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|Origin||Carson, California, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, G-funk, rap metal, funk metal|
|Labels||4th & B'way/Island, Samoan Mafia, Hollywood BASIC|
|Members||Vincent "Gawtti" Devoux|
Donald "Kobra" Devoux
Danny "Monsta O" Devoux
Roscoe "Murder One" Devoux
|Past members||Ted "Godfather" Devoux (deceased)|
Paul "Ganxsta Ridd" Devoux (deceased)
David "E.K.A." Devoux
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is an American hip hop band from Carson, California, consisting of the American Samoa Devoux brothers Paul (died 2020), Ted (died 2018), Donald, Roscoe, Danny, David and Vincent. It is noted for its use of a live band, utilizing funk and metal influences, and gangsta rap lyricism.
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. became popular after touring in Japan in the mid 1980s, where they were initially known as the "Blue City Crew." The "Boo-Yaa" in their name signifies the sound of a shotgun being discharged, while the "T.R.I.B.E." stands for "Too Rough International Boo-Yaa Empire." According to hip-hop documentarians, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is "synonymous with hip hop in Los Angeles."
They first began playing music in their father's A.O.G. “Assembly of God” church. Before anyone else arrived, they would play P-Funk and experiment with other forms of hip hop. Particularly popular in their South Bay neighborhood, they began to dance to funk music. The brothers then created the dance crew the Blue City Strutters and publicly performed. All members are former members or members of West Side Piru and Samoan Warrior Bounty Hunters. Despite their religious upbringing, the brothers eventually fell into the gang scene popular in their home of Carson, California. After their youngest brother was killed in a gang-related shooting in 1987, they decided to turn their lives around and dedicate their lives to music because "that's what he would have wanted." To get away from the gang culture, the brothers decided to leave Los Angeles and go to Japan. While there, they were inspired to begin performing music again, with Paul "Gangxta R.I.D." rapping in front of eager Japanese audiences. They toured Japan in the mid 1980s and became popular. Upon their return to California in 1988, the group focused again on making music and re-christened themselves as the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.
Their debut album, New Funky Nation, was different from most rap records at the time because the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. played live instruments on it. They have also recorded music in the rap metal genre, and Angry Samoans incorporated heavy metal influences.
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. appeared on the Judgment Night soundtrack performing "Another Body Murdered" with Faith No More, on Kid Frost's East Side Story LP, on The Transplants' Haunted Cities LP and on the rock group P.O.D.'s Testify, with the track "On the Grind." The group also had moderate success with their 1989 single release, "R.A.I.D.". In 1993 they appeared on E.Y.C.'s track 'Get Some' which was released as a single in the U.S. and appeared on their debut album Express Yourself Clearly internationally.
The Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. has also proven to be influential for other Samoan hip hop artists. Kosmo, an important Samoan hip-hop artist in New Zealand, cites the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. as "an original inspiration for his lifelong interest in street dance and...hip hop music." Additionally, as Samoans are often seen as a diasporic group spread out among various locations, the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. have been successfully able to reconcile their roles as Samoans and Americans while still traveling and achieving success in Japan and other countries. The group's 1997 album, Angry Samoans, hints at the connection to their Samoan heritage, as they are often identified with the California hip hop scene.
The four brothers began their musical careers on a small scale performing instrumentals at their father's Baptist church. While on their own, they would practice funk hits from the American band Parliament-Funkadelic. The Brothers got their start through professional dance then later found their way into making the music to which they enjoyed dancing. In 2000 David Devoux left and was replaced by Vincent Devoux aka Gawtti. When Donald and Vincent were young, they were in an episode of Fame.
|New Funky Nation
|West Koasta Nostra
|Business As Usual
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US R&B HipHop
|1988||"Coming Hard To America"||—||—||—||—||single only|
|1989||"R.A.I.D."||—||18||—||93||New Funky Nation|
|"Walk The Line" (US only)||—||—||—||—|
|1992||"Rumors Of A Dead Man" (US only)||—||—||—||—||South Central OST|
|1993||"Another Body Murdered" (with Faith No More)||—||41||—||26||Judgment Night OST|
|1994||"Get Gatted On"||—||—||—||—||Doomsday|
|"Death Row California"||—||—||—||—|
|1997||"Skared For Lyfe"||—||—||—||—||Angry Samoans|
|2003||"Bang On"||—||—||—||—||West Koasta Nostra|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.|
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