Capital Punishment Organization
|Capital Punishment Organization|
|Also known as||CPO|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||West Coast hip-hop, Gangsta rap, Hardcore rap|
|Labels||Delicious Vinyl Records
Death Row Records
|Associated acts||MC Ren
J. J. Fad
Capital Punishment Organization, most commonly referred to as CPO, was a gangster rap group which formed in 1989 and consisted of rapper Lil' Nation (Vince Edwards), DJ Train (Clarence Lars) and producer Young D. They released a single album in 1990, To Hell and Black, which included production from MC Ren of N.W.A. and distributed by Capitol Records. To Hell and Black peaked at 33 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Billboard charts.
DJ Train, who had worked with artists such as MC Ren and J. J. Fad, died of smoke inhalation in a house fire on July 26, 1994. DJ Train was most well known as J.J. Fad's DJ and appeared on their debut album "Supersonic" and sophomore release "Not Just a fad". He also worked with M.C. Ren and N.W.A.
Lil Nation has since began identifying himself as (Tha) Boss Hogg, or "CPO" in the singular form. CPO/Boss Hogg continues to make rap appearances, including the 1994 original soundtrack to Above the Rim, hyphy artist E-A-Ski on his 1998 album, and the 2000 self-titled album by Tha Eastsidaz.
- To Hell and Black (1990)
- Pareles, Jon. "Gangster Rap: Life and Music in the Combat Zone", The New York Times. October 7, 1990.
- To Hell and Black (1990) track list, Discogs.
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