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Birth name Shawn Thomas
Born January 14, 1972 (1972-01-14) (age 44)
Waco, Texas
Origin Sacramento, California
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1991–present
Labels West Coast Mafia (2005-present), Cashville (2007-present)
Associated acts Killa Tay, Spice 1, Big Lurch, Young Buck, Brotha Lynch Hung, X-Raided, Yukmouth, Outlawz, Thug Lordz, The Regime, Luniz, AP.9
Website C-Bo on Twitter

Shawn Thomas (born January 14, 1972), better known by his stage name C-Bo, is an American rapper. From Sacramento, California, he is currently signed to West Coast Mafia Records. He was one of the first rappers to be jailed due to his lyrical content.


He was born in Waco, TX but raised in the Gardens area around Florin Rd and 29th St, a known Crip gang area that's known locally as the 29th St. Garden Blocc Crips, a gang from Southern Sacramento, California. He mentions the gang numerous times in his music. He has sold over 3.5 million albums independently since 1993.[citation needed] He is currently signed to West Coast Mafia Records.[1]

Jailing over lyrics[edit]

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 and police on his track "Deadly Game", and unsuccessfully argued for appeal 3 times, while gaining nationwide attention for arguably his most successful mainstream album.[2] He was arrested in California in 1998, under the suspicion that his violent rap lyrics violated his parole. He then in Ohio, rapped his court statement to the presiding judge, who gave C-Bo probation on the condition that he also rap in a Public Service Announcement.[3]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[4]
U.S. U.S. R&B
1993 Gas Chamber - 53
1995 Tales from the Crypt 99 4
1997 One Life 2 Live 65 12
1998 Til My Casket Drops 41 4
1999 The Final Chapter 81 20
2000 Enemy of the State 91 24
2002 Life as a Rider - 41
2002 Desert Eagle - -
2003 The Mobfather 199 37
2006 Money to Burn - 71
2012 Cali Connection - -
2012 Orca - -
2015 The Mobfather II - -


With Thug Lordz[edit]


Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
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, 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"


  1. ^ C-Bo. Discogs. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  2. ^ Rapper C-BO Jailed For Lyrics. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1426820/rapper-c-bo-jailed-lyrics.jhtml, Viacom International Inc., Retrieved 07-27-2013
  3. ^ C-BO Raps His Way Out Of Legal Trouble. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1426817/c-bo-raps-his-way-out-legal-trouble.jhtml, Viacom International Inc., Retrieved on 07-27-2013
  4. ^ allmusic ((( C-Bo > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.