Bloods & Crips
|Bloods & Crips|
|Also known as||Bloods And Crips, Crips & Bloods, Bloods & Crips|
|Origin||Los Angeles, 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|
|Members||Damu Ridas (Bloods)
Nationwide Rip Ridaz (Crips)
Bloods & Crips was a musical collaboration Hip hop group between members of the Bloods & Crips gangs formed by Tweedy Bird Loc, O.Y.G Redrum 781 and Ronnie Ron. Given the infamous violent reputation of rival Los Angeles gangs the Bloods and the Crips, it seems impossible that the two could collaborate on a music project, but that's exactly what the Bloods & Crips did on "Bangin' on Wax" in 1993, organized by Los Angeles area producer Ron "Ronnie Ron" Phillips and rappers RedRum 781, Tweedy Bird Loc.
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 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 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 groups 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. The Bloods and Crips members, from the albums were frauded out because of music royalties by Russ Regan and his wife and Adam Levy, soon Morris Levy and lawyer Steven Lowy gave the record deal to Ronnie Ron.
The idea behind the albums was to get the gang members to bang (slang for fight) on wax (i.e., record) and not in the streets. Each record consisted of a 'B' side and a 'C' side. The 'B' side consisted of Bloods and the 'C' side consisted of Crips. The songs "Bangin On Wax", "G's & Loc's" and "I Wish You Were Here" were the only songs where the Bloods & Crips rapped together in the original albums. Most of the songs were written and recorded in the same studio session. The producer, Ronnie Ron passed away after a heart-attack in 2003. Tweedy Bird Loc was the last person to have a close connection with Ron, he is currently working on the next Bloods & Crips album, which it's expected to be released soon directly from him.
1993: Bangin' on Wax
"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" and "Steady Dippin'". The album has sold over 500,000 copies, reaching Gold status. Music videos were made for "Bangin' on Wax", "Piru Love" and "Steady Dippin"'.
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 (aka A-Love), Miss C-Note (aka Dannygirl), Sin Loc and Blue Ragg (aka The General), they emerged a group called the Underworld Connection (UWC). The Underworld Connection was formed in the early 90's but was put on hold to do projects like Tweedy Bird Loc's "187 Ride By" and the controversial album "Bangin' On Wax". It was the first time since the 90's the group has reconnected in the late 2000s. Also DJ Battlecat made a guest 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.
1994: Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues
"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". 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.
Feud with Lil' Keke Loco
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 a gangsta rap group. Keke Loco even dedicated a diss track called "Bustas' on Wax", which was a slander to the original album "Bangin On Wax" and took numerous shots at members of the Bloods & Crips including Bloody Mary, 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.
Lil' Leak, known as CK, was one of the main rappers from the Bloods & Crips, who retaliated back with several verbal insult's 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 Keke Loco and he shut that feud up.
|Nationwide Rip Ridaz||Damu Ridas|
|Kelly Park Compton Crips||Notes|
|Tweedy Bird Loc||Tweedy is alive and has released two solo albums.|
|Fo' Clips Eclipse||Fo' Clips is deceased, he has released a solo album, later he was shot and killed in front of his home the day his album went out.|
|Do or Die||Do or Die (aka A-Love) is alive.|
|AWOL||AWOL is deceased, he was choked and killed by the police after he swallowed something police considered a clue.|
|Crip Inch||Crip Inch is deceased.|
|Troll Loc||Troll Loc is alive.|
|K-Tone||K-Tone's status unknown.|
|Trouble Loc||Trouble Loc's status is unknown.|
|Atlantic Drive Compton Crips||Notes|
|G-Bone||G-Bone (aka G-BIZO, Grown Folk) is alive, he has released a book and several music projects as a writer and musician.|
|B.G. Scarface||B.G. Scarface is deceased, he has committed suicide in 2012.|
|Rider-J||Rider-J's (aka Big Bun) status is unknown.|
|Neighborhood Compton Crips||Notes|
|Sin Loc||Sin Loc (aka Hittman D, O.G. Sin Loc) is alive and he has released two solo albums.|
|Blue Ragg||Blue Ragg (aka The General) is alive.|
|Att Will||Att Will is alive and he has released a solo album.|
|Watts Franklin Square Crips||Notes|
|Big Freeze||Big Freeze is deceased, he was shot and killed in a restaurant.|
|Six Pac||Six Pac (aka Cixx Pac) is alive.|
|Keystone||Keystone is alive.|
|Koolay||Koolay is alive.|
|Baby Half Dead||Baby Half Dead is alive.|
|Half Dead||Half Dead is deceased.|
|Mac-11||Mac-11 is deceased.|
|Teroma||Teroma's status is unknown.|
|Sinbad The Slayer||Sinbad The Slayer's status is unknown.|
|Fudgetown Mafia Crips||Notes|
|Broncoe||Broncoe is alive.|
|Rollin 20's Long Beach Crips||Notes|
|Domino||Domino (aka Genuine Draft) is alive and has released four solo albums.|
|C-Note||C-Note (aka Miss C-Note, Dannygyrl) is alive and active rapper.|
|Long Beach Insane Crips||Notes|
|Duv Mac||Duv Mac (aka O.G. Duv Mac) is alive and has released several projects.|
|Avalon Gangsta Crips||Notes|
|Twin Loc||Twin Loc (aka O.G. Cell-E-Cell) is alive and known under rap moniker "G-Cell", plus he has released a solo album.|
|Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips||Notes|
|C-Rider||C-Rider is alive B.K.A. DJ Battlecat|
|Avenue Piru Gang||Notes|
|O.Y.G Redrum 781||O.Y.G Redrum 781 is alive and he has released an album and several mixtape(s).|
|Lil' Leak||Lil' Leak (aka CK) is alive, he is the younger brother of Redrum 781.|
|Bloody Mary||Bloody Mary (aka Nini X) is deceased. She has released two solo albums, she died in a motorcycle accident in 2006.|
|Bounty Hunter Bloods||Notes|
|Lil' Stretch||Lil' Stretch is alive and he owns a motorcycle store.|
|Yank||Yank's (aka Gangsta Yank) status is unknown.|
|Crenshaw Mafia Gang||Notes|
|Big Wy||Big Wy (aka Red Rag) is alive, he has released an album with the group Young Soldierz. Plus, he founded Cali Swag District.|
|Lil' Hawk||Lil' Hawk (aka Red Ridin Hood) is alive, currently he's serving a 25 to life sentence and has an upcoming album.|
|Spyder||Spyder (aka SP) is deceased. He was another respected member of the 104th Street CMG. He was killed by a gang in 2000.|
|Pimp D||Pimp D is alive. Pimp D and Tip Toe had a similar voice, but they are not the same person.|
|Tip Toe||Tip Toe is deceased, he was a respected member of the 104th Street CMG. He was killed by a Piru gang, the Neighborhood Pirus.|
|Big Mad Eye||Big Mad Eye (aka O.G. Mad Eye) is deceased. He was one of the oldest Damu Ridas and was a respected O.G. of the Crenshaw Mafia Gang.|
|cK-Let||cK-Let (aka Dosia B) is alive.|
|Baby Hawk||Baby Hawk is deceased, he was the younger brother of Big Hawk and Lil' Hawk.|
|K-Low||K-Low's status is unknown.|
|Lil' Mad Eye||Lil' Mad Eye is deceased, he was the younger brother of Big Mad Eye.|
|Big Hawk||Big Hawk is deceased, the older brother of Lil' Hawk and Baby Hawk.|
|T-Kayduse||T-Kayduse's status is unknown.|
|Lil' G-Bone||Lil' G-Bone's status is unknown, he is the little childhood friend of G-Bone (of Crips).|
|Inglewood Family Gangsta Bloods||Notes|
|Dock-B||Dock-B is alive.|
|Green Eyez||Green Eyez is alive and made an solo album.|
|L.A. Denver Lane Bloods||Notes|
|B-Brazy||B-Brazy is deceased, he was set up and killed by a Mexican gang. His case is still unsolved.|
|Lil' Laniak 2||Lil' Laniak 2 is deceased, he was shot and killed by a Piru gang, the Campanella Park Pirus.|
|Peanut 2||Peanut 2 is deceased, he has been killed by a gang. His brother O.G Peanut has also been killed.|
|Eightball||Eightball (aka 8-Ball) is alive.|
|June Dawg||June Dawg is alive and active rapper.|
|TK 2||TK 2's status is unknown.|
|G-Len||G-Len (aka O.G. Len) is alive, he has released a solo album.|
|Mad Swans Bloods||Notes|
|Batman||Batman (aka Evil Bat) is alive, he's currently spending time in prison.|
|Dogg||Dogg (aka Suga Buga) is alive.|
|Pops||Pops is alive.|
Filmography and documentaries
- 2006: Rep Yo Set: The Movie
|1993||Bloods & Crips||"Bangin' On Wax"|
|Bloods & Crips||"Steady Dippin'"|
|Bloods & Crips||"Piru Love"|
|1994||Bloods & Crips||"G's & Loc's"|
|Bloods & Crips||"Wish You Were Here"|
|1995||Damu Rida's||"Damu Ride"|
|Nationwide RIP Ridaz||"Nationwide"|
- Exclusive interview with redruM781 RapTalk.net. 2008-04-11 Retrieved. 2008-04-11
- Bloods & Crips biography at Allmusic AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
- Bangin' on Wax at Billboard BillBoard.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved 2014-05-17
- Steady Dippin' by Bloods & Crips WhoSampled.com 2014-05-19 Retrieved. 2014-05-19
- Bloods & Crips at AllMusic AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
- Bustas' on Wax by Keke Loco UnitedGangs.com 2014-05-20 Retrieved. 2014-05-20
- CK: Feud with Lil Keke Loco UnitedGangs.com 2014-05-20 Retrieved. 2014-05-20
- "Concrete Love" by Gerald Hicks iTunes.com 2014-05-19 Retrieved. 2014-05-19
- $25,000 Reward Announced regarding B-Brazy's case CityOfInglewood.org 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
- Rep Yo Set: The Movie (2006) AllMovie.com 2014-05-18 Retrieved. 2014-05-18
- The Best of Ronnie Ron's Gansta-Lations AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
- Aspiring Rappers Eschew Gangs On 'Rep Yo Set' BillBoard.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
- Warlock Records & Dangerous Records official site.
- Bloods & Crips at Billboard.
- Bloods & Crips on iTunes
- Bloods & Crips at UnitedGangs.
- Bloods & Crips at AllMusic.
- Rep Yo Set: The Movie (2006) at AllMovie.
- Bloods & Crips at WhoSampled.
- Bloods & Crips discography at Discogs.
- Official Bangin' on Wax on Facebook.
- The new Dangerous/Rep Records on Facebook.
- The Underworld Connection (UWC) on Facebook.