Bloods & Crips

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Bloods & Crips was a gangsta rap group from Los Angeles County mostly known for their record selling song Piru Love.

Bloods & Crips
OriginLos Angeles County, California
GenresGangsta rap, G-funk, West Coast hip hop
Years active1992–1995[1]
LabelsWarlock Records (U.S.)
Dangerous Records (U.S.)
Past membersDamu Ridas (Bloods)
Nationwide Rip Ridaz (Crips)

HistoryEdit

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.[2] Actual gang members — Crips from Compton, Watts and Long Beach, and Bloods from Inglewood and Los Angeles — auditioned for the group and the best ones were chosen for the album.[3] 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.

AlbumsEdit

FirstEdit

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 No. 86 on the Billboard 200.[4] 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.[5]

SecondEdit

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 No. 139 on the Billboard 200 and #20 for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[6]

Third

A third album: Bangin’ on Wax Part 3: No Passes was originally recorded in 2004, but not released until 2014. None of the original artists are featured on the album, although it was still distributed through Dangerous Records with the help of Tweedy Bird Loc, following the death of producer Ronnie M. Phillips on November 1, 2003, over a decade prior to release.[7][8]

AftermathEdit

Following the end of the project, the two gangs started separate projects, with the Crips releasing albums under the Nationwide Rip Ridaz name,[9] and the bloods under the Damu Ridas.[10] Other members continued working together as Young Soldierz.

Nationwide Rip Ridaz

The Nationwide Rip Ridaz released two albums, the self titled ‘Nationwide Rip Ridaz’ in 1995 and ‘Betrayed (Can't Trust Nobody)’ in 1999.[11]

A notable member of the group was Donald “AWOL” Stallworth from Kelly Park, he was killed by law enforcement on June 4, 1997.[12]

Damu Ridas

Damu Ridas released their own self titled album ‘Damu Ridas’ in 1995, followed by ‘How Deep Is Your Hood’ in 1999.[13]

The core members of the Damu Ridas were from two different Blood gangs: the L.A. Denver Lane Bloods and the Crenshaw Mafia Bloods. The two gangs have been close allies for decades and are still allied today.[14]

B-Brazy, Peanut II and Lil' Laniak II were from the Denver Lanes. Tip Toe, Pimp D, Spyder, O.G Mad Eye, Big Hawk and Lil' Hawk were from the Crenshaw Mafia. Of those 9 members, 7 have been confirmed deceased.[15]

B-Brazy was shot and killed in 2003.[16] Peanut II was shot 17 times and died in November 1995 by members of the Crips. Lil' Laniak II was with his daughter when he was killed around 1995 by the 83 Gangsters.[17] Tip Toe was killed by a member of the Neighborhood Piru. Spyder was in the neighborhood of the Rollin' 60 Crips when he was shot and killed in 2000. O.G Mad Eye and his little brother Lil' Mad Eye were both killed before 2001. Big Hawk is deceased[18] and Lil' Hawk is serving a 25 to life prison sentence for murder.[19]

Internal feudsEdit

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).

I saw you wearing your dirty clothes to match your dirty hood [...]It's hell up in Harlem, like you say, yeah, the Brims and the 20s leaving niggas dead

Lil' Leak's verse on "CK Ride". Full lyrics of Damu Ridas cover at Rap Genius

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.[20][21]

MembersEdit

  • Tweedy Bird Loc
  • Battlecat
  • Domino
  • AWOL (Donald Stallworth)
  • Redrum
  • O.Y.G Redrum 781
  • B-Brazy
  • Lenys Alias el Gluteos (Bloody Mary)
  • Cixx Pac
  • Miss C-Note
  • Sin Loc
  • Bobby Williams (Lil' Hawk)
  • Lil' Leak (CK)
  • Green Eyez
  • Twin Loc (O.G. Cell-E-Cel)
  • Big Freeze
  • G-Len
  • B.G. Scarface
  • Peanut 1
  • Peanut II
  • Big Mad-Eyez
  • Samari Doby (Lil' Stretch)
  • Tip-Toe
  • Broncoe
  • Koolay
  • June Dawg
  • Batman (Evil Bat)
  • G-Spyder
  • Blue Ragg
  • Do or Die
  • Lil’ 8
  • Baby Maniak
  • Lil' CK Stretch
  • Robert W. Lewis III (Producer)
  • Gangsta Red
  • Gangsta Yank
  • Big Stretch
  • Baby Stretch
  • Big Hawk
  • Baby Hawk
  • Big Wy (Red Rag)
  • Green AK

DiscographyEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Exclusive interview with redruM781 Archived 2009-07-14 at the Wayback Machine RapTalk.net. 2008-04-11 Retrieved. 2008-04-11
  3. ^ Bloods & Crips biography at Allmusic AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
  4. ^ "Bangin'" on Wax at Billboard BillBoard.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved 2014-05-17
  5. ^ "Steady Dippin'" by Bloods & Crips WhoSampled.com 2014-05-19 Retrieved. 2014-05-19
  6. ^ Bloods & Crips at AllMusic AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
  7. ^ Bloods & Crips – Bangin On Wax Part III (No Passes) (2014, CD), retrieved 2021-03-29
  8. ^ "Ronnie M Phillips". AncientFaces. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  9. ^ Nationwide Rip Ridaz – Nationwide Rip Ridaz (CD), retrieved 2021-03-29
  10. ^ "Damu Ridas". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  11. ^ Nationwide Rip Ridaz – Nationwide Rip Ridaz (CD), retrieved 2021-03-29
  12. ^ "Kelly Park Compton Crips | StreetGangs.Com". Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  13. ^ "Damu Ridas". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  14. ^ "Crenshaw Mafia Gang (CMG)". 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  15. ^ "Damu Ridas (Rap Group)". 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  16. ^ "Inglewood Website - News Details". 2007-06-22. Archived from the original on 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  17. ^ mtdb8 (2018-10-19). "Its a BK All Day". Music To Drive By. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  18. ^ "Gang-Infested Area's Real Enemies Are Drugs and Guns". Los Angeles Times. 1997-01-30. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  19. ^ "B-Brazy in Los Angeles | Rap - The Good Ol'Dayz". www.thegoodoldayz.com. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  20. ^ Bustas' on Wax by Keke Loco UnitedGangs.com 2014-05-20 Retrieved. 2014-05-20
  21. ^ CK: Feud with Lil Keke Loco UnitedGangs.com 2014-05-20 Retrieved. 2014-05-20

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