Gangsta Lean (song)

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"Gangsta Lean"
Single by DRS
from the album Gangsta Lean
Released September 1, 1993
Format CD single, 12", cassette single
Genre R&B
Length 5:35 (Album version)
4:00 (Radio edit)
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Chris Jackson
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
DRS singles chronology
"Gangsta Lean"
"Scoundrels Get Lonely"

"Gangsta Lean" is a song by American R&B group DRS, from their 1993 debut album Gangsta Lean.

It spent six weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[1] Its highest peak was on the New Zealand Singles Chart, where it spent three weeks at No. 1.

The song heavily references the phrase "gangsta lean", coined by American singer William DeVaughn and first heard on his 1974 song "Be Thankful for What You Got". Primarily, based on the terminology, it opens up with a dedication "to my homies" (an urban term for "friends"), who lost their lives in tragic situations related to inner city life.

The Gangsta Lean single was released under Hammer's talent company, Roll Wit It Entertainment.[2][3] A top selling song of the year at the time, "Gangsta Lean" has sold over 2.5 million copies with over 2 million views on YouTube.[4]

The song was sampled by Juelz Santana on the album From Me to U in the outro song "This Is For My Homies"


Chart (1993-1994) Peak
New Zealand Singles Chart[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales[6] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[6] 1
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[6] 2
End of year chart (1994) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 39

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 174. 
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  5. ^ "D.R.S. – Gangsta Lean". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  6. ^ a b c d Gangsta Lean at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Retrieved 2010-08-27.