Category:West Coast hip hop groups
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The following 180 pages are in this category, out of 180 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 180 pages are in this category, out of 180 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. West Coast hip hop – West Coast hip hop is a hip hop music subgenre that encompasses any artists or music that originates in the West Coast region of the United States. The culture is believed to have been a mutual creation which evolved from interaction between people who identified with elements from their respective coasts. A number of laid the foundations for West Coast hip hop, long before the emergence of West Coast rappers such as DJ Flash & The Rappers Rapp Group, Eazy-E, Ice T. According to geniusrap. com, a cataclysmic event helped give rise to it out West, in 1967, Bud Schulberg founded a creative space entitled Watts Writers Workshop, intended to help the people of the Watts neighborhood and provide a place for them to express themselves freely. Out of this background the Watts Prophets formed, its members having moved to the West Coast from southern states such as Texas and Louisiana. The West Coast hip-hop scene started in earnest in 1978 with the founding of Unique Entertainment, a group influenced by Prince, East Coast hip hop, Kraftwerk, Parliament-Funkadelic and others. In 1984, Uncle Jamms Army released their first single, Dial-a-Freak, and in the same year Egyptian Lover released his On the Nile album, which includes the popular 12 single Egypt Egypt. Another early landmark occurred in 1981, when Duffy Hooks launched the first West Coast rap label, Rappers Rapp Records and its first act was the duo of Disco Daddy and Captain Rapp, whose debut single was Gigolo Rapp or Gigolo Groove. Later, in 1983, Captain Rapp would create the classic West Coast song Bad Times, in the mid-1980s, Mixmaster Spade defined an early form of gangsta rap with his Compton Posse. From this group, Spade mentored future rap stars of the West Coast, including Toddy Tee, in the same period, the Compton-based former locking dancer Alonzo Williams formed World Class Wreckin Cru, which included future N. W. A members Dr. Dre and DJ Yella. Williams also founded Kru-Cut Records and established a studio in the back of his nightclub Eves After Dark. During this period, one of the greatest factors in the spread of West Coast hip-hop was the radio station 1580 KDAY, in 1988, N. W. As landmark album Straight Outta Compton was released. As well as establishing a basis for the popularity of gangsta rap, in particular, the controversial Fuck tha Police and the ensuing censorship attracted substantial media coverage and public attention. Following the dissolution of N. W. A. due to in-fighting, the early 1990s was a period in which hip hop went from strength to strength. Tupac Shakurs debut album 2Pacalypse Now was released in 1991, demonstrating an awareness, with attacks on social injustice, poverty. Shakurs music and philosophy was rooted in various philosophies and approaches, including the Black Panther Party, Black nationalism, egalitarianism, and liberty. Also in 1991, Suge Knight founded Death Row Records using money he had extorted from the pop-rapper Vanilla Ice - the West Coast saw the debut of arguably its most influential and popular rapper. Other Death Row releases such as Snoop Doggy Doggs Doggystyle and 2Pacs All Eyez on Me became huge sellers and were critically acclaimed
2. The Black Eyed Peas – The Black Eyed Peas is an American group, consisting of rappers will. i. am, apl. de. ap, Taboo, and singer Fergie. Originally an alternative hip hop group, they changed their musical sound to pop and dance-pop music. Although the group was founded in Los Angeles in 1995, it was not until the release of their third album Elephunk in 2003 that they achieved record sales. Since that time, the group has sold an estimated 76 million records, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Black Eyed Peas were the second-best-selling artist/group of all time for downloaded tracks, with over 42 million sales as of the end of 2011. Their first major hit was the 2003 single Where Is the Love, from Elephunk, which topped the charts in 13 countries, including the United Kingdom, where it spent seven weeks at number one and went on to become Britains biggest selling single of 2003. Another European hit single from the album was Shut Up. Their fourth album, Monkey Business, was an even bigger success, certified 4× Platinum in the U. S. and spawning four singles, Dont Phunk with My Heart, Dont Lie, My Humps. I Gotta Feeling became the first single to more than one million downloads in the United Kingdom. The Black Eyed Peas were ranked 12th on Billboards Decade-End Chart Artist of the Decade, at the 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony, held in January 2010, they won three awards out of six nominations. In November 2010, they released the album The Beginning, in February 2011, the group performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show. The Black Eyed Peas date back to 1988, when eighth-graders William Adams and Allan Pineda met, the pair signed to Ruthless Records in 1992, catching the attention of Eazy-E manager Jerry Hellers nephew. Along with another friend of theirs, Dante Santiago, they called their trio Atban Klann, will 1X, apl. de. ap, Mookie Mook, DJ Motiv8, and Dante Santiago formed Atban Klann. Their debut album, Grass Roots, was never released due to Ruthless records founder Eazy-Es death, after Eazy-E died in 1995, Atban Klann reformed and changed their name to Black Eyed Pods, and then Black Eyed Peas. Dante Santiago was replaced with Jaime Gomez, and Kim Hill became a background singer. Unlike the gangsta rap sounds of Los Angeles-based hip hop acts at the time, after being signed to Interscope Records and releasing their debut, Behind the Front the group earned critical acclaim. One of the singles from the album was Joints & Jam, singer Sierra Swan joined in 1998, appearing on the 1998 song Fallin Up, before she left in 2000. Their second album, Bridging the Gap, produced the singles Weekends featuring Esthero, Hill left the band while producing the album, but was still featured on the album tracks for Hot and Tell Your Mama Come as well as in the video for Weekends. Their third album Elephunk began development on November 2,2001 and it was the first album to feature the vocals of current member Fergie
3. Bloods & Crips – Bloods & Crips was a gangsta rap group from the Los Angeles County. The success of N. W. A. had frustrated many in the gang community, the Bloods & Crips project was originally organized by rappers O. Y. G redruM781 and Tweedy Bird Loc. Actual gang members, Crips from Compton, Watts and Long Beach, Bloods from Inglewood and Los Angeles auditioned for the group, in 1993 the Bloods & Crips released their debut album entitled Bangin on Wax for Warlock Records. One year later, the second and final studio album. After Bangin on Wax 2, the Bloods & Crips parted ways, with the Bloods becoming the Damu Ridas, Bangin on Wax was the first album by Bloods & Crips. The album was released in 1993 for Dangerous Records, Bangin on Wax was a success, making it to #86 on the Billboard 200. Four singles were released Bangin on Wax, Piru Love, Crip, Crip, Crip, the album has sold over 500,000 copies, reaching Gold status. Music videos were made for Bangin on Wax, Piru Love, on the single Piru Love, only a Crip sang the hook, it was Fo Clips Eclipse. The next single, Steady Dippin, that was performed by Crips members Do Or Die, Miss C-Note, Sin Loc and Blue Ragg, they emerged a group called the Underworld Connection. The Underworld Connection was formed in the early 1990s but was put on hold to do projects like Tweedy Bird Locs 187 Ride By and it was the first time since the 1990s the group has reconnected in the late 2000s. Also DJ Battlecat made a guest appearance in the Steady Dippin music video as the events DJ for the intro, the Saga Continues was the second and last album by the Bloods & Crips. Music videos were made for the album singles Gs & Locs, the album was recorded and released in 1994 for Dangerous Records, the album made it to #139 on the Billboard 200 and #20 for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. At the height of their success, the Bloods & Crips became a target for Lil Keke Loco of the Rollin 30s Harlem Crips and Niggaz Off The Streets, another gangsta rap group. Criticizing them for collaborating with rival gangs, Keke Loco considers the members from Bangin on Wax. Its disrespectful to all the gang members who lost they life over colors, it’s like spitting on their graves. Lil Leak, known as CK, was one of the rappers from the Bloods & Crips. Lil Leak and Damu Ridas also dedicated a whole verse on a song called CK Ride and True Flue Killer to insulting Keke Loco, the Dirty is a derogatory term, and a reference to the Rollin 30′s Harlem Crips. Shortly after the album Bangin on Wax 2, the Saga Continues was released, the Damu Ridas members from the album ran across Lil Keke Loco and buried the feud
4. Cali Swag District – Cali Swag District was an American hip hop group from Inglewood, California, founded by former Death Row Records artist Big Wy and Dairold Potts. After originally signing with Capitol Records, Cali Swag District began to record their debut album and they released their debut single, Teach Me How to Dougie, produced by Runway Star of The Makerz production team on April 13,2010. It became a success, peaking at twenty-eight on the US Billboard Hot 100, nine on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The songs success led the Dougie to become one of the most popular dances of 2010, the songs follow-up, Where You Are, was released on September 7,2010. It samples Michael Jacksons 1972 hit, I Wanna Be Where You Are, the song only managed to peak at forty-five on US R&B charts and twenty-two on US Rap charts. The groups third single, Kickback, was released on January 18,2011, the single peaked at ninety-one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Due to album pushbacks, much of the The Kickback was re-worked, resulting in Where You Are being cut from it, making Teach Me How to Dougie and the title track its first two singles. With the album delayed and the future of Capitol Records parent company, EMI, unclear, the group eventually signed with Sphinx Music Entertainment/319 Music Group and The Kickback was distributed by Sony/RED on July 12,2011. Montae Talbert, known in the group as M-Bone, was shot on May 15,2011, the 22-year-old rapper was the victim of a drive-by shooting in Inglewood. M-Bone was in his car after visiting a local store when he was shot twice in the head. He was brought to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, three days after M-Bones death, Cali Swag District premiered the song, How to Do That, in his honor. The song was included on their mixtape, Deeper Than the Dougie, cahron Childs, known in the group as JayAre, died on June 6,2014. According to a source, the rapper JayAre suffered from sickle cell anemia and he was admitted to the hospital after he had a seizure in his sleep. While in the hospital JayAre fell into cardiac arrest and died, JayAre was 25 years old at the time of his death. Deeper Than the Dougie Rns, D&G Lyfestyle Mixtape Fast Lyfe In Slow Motion The District Official website Teach Me How to Dougie website
5. Death Grips – Death Grips is an experimental hip hop group from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of rapper/vocalist Stefan Burnett, drummer/producer/songwriter Zach Hill, the band has featured guitarist Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos on their albums Fashion Week, Jenny Death and Bottomless Pit. Their musical style draws on hip hop, punk, electronic, noise, in 2015, The Skinny called them the first truly important band of the twenty-first century. The group released the mixtape Exmilitary in April 2011 and their debut album The Money Store the following year. Shortly after signing to Epic Records in 2012, the group leaked their second album No Love Deep Web for free download in breach of their contract and were dropped from the label. They released their third album Government Plates in 2013, following several broken performance commitments, the group announced their disbanding in July 2014 along with the release of their fourth album The Powers That B. However, in March 2015 the group revealed that they make some more music. Later that year, they announced their official studio album titled Bottomless Pit. Death Grips was formed in Sacramento, California on December 21,2010, by Zach Hill, Andy Morin, on the first day of their formation they recorded their first song, Full Moon. It was released on March 8,2011 together with a video, on April 25,2011, Death Grips released a free mixtape entitled Exmilitary, containing several tracks from the EP along with new cuts. Throughout the spring and early summer in 2011, Death Grips played small live shows while Exmilitary was spreading throughout the Internet. It received several favorable ratings from critics, with NBCNewYork. com calling it an intense. During this time the members were largely elusive, the only known member being Hill. The first album, The Money Store, was released on April 21,2012 while the songs Blackjack, Get Got, Music videos have been released for all three, as well as the track Lost Boys alone with no video accompaniment. They spent the four months recording their next album, No Love Deep Web. A video for track was released on October 17 featuring animation from Galen Pehrson. This project was created for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, on October 1, the band self-released their sophomore effort via a website which they linked to from Twitter and Soundcloud, and various filesharing services including BitTorrent. This was apparently an effort to bypass the fact that their label was unwilling to release the album until 2013
6. Far East Movement – Far East Movement is an American hip hop and electronic music group based in Los Angeles. The group formed in 2003 and consists of Kev Nish, Prohgress and DJ Virman. Among their other chart toppers are, Rocketeer featuring Ryan Tedder of One Republic, Turn Up the Love, the groups latest album, Identity, is the first release under their own record label Transparent Music. Identity focuses on bridging Eastern artists with FMs Western dance music roots, Far East Movement has also branched out with a number of collaborations on labels Ministry of Sound, Dim Mak, and Ultra. In 2016, Far East Movements company, Transparent Agency, manages ten artists of various genres, including includes rapper Dumbfoundead and producer/ DJ Yultron. The artists have garnered millions of social plays, sold out national tours, and have released tracks through labels OWSLA, Spinnin’, Armada. FM also has a joint label, BredNButter, with Trap City, bredNButters many releases have amassed millions of plays in total in a little over a year of existence. Far East Movement are in the process of recording their full length release. The three original members of Far East Movement, Kevin Nishimura, James Roh, and Jae Choung and they were close companions in high school and shared a passion for music together. The trio promoted their music online and began performing at clubs and events in Los Angeles, soon. However, they changed it to Far East Movement or FM. In 2003, they organised an event called Movementality in Koreatown, Los Angeles, in 2005, Far East Movement released a mixtape called Audio-Bio, which was one of their first CDs and contained many of their earliest songs and many songs not available anywhere else. Their first album, titled Folk Music, was released in early 2006, the single Round Round was featured in the film, The Fast and the Furious, Tokyo Drift, appearing both on the self-titled soundtrack and video game. This critical breakout was the catalyst that cemented their decision to pursue music as a full-time career and their songs Get Offa Me and Make Ya Self were featured in The Fast and the Furious video game. They proceeded to perform on two tours, and they signed distribution deals in Japan and Korea with Avex Network. In 2007, they were featured in the Sundance Film Festival film called Finishing the Game and they also released the single Youve Got A Friend featuring Lil Rob and Baby Bash, which became their first song on major national radio. LAs radio station Power 106 DJ, DJ Virman, came to the group as their official DJ and they released another single titled Lowridin that received heavy airplay in 2008. Soon after, they planned on showcasing a second album, releasing Animal later on in the same year, Animal featured three hit singles that frequently won national radio play, “You’ve Got A Friend”, “Lowridin”, and the successful “Girls On The Dance Floor”
7. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first Latino American hip hop recording group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums and they are considered to be among the main progenitors of West Coast rap and hip hop in the early 1990s, being critically acclaimed for their first four albums. The band has also advocated for medical and recreational use of cannabis in the United States, senen Reyes and Ulpiano Sergio Reyes are brothers born in Pinar del Río, Cuba. In 1971, their family immigrated to the United States from Cuba and they initially lived in South Gate, California. In 1988, the two teamed up with New York City native Lawrence Muggerud and Louis Freese to form a hip-hop group named DVX. The band soon lost Mellow Man Ace to a solo career, after recording a demo in 1989, Cypress Hill signed a record deal with the major label, Columbia Records. Their self-titled first album was released in August 1991, the lead single was the double A-side The Phuncky Feel One/How I Could Just Kill a Man which received heavy airplay on urban and college radio. The other two singles released from the album were Hand on the Pump and Latin Lingo, the latter of which combined English and Spanish lyrics, the success of these singles led to the album selling two million copies in the US alone. Cypress Hill contributed the song Shoot Em Up to the soundtrack of the movie Juice, the group made their first appearance at Lollapalooza on the side stage in 1992. Black Sunday, the second album, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in 1993. Also, with their debut still in the charts, they became the first rap group to have 2 albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 at the same time. With Insane in the Brain becoming a hit, the album went triple platinum in the U. S. The band headlined the Soul Assassins tour with House of Pain and Funkdoobiest as support, then performed on a tour with Rage Against the Machine. In 1993, Cypress Hill also had two tracks on the Judgment Night soundtrack, teaming up with Pearl Jam on the track Real Thing and Sonic Youth on I Love You Mary Jane. The group later played at Woodstock 94, introducing new member Eric Bobo, son of Willie Bobo, rolling Stone magazine named the group as the best rap group in their music awards voted by critics and readers. Cypress Hill played at Lollapalooza for two years, topping the bill in 1995. They also appeared on the Homerpalooza episode of The Simpsons, prior to Bobo joining the crew, Panchito Ponch Gomez sat in as a percussionist when not acting. Their third album III, Temples of Boom was released in 1995, Cypress Hill also contributed a track I Wanna Get High to the High Times sponsored Hempilation album to support NORML
8. Dilated Peoples – Dilated Peoples is an American hip hop group from Los Angeles, California. They reached the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart with two tracks, This Way and Worst Comes to Worst and their members include DJ Babu, Evidence and Rakaa. The group also received a publicity spike after their songs were featured in the 2003 video games Need for Speed, Underground and they had previously recorded an album titled Imagery, Battle Hymns & Political Poetry that was never released, although many fans still have it on bootlegged tapes. The group eventually signed with Capitol Records and released The Platform to more critical acclaim, Expansion Team debuted at #8 on the US Billboard R&B Albums chart and #36 on the Billboard 200. The groups third album, Neighborhood Watch, was released in 2004 and debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200, in addition to the Kanye West produced single, This Way, it featured the singles Whos Who. and Sorry. OK, which were included as tracks on the Need for Speed, Underground and SSX3 soundtracks. The fourth album, 20/20, was released in 2006, the debut single and this is the third EA Games soundtrack on which the group has been featured. Back Again is also featured on Sonys MLB06, The Show, in 2012, they collaborated with Platinum Games to record the track This is Madness for the credits of the beat-em-up video game, Anarchy Reigns. 20/20 was the farewell album on Capitol Records, ending a four album recording contract. They also work with the hip hop group, Global Warning. The Liks appeared on The Platform on the track Right On, the group also collaborated frequently with west coast emcees Defari and Amad Jamal and helped to launch their careers. Defari made one appearance on each Dilated Peoples album, Ear Drums Pop on The Platform, Defari Interlude on Expansion Team, Closed Session on Neighborhood Watch, Dilated Peoples also made multiple appearances on Defaris album Odds & Evens. Another Dilated associate is their long-time producer, the Alchemist, who produced five songs on The Platform, Dilated Peoples were featured on a song on the Alchemists 1st Infantry album. Dilated Peoples at AllMusic Dilated Peoples Homepage Evidence Interview Evidence Interview - Reunion of Dilated Peoples, BouriBlog | Evidence Interview BouriBlog | Rakaa Iriscience Interview Dilated Peoples Video Interview
9. 2nd II None – 2nd II None is a rap group from Compton, California. It consist of cousins KK and Gangsta D and they were members of the Elm Street Piru Bloods. Their career started in 1990 after the release of The Red Tape and they released their first album in 1991, the self-titled 2nd II None on Profile Records. Their second album, Classic 220 on Arista Records, released in 1999 and their albums were produced by 2nd II None and DJ Quik. In 2008, their 1994 unreleased album Tha Shit was leaked on the internet
10. Mash Confusion – Mash Confusion is the debut album by American rap group A-1, released August 24,1999 on Sick Wid It and Jive Records. A-1 is composed of Big Bone and D-Day, the album features production by Bosko, K-Lou, Sam Bostic, Studio Ton and Tone Capone. Several guest performers appear on the album, including, E-40, B-Legit, Little Bruce, Killa Tay, Phats Bossi, along with a single, a music video was produced for the song, Big Man, featuring E-40. The song, Represent, originally appeared on the 1997 compilation, the video features cameo appearances by E-40, B-Legit, Celly Cel and Suga-T. Though E-40 features on the best track, The Big Man, there are plenty of great jams and spotlights for A-1, on Gangstaz Anthem, Mathematics, and Represent