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Background information
Birth nameShawn Thomas
Born1971-1972 [1]
Waco, Texas, U.S.
OriginMeadowview, Sacramento, California, U.S.[2][3]
GenresGangsta rap
  • Rapper
  • record producer
Years active1991–present
WebsiteC-Bo on Instagram

Shawn Thomas, better known by his stage name C-Bo, is an American rapper.

C-Bo, notoriously known for his relationship with law enforcement, was one of the first rappers to be jailed due to his lyrical content, a scathing critique of political officials, including governor Pete Wilson, California's Prop. 184 three-strikes law, and police on his track "Deadly Game" written with rapper X-Raided in 1995.[4][5] He unsuccessfully argued for appeal three times, while gaining nationwide attention for arguably his most successful mainstream album.[6] Although some charges were dropped as it was viewed as a violation of his First Amendment rights,[7] he was arrested in California in 1998, under the suspicion that his violent rap lyrics violated his parole.[8] He rapped his court statement to the presiding judge, in Ohio, who gave C-Bo probation on the condition that he also rap in a Public Service Announcement.[9]

He also notably appeared in the California Love music video.[1]

Early life[edit]

Thomas was raised in a single family home amongst three brothers and five sisters,[2] during that time he became a member in the Garden Blocc Crips.[10][11]

Legal issues[edit]

Since the age of 10 Thomas spent nearly half of his life in and out of incarceration,[12] entering the criminal justice system at age 14, being arrested 40-50 times spending time at Soledad State Prison, Folsom State Prison, and Deuel Vocational Institution.[1][13]

During a 1993 music video shoot, Thomas fired a shot in the air to get people's attention and stop a potential gang situation. Instead it made matters worse, confusing the crowd and causing more shots to ring off. His friend King Miller was killed at age 23 during the act.[2][4]

In a 1996 incident Thomas was sentenced to 15 months in jail. A firearm used by him caused a death of one man during a rival gang confrontation.[14]

In March 1998 he was sentenced to two more months in prison in Sacramento, after testing positive for marijuana which violated the terms of his probation.[15]

In August 2017 during the filming of a music video. A shootout occurred leaving 1 dead and 4 injured. This came after rapper Mozzy and Thomas had exchanged diss tracks during the same month.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Thomas is married with 3 children,[14][2] he enjoys skiing, camping and fishing.[11]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions

Gas Chamber 1993 53
Tales from the Crypt 1995 99 4
One Life 2 Live 1997 65 12
Til My Casket Drops 1998 41 4
The Final Chapter 1999 81 20
Enemy of the State 2000 91 24
Life as a Rider 2002 41
Desert Eagle
The Mobfather 2003 199 37
Money to Burn 2006 71
Cali Connection 2012
The Mobfather II 2015
The Problem 2017
Animal 2019

Collaboration albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of C-Bo (1995)
  • C-Bo's Best Appearances '91-'99 (2001)
  • West Coast Mafia (2002)
  • West Side Ryders (2003)
  • C-Bo's Lost Sessions (2004)
  • West Side Ryders II (2005)
  • Best of the Girth (2005)
  • The Greatest Hits (2005)
  • West Side Ryders III (2007)
  • West Coast Classics (2007)
  • C-Bo's Bulletproof (2007)
  • West Side Ryders IV: World Wide Mob (2008)
  • West Side Ryders V (2011)
  • C-Bo Trilogy (2012)
  • OG Chronicles (2014)
  • Mobfather: The John Gotti Pack (2018)


  • Underground & Unreleased with West Coast Mafia Gang (2004)
  • West Coast Durty with Lil' Flip (2004)
  • The Money to Burn Mixtape (2006)
  • Cashville Takeover with Cashville Records (2009)
  • West Coast Mafia Music (2010)
  • I Am Gangsta Rap (2013)

Extended plays[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions

The Autopsy 1994 22


  • "Trapped" with Brit on the Beat (2023)
  • "OT Trips" with Brit on the Beat (2022)
  • "The Hustler" (2022)
  • "Mo Money" (2022)
  • "Lets' Ride" with Kafeeno (2022)

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Smokin' Da Bomb" 1994 Marvaless, Rup Dog Ghetto Blues
"Can't Stand the Heat" Marvaless
"Hard Core" 1995 Marvaless, Pizzo Just Marvaless
"That's How We Break Bread" TRU True
"Tradin' War Stories" 1996 2Pac, Outlawz All Eyez on Me
"Ain't Hard 2 Find" 2Pac, B-Legit, D-Shot, E-40
"Code Red" Marv Mitch & LeMay Livin In Tha Strange
"See the Light" Marvaless Wiccked
"Gotta Buy Your Dope from Us" B-Legit, Little Bruce The Hemp Museum
"Niggaz Get They Wig Split" B-Legit, Celly Cel
"Major Factorz" 1997 JT the Bigga Figga, Young Meek Game Tight
"The Funk Is On" Lunasicc, Marvaless Mr. Lunasicc
"It's on, on Sight" 1998 E-40 The Element of Surprise
"Ride" Celly Cel The G Filez
"Deadly Weapon" Marvaless Fearless
"Mafia Niggaz" Marvaless, Steady Mobb'n
"Over Drive" Lunasicc, 151, Killa Tay, Mob Figaz A Million Words, a Million Dollars
"Big Dawgs" Killa Tay, J-Dubb, O-Fed Mr. Mafioso
"Thug Money" Guce If It Ain't Real, It Ain't Official
"Mob" 1999 Kokane They Call Me Mr. Kane
"Armaggedon" Mob Figaz C-Bo's Mob Figaz
"Mafioso Type"
"No Money" Mob Figaz, Huccabucc, Kaos
"Prepare to Die" Mob Figaz, Huccabucc, Young Meek
"Thug World" Mob Figaz, Spice 1
"Cause I Can" E-40, Jayo Felony Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire
"Flossed Out" Mike Mosley, Emidy, Official London Breezy, Will Platinum Plaques
"Kaviealstars" 3X Krazy, Otis & Shug Immortalized
"Thug Disease" South Central Cartel, Spice 1 Concrete Jungle Vol. 1
"The World Keeps Turnin'" Pizzo Heater Calhoun
"Straight G'z"
"Hard Ball?" 2000 Killa Tay Snake Eyes
"The Murda Show"
"Whoo Ride" Thug Thisle
"One Luv" Spice 1 The Last Dance
"Ride 4 Me" Spice 1, Rod-Dee The Playa Rich Project
"Block Monsters" Mac Mall, JT the Bigga Figga Beware of Those
"Do It Right" 2001 Yukmouth, Phats Bossi Thug Lord: The New Testament
"Smile" Yukmouth, CJ Mac
"Paper Made" Big Hollis Knocks 2001
"I'm a Boss" Daz Dillinger, JT the Bigga Figga, Yukmouth, Dru Down Game for Sale
"Crippin'" Daz Dillinger Who Ride wit Us: Tha Compalation, Vol. 1
"Blaze Up the City" 2002 10sion, I.V.A.N. The Terrible, Outlawz 10sion
"What!" Messy Marv Turf Politics
"Fuck You" Luniz Silver & Black
"Smack Yo Self" Young Noble, Hellraza Street Warz
"Deadly Game" X-Raided Deadly Game
"Thug Lordz" 2003 Yukmouth Godzilla
"Nothing Over My G'z" JT the Bigga Figga, Killa Tay Game Tight Vol. 2
"Countin' Money" JT the Bigga Figga, Killa Tay, Mac Mall, Marvaless, Pizzo
"Can We Ball?" JT the Bigga Figga, Killa Tay
"Can U Deal With This?" 2004 Big Lurch, Killa Tay It's All Bad
"Sav Boyz" San Quinn, Killa Tay I Give You My Word
"American Me" Yukmouth, Chino Nino, Young Noble United Ghettos of America Vol. 2
"The Slide Show" Yukmouth, Nate, Richie Rich
"United Ghettos of America part 2" Yukmouth, 151, Dru Down, Eastwood, Roscoe, Spice 1, Tha Realest
"Big Boy" 2005 J-Flo, Yukmouth Sick Sick Em
"Leave the Ridin' to Us" Spice 1, Yukmouth The Truth
"Ghetto Slums" JT the Bigga Figga, Phats Bossi Neighborhood Supastarz
"Gangstas' & Ballas" 2007 Young Bleed Once Upon a Time in Amedica
"West Side" 2008 Yukmouth, Glasses Malone Million Dollar Mouthpiece
"Thuggin Till I Die" Outlawz We Want In: The Street LP
"Grown Ass Man" 2009 Tha Realest Witness Tha Realest
"Stay on It" Yukmouth The West Coast Don
"Fast Quarter" 2011 E-40, Yukmouth Revenue Retrievin': Graveyard Shift
"On My Side" The Jacka, Smigg Dirtee Flight Risk
"Like Us" Pimp C, Smoke D, Vicious Still Pimping
"Hittin' a Lick" 2012 E-40, T-Nutty The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 2
"Blowin on Jamaica" Yukmouth, Young Noble Half Baked
"Put Da Clip In" 2013 Young Noble, Young Buck Outlaw Nation Vol. 2
"Salute the West" Westcoast Stone, Killa Tay, Kokane, Wratchet Wrico Salute The West
"Real 1's" Sean T, Meccah Dawn
"Choppa on Deck" 2014 Yukmouth, Young Buck GAS (Grow & Sale)
"Real Life" Philthy Rich, M Dot 80 A~1 Since Day One
"Life of a Rider" 2015 Lil Mo, Beast, Matt Black
"Made a Man of Me" EDIDON, June Summers, Nutt-So The Hope Dealer, Pt. 1


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