “Beez Like” by Young Jeezy, “Jet Fuel” by T.I., “Made Me” (Remix) by Snootie Wild. On October 21, 2014 it was officially announced from one of his Lil Boosie’s representatives that he had officially changed his artist name to Boosie Badazz.

On October, 30, 2014, Lil Boosie released his first mixtape since his release from prison titled “Life After Deathrow”, featuring Yo Gotti, Trey Songz, LIV, and Shy Glizzy.

Bad Azz Entertainment

Bad Azz Entertainment is a record label founded by Lil Boosie. In 2008, Lil Boosie formed his own group, Da Click, then his imprint Bad Azz Entertainment in 2009. Bad Azz Entertainment also has a subsidiary that was started by Donkey named, Track Life Entertainment. Bad Azz Entertainment also has another subsidiary record label called Bad Azz Music Syndicate that was created by Lil Boosie manager TQ.

Legal troubles

On October 22, 2008, Lil Boosie was arrested after East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies found marijuana and a gun in Boosie’s car. Boosie pled guilty to his third-offense possession of marijuana charge on September 22, 2009 and was sentenced to two years in prison the next day. Judge James Moore doubled the sentence on November 10 after finding Boosie had violated probation while awaiting sentencing. Between his plea and sentencing, Boosie was electronically monitored and placed under house arrest.

On June 17, 2010 Lil Boosie was indicted on federal charges on first-degree murder of Terry Boyd. He also faces charges for three counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics (Schedule II-Codeine, Schedule I-Ecstasy and Schedule I-Marijuana), three counts of “conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute narcotics”, and two counts of “conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution”. He has stated that he is innocent of these charges. District Attorney Hillar Moore stated that the killing seemed to be “over turf”. If convicted, Lil Boosie may face the death penalty. Prosecutors have stated that they believe the rapper may have been involved in at least five other murders.  On June 28, Lil Boosie entered a not-guilty plea in a Louisiana court room. While Boosie’s defense addressed the fact that the rapper has several ongoing cases, they emphasized that he is not a murderer.

On November 29, 2011, Lil Boosie was sentenced to eight years in state prison after pleading guilty to the drug charges.

On May 11, 2012, a jury found Lil Boosie not guilty of the first degree murder. Directly after, in an interview, his label-mate Webbie gave his opinion on what was next for Boosie but Boosie’s legal troubles were far from over just yet.

On December 7, 2012 after it seemed Lil Boosie was to remain in prison for 7 more years due to drug charges, Lil Boosie’s attorneys were able to argue that the drug ring charge was a set up. This was because the informant offered to provide codeine syrup for Lil Boosie, an admitted codeine addict, in exchange for his help.

On December 19, 2013, it was revealed Boosie will be released from prison on August 18, 2014. However, the following day his brother/manager revealed that the release date had been pushed up to February 2014. Then on January 29, 2014, it was confirmed that Boosie had his final hearing on February 13, 2014, and he would be released during the following week. He was then released on March 5, 2014. He will remain on parole until 2018.

Personal life

Lil Boosie grew up without a father figure in his life, as his father was murdered while he was a child. His mother is Jacquelyn Hatch. He is married to Walnita Decuir-Hatch. He has 7 children. Iviona, Tarlaysia, Torrence Jr., Toriana, Lyric, Ivy Ray, and MJ Hatch Shortly after Bad Azz was released, Boosie announced that he had diabetes. On March 9, 2013 while incarcerated it was announced that Lil Boosie had earned his GED certificate.

Discography

Main article: Lil Boosie discography
Studio albums
  • 2000: Youngest of da Camp
  • 2002: For My Thugz
  • 2006: Bad Azz
  • 2009: Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz
  • 2010: Incarcerated
  • 2014: Touchdown 2 Cause Hell
Collaboration Albums
  • 2000: C-Loc Present Camp III: Thug Brothas (with Concentration Camp)
  • 2003: Pimp C Present: Ghetto Stories (with Webbie)
  • 2004: Gangsta Musik (with Webbie)
  • 2007: Trill Entertainment Presents: Survival of the Fittest (with Foxx, Webbie and Trill Fam)
  • 2010: Trill Entertainment Presents: All or Nothing (with Foxx, Webbie and Trill Fam)
  • TBR: Penitentiary Chances (with C-Murder)

Filmography

Films
  • Gangsta Musik (2005)
  • Bad Azz (2006)
  • On the Grind (2006)
  • Last Dayz (2009)
  • Ghetto Stories: The Movie (2010)

Awards

  • Ozone Awards
    • 2008: Club Banger of the Year (“Independent”) (Won)
    • 2007: Best Rap Album (Bad Azz) (Nominated)
    • 2007: Best Breakthrough Artist (Won)

Boosie Bad Azz Twitter:@BoosieOfficial

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Kandy Paint Records Pays Homage To Da Legendary “Suave House Records”

 

Suave House Records

 

Suave House Records, better known The Legendary Suave House, is a record label located in Houston, Texas founded by Tony Draper. The label was founded in 1990 when Draper was sixteen years old.[1] In its early incarnation, Suave House originally went by the name Suave Records for a couple of years.[2] In 1995, the label inked a distribution deal with Relativity Records and saw their biggest successes in that partnership.[3]

In 1997, Suave House switched distributors from Relativity to Universal Records.[4] The label’s first release under new distribution was MJG’s solo debut No More Glory. By 2000, the company went back to its original status as an independent record label.

In 2007, Suave House Records also released an album from Def Jam’s recording artist Rick Ross (rapper) titled Rise to Power. The album was composed of older songs from Rick Ross during his time at Suave House. Some tracks were remixed and produced by current Suave House’s producer Jiggolo.

In April 2008, Suave House signed a joint venture deal with Koch.[5] The label’s first release under the partnership was an Eightball & MJG Greatest Hits album titled We Are the South. The label plans on releasing upcoming albums from Jiggolo and Gillie Da Kid.

Suave House Records recording artist/producer Jiggolo (Jigg) is feature on Ice Cube’s single “I Rep That West” from his upcoming album “I Am the West”. Jiggolo also produced the track.

Suave House Records today

In a March 2006 interview with XXL, Suave House CEO Tony Draper was asked about the vision of Suave House:

Why do you think Suave House II can compete in this day and age?

“Because I believe that half of the niggas that you see out right now got their game from me. When Suave was doing their thing there was no Cash Money or No Limit. I respect what they’ve done. But a lot of niggas ain’t real because they ain’t paying respect. I knew the movement was big, my shit was solid. Because the only one thing that consumers know is that they love the product. They don’t know that there is a nigga that’s making them make songs like that. I was a family type nigga, we used to sit in the house making the shit from scratch. When the code was violated, that’s when the music started changing (XXL Staff Member, 2006).

Current artists

  • Jiggolo
  • T-Mix
  • X.O. Dat Boy X
  • Carmen San Diego
  • Marly DuMarz
  • Breezy
  • Sixx Mann
  • Emily Bell
  • K-Ci & JoJo
  • OG Pitt

Current labels

  • Draper Inc. Records
  • Draper Management Group
  • Mo-Suave-A Productions Company
  • The Indie Way
  • Royal Reign, LLC
  • Black Militia Entertainment
  • RPH Entertainment

Former artists

  • 8Ball & MJG
  • Tela
  • South Circle (Mr. Mike and Thorough)
  • Mr. Mike
  • Crime Boss
  • The Fedz
  • Jazze Pha
  • Nola
  • Young Twan
  • Psycho Drama
  • Nuckle Heads
  • Ill Hill Billies
  • Rick Ross
  • Noah
  • Gillie Da Kid
  • Coo Coo Cal
  • One Gud Cide
  • Mr. Sche
  • Baby S
  • Big Duke
  • Big Gee
  • At-Large
  • Big Mike
  • Foulmouf
  • Young Quon
  • The R.O.G.

 

Bobby Shmurda Heats Up The Streets With “Hot Nigga”


Ackquille Pollard known by his stage name Bobby Shmurda is an American rapper from Brooklyn, signed to Epic Records. He has released the song “Hot Nigga”, which involved the “Shmoney Dance”.  The song has peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been remixed by several rappers including Juicy J, French Montana, T.I., and Jeezy

Early life and career

Pollard was born in Florida to a Jamaican father and Trinidadian mother. He has an older brother.  After his father was incarcerated, Pollard and his mother relocated to East Flatbush, Brooklyn,a neighborhood in New York City. Shmurda spent fifteen months in detention for a probation violation and was also arrested on gun charges, which were ultimately dropped.  Pollard started rapping at age ten. The first song he remixed was Crime Mob’s “Knuck If You Buck” in 2004.

In 2014, Shmurda broke through with the song “Hot Nigga”, released in March of that year. It features the beat from Lloyd Banks’ song “Jackpot”, Jahlil Beats. The video which contains a choreography that was later named the “Shmoney dance”, was made in the summer of 2013. The song became popular among Vine users and soon lead to the “Shmoney dance” meme. Beyoncé did the move at a venue of her On the Run Tour. Drake used the song while hosting the 2014 ESPY Awards.  Freestyles by various rappers have since then been released among which Juicy J, French Montana, Lil Kim, Gunplay,  T.I., and Jeezy.

On June 3, 2014, Pollard was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon. He was set free on $10,000 bail. In July 2014, Shmurda performed with Meek Mill and later signed a recording deal with Epic Records. On August 29, 2014, Shmurda released a reggae remix featuring Junior Reid, Mavado, Popcaan and Jah X. Another remix of “Hot Nigga” featuring Chris Brown, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes is in the works. Shmurda will release an EP/mixtape Shmurda She Wrote later in 2014 and he is also working with Jahlil Beats on his debut album to be released in early 2015.

 

Birth name Ackquille Pollard
Born Florida
Origin Brooklyn, NY
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2014 – Present
Labels Epic Records
Associated acts GS9

 

Twitter: @bobbyshmurdaGS9

Instagram:bobby_shmurda

The Long Anticipated Mixtape “The Secret” Has Been Released By Mississippi Sipp

Mississippi Sipp The Secret Final Mixtape

datpiff the secret mississippi sipp tracks

 

Mississippi Sipp releases the anticipated follow up Mixtape to “Reaching 4 Fame.” #Download His Newest Mixtape called “The Secret” the day has finally come. Follow @MississippiSipp on all social media. Kandy Paint Records Presents: Mississippi Sipp “The Secret” Mixtape!

 

Visit DatPiff To #DOWNLOAD HERE: http://www.datpiff.com/Mississippi-Sipp-The-Secret-mixtape.643299.html

Kandy Paint Records Remembers “Yungstar” Da Throwed Yung Playa Of S.U.C.

Yungstar grew up on the west side of Houston and began rapping at age ten. In the early ’90s, he began working with DenDen, CEO of Straight Profit Records. He first gained attention freestyling over tapes made by DJ Screw and emerged nationally with a guest appearance on Lil’ Troy’s “Wanna Be a Baller.” Straight Profit released his debut album, Throwed Yung Playa, and it sold 40,000 copies before being picked up and re-released in a revised form by Epic Records in 2000, though he was back to Straight Profit for Ballin’ Underground, which came out in 2002.

iLoveMakonnen- Club Going Up On A Tuesday

iLoveMakonnen is a 25-year-old rapper/singer/producer from LA that resides in Atlanta. After Drake dropped his new remix to “Club Going Up On A Tuesday”, Makonnen’s friend took to Instagram to post a video of Makonnen’s reaction. “@ilovemakonnen just got a collab remix from Drake! Congrats bro! So proud of you.”  Watch below!

 

 

Twitter:  

Instagram:@ilovemakonnen

 

Kevin Gates Is A Beast! A Natural Born Louisianimal

 

Kevin Gilyard (born February 5, 1986), better known by his stage name Kevin Gates, is an American rapper and singer born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana right after where he was raised. On February 15, 2013, it was announced that Gates signed to Atlantic Records.

Musical career

Kevin Gates first began rapping in 2007, when he began making music with fellow Louisiana natives such as Webbie and Lil Boosie. Gates first received attention with his 2008 single “Get in the Way” featuring Lil Boosie. Soon after, he and Boosie would be incarcerated in separate cases. Gates would then be released in 2011 and immediately returned to recording music. He would soon earn the attention of Lil Wayne and would start being managed by Young Money Entertainment’s management wing. In early 2013, Gates released a mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story which was called “easily the best rap-related thing” in February 2013 by Spin Magazine, who also said he has “been a rapper to watch for a few years now”. The Luca Brasi Story has been downloaded from popular mixtape sharing site, DatPiff, over 130,000 times.

On February 15, 2013, it was announced that Kevin Gates signed to Atlantic Records. Gates was also featured on Pusha T’s 2013 mixtape Wrath of Caine on the song “Trust You” and was featured on frequent collaborator Gudda Gudda’s mixtape Guddaville 3 on the song “Hustle All Day” also featuring Flow. On July 16, 2013 Gates released a street album titled Stranger Than Fiction, the street album featured guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J along with being supported by the single “4:30”.  Stranger Than Fiction debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 selling 8,400 copies in its first week. Rolling Stone ranked his song “Wylin” at number 40, on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2013.  His second street album By Any Means was released on March 17, 2014. It debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200, selling 17,000 copies in the United States. Gates was named part of the 2014 XXL Freshmen Class.

Discography

Mixtapes
  • Pick Of Da Litter (2007)
  • All Or Nuthin (2008)
  • All In (2009)
  • Behind Enemy Lines (2010)
  • I Don’t Know What To Call It Vol. 1 (2011)
  • Make ‘Em Believe (2012)
  • In The Mean Time (2012)
  • The Luca Brasi Story (2013)
  • Stranger Than Fiction (2013)
  • By Any Means (2014)

Mississippi Sipp “Apart Of Me” New Hot Single Off Of “The Secret” Mixtape

Mississippi Sipp The Secret Final Mixtape

 

 

Artist:Mississippi Sipp
Song Title: Apart Of Me (Prod By Dj Tree Gotti)
Mixtape: The Secret
Label: Kandy Paint Records (Indie)

#Download Song Here: https://soundcloud.com/kandypaintrecords/mississippi-sipp-apart-of-me-prod-by-dj-tree-gotti

@MississippiSipp Twitter & Instagram
https://www.kandypaintrecords.com
https://wwww.kandypaintcontent.com (Blog)
https://www.SippWard.com (SoundCloud)
https://www.MississippiSipp.com

Intro
This shit apart of me mane. A Extension of my personality.Its what im made from..You people my foundation reppyin cross the Nation.

12 Secs
These Streets Apart Of Me (Im on this Concrete everyday just trying to have something)
This Block Apart Of Me SO I Gotta Let these Boys Know
Naked Guls Apart Of Me(Dats What I Love We Both Bucket Naked Off in The BathTub)
These Fans Apart Of Me (Selling Music Doing Autographs and Paid Shows)

41secs Verse
Lord Knows Nigga Picuture me Fly (Me Fly)
God Knows nigga da Sipp can get High
We was balling in da club one night
I caught da next flight in Dallas
Like Will people show me love Tonite
Trying kick a bad habit
Talking Game wit my Homeboyz
Mookie Rich so he dont get a fuck
Im Constantly tell him
Boy we need dem passports so the fans can feel us
God willing i got da power and da hands just to heal em

1:08
These Streets Apart Of Me (Im on this Concrete everyday just trying to have something)
This Block Apart Of Me SO I Gotta Let these Boys Know
Naked Guls Apart Of Me(Dats What I Love We Both Bucket Naked Off in The BathTub)
These Fans Apart Of Me (Selling Music Doing Autographs and Paid Shows)

1:34 Verse
Shining and im grinding Hustling and big timing
Just the other day I seen lil bitches on da low
Nigga Just the other I seen my boy now he gone
My Patna James Jones grew up wit Cab,Notch and Byron
Dat lil nigga Kyran may be my son but I aint tripping tho
Sending chain mail to Lexis trying to secretly close this door
Da Devil got me wicked and arms reach a mil ticket
Want it Quick Quick Quick Quick,Swear to god i never quit
Dis Rap belong to me and these beats apart of me
Fucking wit Tre Gotti and hell naw we aint from Illuminati
Place dick all over her body,Now she scream like i shot her
A Pit Bull and Rott weiler
My Nigga I live to further Knowledge

2:15 Hook
These Streets Apart Of Me (Im on this Concrete everyday just trying to have something)
This Block Apart Of Me SO I Gotta Let these Boys Know
Naked Guls Apart Of Me(Dats What I Love We Both Bucket Naked Off in The BathTub)
These Fans Apart Of Me (Selling Music Doing Autographs and Paid Shows)

These Streets Apart Of Me (Im on this Concrete everyday just trying to have something)
This Block Apart Of Me SO I Gotta Let these Boys Know
Naked Guls Apart Of Me(Dats What I Love We Both Bucket Naked Off in The BathTub)
These Fans Apart Of Me (Selling Music Doing Autographs and Paid Shows)