Bloods & Crips
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Bloods & Crips
|Origin||Los Angeles County, California|
|Genres||Gangsta rap, G-funk, West Coast hip hop|
|Labels||Warlock Records (U.S.)|
Dangerous Records (U.S.)
|Associated acts||Tweedy Bird Loc, RedRum 781, Ronnie Ron, Young Soldierz, DJ Battlecat|
|Past members||Damu Ridas (Bloods)|
Nationwide Rip Ridaz (Crips)
The success of N.W.A. had frustrated many in the gang community who saw the group capitalizing on the gang lifestyle. The Bloods & Crips project was originally organized by rappers O.Y.G Redrum 781 and Tweedy Bird Loc. Actual gang members, Crips from Compton, Watts and Long Beach, Bloods from Inglewood and Los Angeles auditioned for the group and the best ones were chosen for the album. In 1993, the Bloods & Crips released their debut album entitled Bangin' on Wax for Warlock Records. One year later, the group's second and final studio album, Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues was released. After Bangin' on Wax 2, the Bloods & Crips parted ways, with the Bloods becoming the Damu Ridas and the Crips became the Nationwide Rip Ridaz.
Bangin' on Wax was the first album by Bloods & Crips. The album was released in 1993 under 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" and "Steady Dippin'". The album went on to sell over 500,000 copies, achieving Gold status. Official music videos for "Bangin' on Wax", "Piru Love" and "Steady Dippin'" were made, gaining widespread attention for the group.
On the group's single "Piru Love", the hook is sung by Fo' Clips Eclipse, one of the group's Crip members.
The next single, "Steady Dippin'", was performed by Crip members Do Or Die (a.k.a. A-Love), Miss C-Note (a.k.a. Dannygirl), Sin Loc, and Blue Ragg (a.k.a. The General). They emerged a group called the Underworld Connection. The Underworld Connection was formed in the early 1990s but was put on hold for projects like Tweedy Bird Loc's "187 Ride By" and the controversial album Bangin' On Wax. It was the first time the group reconnected in the late 2000s since the 1990s. Also DJ Battlecat made an appearance in the "Steady Dippin'" music video as the event's DJ for the intro. The song was produced by him along with QLuso and Ronnie Ron.
Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues was the second and last album by the Bloods & Crips. Music videos were made for the album singles "G's & Locs" and "Wish You Were Here". Both videos gained positive reviews. The album was recorded and released in 1994 under 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 (N.O.T.S.), another gangsta rap group. Keke Loco even dedicated a diss track called "Bustas' on Wax", which was considered "slanderous" to the original album "Bangin' On Wax" and took numerous shots at members of the Bloods & Crips, including Bloody Mary, O.Y.G Redrum 781, AWOL, Big Wy, Sin Loc, and many more. Criticizing them for collaborating with rival street gangs, Keke Loco considers the members from "Bangin' on Wax", a disgrace to all real Bloods and Crips. "Its disrespectful to all the fallen gang members who lost they life over colors, it's like spitting on their graves", Loco said.
One of the main rappers from the Bloods & Crips, Lil' Leak (also known as CK) retaliated with several verbal insults of his own. Lil' Leak and Damu Ridas also dedicated a whole verse on a song called "CK Ride" and "True Flue Killer" to insulting Keke Loco and his fellow N.O.T.S. (True Blue).
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.
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