Bloods & Crips

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Bloods & Crips
Also known as Bloods And Crips, Crips & Bloods, Bloods & Crips
Origin Los Angeles County, California
Genres Gangsta rap, G-funk, West Coast hip hop
Years active 1993–2014
Labels Warlock Records (U.S.)
Dangerous Records (U.S.)
Associated acts Tweedy Bird Loc, RedRum 781, Ronnie Ron, Young Soldierz, DJ Battlecat
Members Damu Ridas (Bloods)
Nationwide Rip Ridaz (Crips)

Bloods & Crips was a gangsta rap group from Los Angeles County.

History[edit]

The success of N.W.A. had frustrated many in the gang community, who saw the group capitalizing on the gang lifestyle. The Bloods & Crips project was originally organized by rappers O.Y.G redruM781 and Tweedy Bird Loc.[1] Actual gang members, Crips from Compton, Watts and Long Beach, Bloods from Inglewood and Los Angeles auditioned for the group and the best ones were chosen for the album.[2] In 1993 the Bloods & Crips released their debut album entitled "Bangin' on Wax" for Warlock Records. One year later, the group's second and final studio album, "Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues" was released. After Bangin' on Wax 2, the Bloods & Crips parted ways, with the Bloods becoming the Damu Ridas and the Crips became the Nationwide Rip Ridaz.

1993: Bangin' on Wax[edit]

"Bangin' on Wax" was the first album by Bloods & Crips. The album was released in 1993 for Dangerous Records. Bangin' on Wax was a success, making it to #86 on the Billboard 200.[3] Four singles were released "Bangin' on Wax", "Piru Love", "Crip, Crip, Crip" and "Steady Dippin'". The album has sold over 500,000 copies, reaching Gold status. Music videos were made for "Bangin' on Wax", "Piru Love" and "Steady Dippin"'.

On the single "Piru Love", only a Crip sang the hook, it was Fo' Clips Eclipse. The next single, "Steady Dippin'", that was performed by Crips members Do Or Die (a.k.a. A-Love), Miss C-Note (a.k.a. Dannygirl), Sin Loc and Blue Ragg (a.k.a. The General), they emerged a group called the Underworld Connection (UWC). The Underworld Connection was formed in the early 1990s but was put on hold to do projects like Tweedy Bird Loc's "187 Ride By" and the controversial album "Bangin' On Wax". It was the first time since the 1990s the group has reconnected in the late 2000s. Also DJ Battlecat made a guest appearance in the Steady Dippin' music video as the event's DJ for the intro, the song was produced by him, along with QLuso and Ronnie Ron.[4]

1994: Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues[edit]

"Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues" was the second and last album by the Bloods & Crips. Music videos were made for the album singles "G's & Locs" and "Wish You Were Here". The album was recorded and released in 1994 for Dangerous Records, the album made it to #139 on the Billboard 200 and #20 for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[5]

Feud with Lil' Keke Loco[edit]

At the height of their success, the Bloods & Crips became a target for Lil' Keke Loco of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips and Niggaz Off The Streets (N.O.T.S.), another gangsta rap group. Keke Loco even dedicated a diss track called "Bustas' on Wax", which was a slander to the original album "Bangin On Wax" and took numerous shots at members of the Bloods & Crips including Bloody Mary, redruM 781, AWOL, Big Wy, Sin Loc, and many more. Criticizing them for collaborating with rival street gangs, Keke Loco considers the members from "Bangin' on Wax", a disgrace to all real Bloods and Crips. "Its disrespectful to all the fallen gang members who lost they life over colors, it’s like spitting on their graves", Loco said.

Lil' Leak, known as CK, was one of the main rappers from the Bloods & Crips, who retaliated with several verbal insults of his own. Lil' Leak and Damu Ridas also dedicated a whole verse on a song called "CK Ride" and "True Flue Killer" to insulting Keke Loco and his fellow N.O.T.S. (True Blue).

"I saw you wearing your dirty clothes to match your dirty hood[...]It's hell up in Harlem, like you say, yeah, the Brims and the 20s leaving niggas dead"

Lil' Leak's verse on "CK Ride". Full lyrics of Damu Ridas cover at Rap Genius

The "Dirty" is a derogatory term, and a reference to the Rollin 30′s Harlem Crips. Shortly after the album "Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues" was released, the Damu Ridas members from the album ran across Lil Keke Loco and buried the feud.[6][7]

Members[edit]

Crips Bloods
Nationwide Rip Ridaz Damu Ridas

Crips[edit]

Kelly Park Compton Crips Notes
Tweedy Bird Loc Tweedy (a.k.a. BK) has released two solo albums
Fo' Clips Eclipse Fo' Clips is deceased.[citation needed] He had released a solo album[citation needed]
AWOL AWOL is deceased[citation needed]
Crip Inch
Troll Loc Troll Loc is alive
K-Tone K-Tone's status is unknown
KeyLow G KeyLow G's status is unknown
Stonegone Stonegone's (a.k.a. The Little Man) status is unknown. He appeared on the first Bangin' On Wax on a couple of tracks such as "Crazy Lil' Nigga" & "K's Up"
Hun Locc Hun Locc's status is unknown. He appeared on the third verse of a song called "Niggaz Don't Want No Problem" on the Nationwide Rip Ridaz album
Crip Face Crip Face's status is unknown. He appeared on a chorus of the song called "Not the Nigga You Thought I Was" on the Bang'n on Wax: The Best of the Crips compilation album
PlayBoy Hustler Crips Notes
Trouble Loc Trouble Loc's status is unknown
Atlantic Drive Compton Crips Notes
G-Bone G-Bone (a.k.a. G-BIZO, Grown Folk) is alive, he has released a book and several music projects as a writer and musician.[8]
B.G. Scarface B.G. Scarface is deceased[citation needed]
Rider-J Rider-J's (a.k.a. Big Bun) status is unknown[citation needed]
Neighborhood Compton Crips Notes
Do or Die
Sin Loc Sin Loc (a.k.a. Hittman D, O.G. Sin Loc) has released two solo albums[citation needed]
Att Will Att Will has released a solo album[citation needed]. Deceased.
Blue Rag Blue Rag (a.k.a. Notorious Joe) is alive.
Watts Franklin Square Crips Notes
Big Freeze Big Freeze is deceased, he was shot and killed in a restaurant[citation needed]
Ice "Lil' Star" Onion
Six Pac Six Pac is alive
Keystone Keystone is alive[citation needed]
Koolay Koolay is alive[citation needed]
Baby Half Dead Baby Half Dead is alive[citation needed]
Half Dead Half Dead is deceased[citation needed]
Mac-11 Mac-11 is deceased[citation needed]
Teroma Teroma's status is unknown[citation needed]
Sinbad The Slayer Sinbad The Slayer's status is unknown[citation needed]
Young T-C Young T-C's status is unknown. He appeared on the second verse of a song called "Little Blue Devil" on the Nationwide Rip Ridaz album[citation needed]
Fudgetown Mafia Crips Notes
Broncoe Broncoe is alive
Rollin 20s Long Beach Crips Notes
Domino Domino (a.k.a. Genuine Draft) has released four solo albums[citation needed]
GDogg GDogg has even made an active online forum community for Crips[citation needed]
C-Note C-Note (a.k.a. Miss C-Note, Dannygyrl) is an active rapper[citation needed]
Long Beach Insane Crips Notes
Duv Mac Duv Mac (a.k.a. O.G. Duv Mac) has released several projects[citation needed]
Avalon Gangsta Crips Notes
Twin Loc Twin Loc (a.k.a. O.G. Cell-E-Cell) is known under rap moniker "G-Cell". He has released a solo album[citation needed]
Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips Notes
C-Rider C-Rider (a.k.a. Battlecat) is alive, currently producing music.

Bloods[edit]

Avenue Piru Gang Notes
O.Y.G Redrum 781 O.Y.G Redrum 781 he has released an album and several mixtape(s)[citation needed]
Lil' Leak Lil' Leak (a.k.a. CK) is the younger brother of Redrum 781[citation needed]
Bloody Mary Bloody Mary (a.k.a. Nini X) is deceased.[citation needed] She has released two solo albums, she died in a motorcycle accident in 2006[citation needed]
Bounty Hunter Bloods Notes
Lil' Stretch Lil' Stretch owns a motorcycle store[citation needed]
Yank Yank's (a.k.a. Gangsta Yank) status is unknown
Big Stretch Big Stretch's status is unknown, he is the older brother of Lil' Stretch[citation needed]
Crenshaw Mafia Gangster Bloods Notes
Big Wy Big Wy (a.k.a. Red Rag) he has released an album with the group Young Soldierz.[citation needed] Plus, he founded Cali Swag District[citation needed]
Lil' Hawk Lil' Hawk (A.K.A. Red Ridin' Hood) is serving a 25 to life sentence for a gang-related murder.[9]
Spyder Spyder (a.k.a. SP, G-Spyder) is deceased[citation needed]
Pimp D
Tip Toe Tip Toe is deceased.[citation needed] He was a member of the 104th Street CMG. He was killed by a Piru gang, the Neighborhood Pirus.[citation needed]
Big Mad Eye Big Mad Eye (a.k.a. O.G. Mad Eye) is deceased.[citation needed] He was one of the oldest Damu Ridas and was a respected O.G. of the Crenshaw Mafia Gang.
Baby Hawk Baby Hawk is deceased.[citation needed] He was the younger brother of Big Hawk and Lil' Hawk
K-Low
Lil' Mad Eye Lil' Mad Eye is deceased.[citation needed] He was the younger brother of Big Mad Eye
Big Hawk Big Hawk is deceased[citation needed]. He was older brother of Lil' Hawk and Baby Hawk
T-Kayduse
Lil' G-Bone
Inglewood Family Gangsta Bloods Notes
Dock-B
Green Eyez Green Eyez died May 11, 2015[citation needed]
L.A. Denver Lane Gangster Bloods Notes
B-Brazy B-Brazy is deceased. He was set up and killed by a Mexican gang. His case is still unsolved.[10]
Lil' Laniak 2 Lil' Laniak 2 is deceased, he was shot and killed by a Piru gang, the Campanella Park Pirus[citation needed]
Peanut 2 Peanut 2 is deceased, he has been killed by a gang.[citation needed] His brother O.G Peanut has also been killed
Eightball
June Dawg June Dawg is an active rapper[citation needed]
Mr. Dulo
G-Len G-Len (a.k.a. O.G. Len) has released a solo album[citation needed]
Mad Dog Mad Dog's status is unknown. He appeared on the second verse of a song called "All My Niggas" on the compilation album, The Best of Ronnie Ron's Gansta-Lations.
Mad Swans Bloods Notes
Batman Batman (a.k.a. Evil Bat) is currently in prison[citation needed]
Weirdos Gangster Bloods Notes
Dogg Dogg (a.k.a. Suga Buga) is currently making music as a solo artist and he also worked with Big Wy to form a duo called The Relativez.
Pops
Blood Stone Villains Notes
Geek Geek's (a.k.a. Captain Geek) status is unknown. Along with Noise they started as a production team called East Side Tag Team, the two helped produced music for the artists on Dangerous Records.[citation needed]
Noise Noise's (a.k.a. DJ Noise) status is unknown. Along with Geek they started as a production team called East Side Tag Team, the two helped produced music for the artists on Dangerous Records.[citation needed]
Gangsta Red Gangsta Red's status is unknown, he appeared on the Bangin' on Wax: Greatest Hits with the other members of Blood Stone Villains.[citation needed]
Fruit Town Brims Notes
Stretch Stretch (a.k.a. Big CK Stretch, Big Stretch not to be confused with the other Big Stretch from Bounty Hunters) is alive, appeared on the Bloody Mary compilation album, Day Of Resurrection along with few other members of Fruit Town Brims
Ms. Bonnie Ms. Bonnie status is unknown, appeared on the Bloody Mary compilation album, Day Of Resurrection along with few other members of Fruit Town Brims
Finders Finders status is unknown, appeared on the Bloody Mary compilation album, Day Of Resurrection along with few other members of Fruit Town Brims
Lady S. Lady S. status is unknown, appeared on the Bloody Mary compilation album, Day Of Resurrection along with few other members of Fruit Town Brims
Moe-B Moe-B status is unknown, appeared on the Bloody Mary compilation album, Day Of Resurrection along with few other members of Fruit Town Brims

Filmography and documentaries[edit]

  • 1995: Damu Ridas mini movie and Nationwide Rip Ridaz mini movie[citation needed]
  • 1997: Bullets Don't Have No Names (Re-released as Damu Ridas vs Nationwide Rip Ridaz in 2003)[citation needed]
  • 2003: From Bangin On Wax Comes The Best Of Ronnie Ron's Ultimate Video Collection[citation needed]
  • 2006: Rep Yo Set: The Movie[11]

Discography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Video
1993 Bloods & Crips "Bangin' On Wax"
Bloods & Crips "Steady Dippin'"
Bloods & Crips "Piru Love"
1994 Bloods & Crips "G's & Loc's"
Bloods & Crips "Wish You Were Here"
1995 Damu Rida's "Damu Ride"
Nationwide RIP Ridaz "Nationwide"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Exclusive interview with redruM781 RapTalk.net. 2008-04-11 Retrieved. 2008-04-11
  2. ^ Bloods & Crips biography at Allmusic AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
  3. ^ Bangin' on Wax at Billboard BillBoard.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved 2014-05-17
  4. ^ Steady Dippin' by Bloods & Crips WhoSampled.com 2014-05-19 Retrieved. 2014-05-19
  5. ^ Bloods & Crips at AllMusic AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
  6. ^ Bustas' on Wax by Keke Loco UnitedGangs.com 2014-05-20 Retrieved. 2014-05-20
  7. ^ CK: Feud with Lil Keke Loco UnitedGangs.com 2014-05-20 Retrieved. 2014-05-20
  8. ^ "Concrete Love" by Gerald Hicks iTunes.com 2014-05-19 Retrieved. 2014-05-19
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ $25,000 Reward Announced regarding B-Brazy's case CityOfInglewood.org 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
  11. ^ Rep Yo Set: The Movie (2006) AllMovie.com 2014-05-18 Retrieved. 2014-05-18
  12. ^ "Bloods & Crips - Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Bloods & Crips - Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  14. ^ The Best of Ronnie Ron's Gansta-Lations AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
  15. ^ Aspiring Rappers Eschew Gangs On 'Rep Yo Set' BillBoard.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17

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