Damu Ridas

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Damu Ridas
Also known as
*B-Brazy (deceased)
*Peanut 2 (deceased)
*Lil' Laniak 2 (deceased)
*Tip Toe (deceased)
*Pimp D
*Spyder (deceased)
*O.G Mad Eye (deceased)
*Big Hawk (deceased)
*Lil' Hawk
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Gangsta rap
G-funk
West Coast hip hop
Years active 1993–1999
Labels Dangerous Records
Pump Records
Associated acts Bloods & Crips, Nationwide Rip Ridaz, Young Soldierz

The Damu Ridas were an assortment of Bloods gang members from South Los Angeles who recorded the Bloods & Crips collaboration albums Bangin' on Wax and Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues. After Bangin' on Wax albums were made, the Bloods & Crips split up. The Bloods members formed the Damu Ridas, as well as the Crip members formed Nationwide Rip Ridaz. Most of the members are deceased. The group was mostly composed by gang-members from two gangs : the Denver Lane Gangsta Bloods and the Crenshaw Mafia. These two gangs are known to be really close, to the point that their alliance was called "Denver Mafia" or "Mafia Lane". Over 70 members of this alliance have been killed. RedRum781 is related to rapper Kurupt, though the two have a long time feud. During the Death Row days, RedRum781 signed to Death Row Records, the same label where Kurupt was in at the time.

Peanut 2, Lil' Laniak 2, Tip Toe, O.G Mad Eye and Big Hawk have been killed between 1995 and 1999. Spyder has been killed in 2000, and B-Brazy in 2003. Only two members of the Damu Ridas are still alive today : Pimp D and Lil' Hawk.

Members[edit]

  • B-Brazy (L.A Denver Lane Bloods) - Deceased. Was killed by a Mexican gang in 2003. He is the last of the Damu Ridas to have been killed.[1]
  • Peanut 2 aka KP (L.A Denver Lane Bloods) - Deceased. Has been killed by a Crip gang. His brother Peanut 1 has also been killed.[citation needed]
  • Lil' Laniak 2 (L.A Denver Lane Bloods) - Deceased. While he was with his kid, Laniak 2 was shot and killed by a Piru gang, the Campanella Park Pirus.[citation needed] His brother Big Laniak and his friends Kricket, Coco and Molintha were set up and killed in a drug deal. G-Len made a tribute to the Big Laniak in the song "For The Money" from his album Woop Woop.
  • Tip Toe (Crenshaw Mafia Gang) - Deceased. Tip Toe was a respected member of the 104th Street CMG. He was killed by a Piru gang, the Neighborhood Piru.
  • Pimp D (Crenshaw Mafia Gang) - Alive.[citation needed] Pimp D and Tip Toe had a similar voice, but they are not the same person. Confirmed by fellow Bloods & Crips member redruM781 to be alive, not deceased as he was long thought to be.
  • Spyder aka S.P. (Crenshaw Mafia Gang) - Deceased. Spyder, his real name Billy Hill, was another respected member of the 104th Street CMG. He was killed by a gang in 2000.[citation needed]
  • O.G Mad Eye (Crenshaw Mafia Gang) - Deceased. Mad Eye was one of the oldest Damu Ridas and was a respected O.G of the Crenshaw Mafia Gang. Big Mad Eye had only one brother, Lil' Mad Eye. They both had been killed.[citation needed]
  • Lil' Hawk (Crenshaw Mafia Gang) - Lil' Hawk is currently serving a 25 to life sentence. His little brother Tiny Hawk is also in jail. His brother Baby Hawk who appeared in the documentary Slob 187 Crab 187 was shot and killed at Pop Warner Game. His other brother Big Hawk is dead.[citation needed]
  • Big Hawk (Crenshaw Mafia Gang) - The older brother of Lil' Hawk. Has been killed.

Additional Members[edit]

  • Batman aka Evil Bat (Mad Swans Bloods) - Alive. Confirmed by fellow Bloods & Crips member redruM781 to be in Prison, not deceased as he was long thought to be.
  • Big Wy aka Red Rag (Crenshaw Mafia Gang) - Alive. Big Wy is still rapping.
  • Nini-X aka Bloody Mary (Avenue Piru Gang) - Deceased. Died in a motorcycle accident.
  • Dock-B (Inglewood Family Gangster Bloods) - Alive
  • Baby Popa Smurf (L.A Denver Lane Bloods) - Deceased
  • Dogg aka Suga Buga (Weirdos Bloods)- Alive
  • Eightball (L.A Denver Lane Bloods) - Alive.
  • G-Len aka O.G. Len (L.A Denver Lane Bloods) - Alive. In 1995, G-Len made a solo album named Woop Woop.
  • Green Eyez (Inglewood Family Gang) - Alive. He made a solo album.
  • June Dawg (L.A Denver Lane Bloods) - Alive. June Dawg is still rapping.
  • K-Low (Crenshaw Mafia Gang) - Deceased
  • G-Sexx (L.A Denver Lane Bloods) - Deceased
  • Mr. Dulo (L.A Denver Lane Bloods) - Deceased
  • Lil' G.Bone (Crenshaw Mafia Gang) - Unknown. G.Bone is from the 104th Street CMG.
  • Lil' Leak aka CK (Avenue Piru Gang) - Alive. Leak is the little brother of RedRum.
  • Lil' Stretch (Bounty Hunter Bloods) - Alive. Stretch now owns a motorcycle store.
  • O.G. (Unknown) - Deceased
  • Pops (Weirdo Bloods) - Deceased
  • RedRum 781 (Avenue Piru Gang) - Alive
  • TK 2 (Mafia Lanes) - Deceased
  • Yank (Bounty Hunter Bloods) - Deceased
  • TK 3 (Mafia Lanes) - Deceased

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[2]
Heatseekers Top R&B/Hip hop albums
1995 Damu Ridas #25 #40
1999 How Deep Is Your Hood - -

Collaboration with Nationwide Rip Ridaz[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[3]
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip hop albums
1993 Bangin' on Wax #86 -
1994 Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues #139 #20

Compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
1993 "Bangin' on Wax" Bangin' on Wax
"Piru Love"
"Steady Dippin'"
1994 "Gs & Locs" Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues
"Wish You Were Here"
1995 "Damu Ride" Damu Ridas
"True Flue Killer"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1995 "Damu Ride"
"True Flue Killer"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cloud, David. "The Rapper Deathstyle". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Albums chart positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Albums chart positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-31.