Brownside

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Brownside
Origin South Los Angeles, California
Genres Hip hop, Gangsta rap, Chicano rap
Years active 1993 - present
Labels East Town Records (current) Ruthless Records, Relativity Records, Fellon Records, Triple X Records, PR Records (former)
Associated acts Eazy-E
Website brownside13.com
Members Wicked
Klever
Trouble (currently incarcerated)
Past members Danger (deceased)
Toker (deceased)

Brownside is a Chicano hip-hop group founded in 1993 by the late Eazy-E.[1] The group originally consisted of rappers Toker (Gilbert Izquierdo), Wicked (Pierre Lamas), and Danger (Carlos Martinez), who was shot dead in 1996 from a drive-by. Originally, Eazy-E' signed Brownside to Ruthless Records to create a Chicano version of the critically acclaimed rap group N.W.A. Toker had attended high school in Compton, California where he later met Eazy-E, and the two developed a great friendship until Eazy-E's death in 1995. Toker himself passed away eventually in October 2018; the cause of death is unknown.[2]

History[edit]

Brownside is a Mexican American gangster rap group founded in 1994 by the late Eazy-E. Eazy signed the group to his Ruthless records label seeking to create a Chicano version of the critically acclaimed rap group N.W.A. Brownside consisted of rappers Toker (Gilbert Izquierdo), Wicked (Pierre Lamas) and Danger (Carlos Martinez). Hit singles "Gang related" and "Eastside drama" garnered Brownside mainstream success making them pioneers of the Chicano gangster rap genre.

Eastside Drama[edit]

Their debut album, Eastside Drama, released early 1997, was recorded at the G-Spot Studio and featured a Chicano version of Eazy-E's Boyz n the Hood called Vatos 'N The Varrio. Brownside's main image was that they aren't 'rappers trying to be gangbangers', they are 'gangbangers trying to be rappers' Toker stated on a live interview with Julio G from radiostation KBRN. Their greatest hardship came in 1996 when member Danger was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in San Bernardino, CA. As a result of the shooting, Brownside's Toker and Wicked had to make their 1997 LP Eastside Drama without Danger. The first single from that LP was "Life On The Streets". The dedication song on the album entitled "Rest In Piece AKA Firme Memories", samples The Temprees's "Love (Between A Boy and Girl) Can Be So Wonderful".

Payback[edit]

In 1999, they released Payback which contains unreleased tracks and some remixes of their tracks from Eastside Drama.

The Takeover[edit]

In 2006, they released The Takeover which introduced a new member to Brownside, Trouble, whom Toker met while incarcerated.

Bangin' Story'z[edit]

In May 27, 2016 Brownside released 'Bangin' Story'z'. Which introduced a new member 'Klever' (Toker's younger Brother). Toker and Klever are the only members on Bangin' Story'z.

Discography[edit]

  • "Eastside Drama" 1997
  • "Payback" 1999
  • "Mr. Bald & Brown" (Wicked solo) 1999
  • "Wicked's Transa" (Wicked EP) 2002
  • "The Take Over" 2006
  • "One Out Of Many" (Wicked solo) 2006
  • "Trece Razones (13 Reasons)" 2008
  • "Bangin Story'z" 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Originators: Brownside Raises Hip-Hop Flag over Southern California".
  2. ^ "Gilbert 'Toker' Izquierdo of Eazy-E's Group Brownside Dies". The Boombox. Retrieved 2018-10-18.