Atban Klann

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A.T.B.A.N Klann
Also known asA Tribe Beyond a Nation
Tribal Nation
The A.T.B.A.N Klann
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresAlternative hip hop, jazz rap, experimental hip hop
Years active1992–1995[1]
LabelsRuthless Records, Relativity Records
SpinoffsBlack Eyed Peas
Past membersWill 1X
Mookie Mook
DJ Motiv8

A.T.B.A.N Klann (A Tribe Beyond a Nation) was a hip hop group whose members were Will 1X,, Mooky Mook, and DJ Motiv8. The Atban Klann were signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. Will 1X (who later changed his stage name to and were first signed by Eazy-E when they were in high school and would later become members of The Black Eyed Peas.[2]


The group was signed to Ruthless Records in 1992 and made their debut on Eazy-E's EP, 5150: Home 4 tha Sick on the track entitled "Merry Muthaphuckkin' Xmas". Soon after, the group recorded their debut album, Grass Roots which was to be released on October 6, 1994; however, the album was shelved shortly before its release, and Mookie Mook would leave in 1995. The duo would stay with Ruthless until they were dropped from the label after Eazy-E's death in 1995.[3] Will 1X would change his name to and the Atban Klann would add Taboo and later Fergie and become the Grammy award winning band, The Black Eyed Peas.[3]



  • 1994: Puddles Of H2O

Studio album[edit]

Grass Roots
Grass Roots (Atban Klann album) cover.jpg
Cover of the 2020 Back 2 Da Source release
Studio album by
Atban Klann
GenreHip hop
LabelRuthless, Relativity, Back 2 Da Source
ProducerDJ Motiv8, Will 1X
Singles from Grass Roots
  1. "Puddles of H2O"
    Released: 1994

Grass Roots was originally planned for release at the end of 1993[4] for Ruthless Records, distributed by Relativity Records; however, the album was put on hold. In 1994, the group released the first single from the album, "Puddles of H2O", as a CD single and promotional twelve-inch, with the B-side single "Let Me Get Down".[4] However, with the band being dropped from Ruthless in 1995 it was not released at that time. The songs from the album later leaked and a cover was made using a photo of and from the Bridging the Gap photo-shoot in 2000.[citation needed] It was then remastered and released properly for the first time on vinyl in 2020 by Back 2 Da Source Records, which sold out.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Open Your Mind"
  2. "Put On Your Adidas"
  3. "Goin for a Ride"
  4. "Mountain Top"
  5. "L.A. Borrio Woman Beater"
  6. "Lord of the Flies"
  7. "No Sequel"
  8. "Focus on You"
  9. "Quid Pro Quo"
  10. "World's Gone Mad"
  11. "Strollin"
  12. "This Is Dedicated"
  13. "Let Me Get Down"
  14. "Duet"
  15. "Puddles of H2O"
  16. "Rain on Me"
  17. "Eyougodah"


A.T.B.A.N. Klann
Featured Artists
  • Dante Santiago - vocals
  • Mr Shaw - vocals
  • Dandillion - vocals
  • Huck Finn - vocals
  • Longevity - vocals


  1. ^ Andy Kellman. "The Black Eyed Peas". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  2. ^ Feely, Peter (September 23, 2013). " – exclusive interview". Time Out Dubai. Retrieved 18 October 2013. Eazy E signed us [me and] back when I was in high school. We were in a group called Atban Klann and Eazy E signed us to his record label Ruthless Records. Eazy was an inspiration and an instrumental part of the beginning of my career.
  3. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "The Black Eyed Peas". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b Lowers, Erin (November 25, 2018). "The Black Eyed Peas' Journey from Conscious to the Charts". Exclaim!. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  5. ^ "The A.T.B.A.N. Klann - Grass Roots (Album, 2xLP Gatefold Edition + Insert) SOLD OUT".