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
Associated actsEazy-E
Blood of Abraham
The Black Eyed Peas
Past membersWill 1X
Mookie Mook (1992-1995)
DJ Motiv8
Dante Santiago (1993-1995)

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 group worked with various artists on their album including Dante Santiago, Mr. Shaw, and Dandelion. 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
Studio album by
Atban Klann
ReleasedOctober 6, 1994 (planned but never released)
GenreHip hop
LabelRuthless, Relativity
ProducerDJ Motiv8, Will 1X, Madness 4 Real
Singles from Grass Roots
  1. "Puddles of H2O"
    Released: 1994

Grass Roots was planned to be released on October 6, 1994, for Ruthless Records, distributed by Relativity Records and featured production from the mentor of Will 1X who is DJ Motiv8; however, the album was put on hold. Two years later, the group released the first single from the album, "Puddles of H2O", but the album was still not released.[citation needed] 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. It was then remastered and released properly for the first time on vinyl in 2020, which sold out.[4] This was the only album Atban Klann recorded under that name, as they were dropped from Ruthless in 1995. However, three years later the group, now known as Black Eyed Peas, would release Behind the Front.

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. ^