Da Lench Mob

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Da Lench Mob
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresPolitical hip hop[1]
Years active1990–1995[1]
Associated acts
Past members
  • J-Dee
  • Maulkie
  • Shorty
  • T-Bone

Da Lench Mob was an American hip hop group from Los Angeles, California, United States, associated with Ice Cube.[2] The group consisted of rappers Shorty, T-Bone, J-Dee and Maulkie. Their Islamic and social politically inspired-lyrics garnered much attention.


The group made its debut on Ice Cube's first solo album, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. At that time, the name referred to all of the performers on the album (including Ice Cube), rather than the distinct group it would become.

With Ice Cube as its executive producer, Da Lench Mob released its debut album, Guerillas in tha Mist, in 1992.[2] At this time the group consisted of J-Dee, Shorty and T-Bone, who were also pictured on the album cover. The video for the album's lead single, also titled "Guerillas in tha Mist", became popular in the fall of 1992. The 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas featured "Guerillas in tha Mist", appearing on the fictional radio station Radio Los Santos.

A ticket from a 1993 Lench Mob concert in Omaha, Nebraska.

In 1993, J-Dee was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, and was dropped by Lench Mob Records.[2] He claims to be innocent.[3] Instead of disbanding, the group brought in a South Central Los Angeles-based rapper called Maulkie (former member of the Ruthless Records group Yomo & Maulkie) for its second album Planet of da Apes, released in 1994.[2] They broke up soon afterwards due to a rift over money and other differences.[4]

Shorty died on June 16, 2019.[citation needed]



Year Title Chart positions Certifications
Billboard 200[5] Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[6]
1992 Guerillas in tha Mist 24 4
1994 Planet of da Apes 81 14


Year Title Chart positions Album
Hot Rap Songs[8] UK Singles Chart[9]
1992 "Guerillas in tha Mist" (with Ice Cube) Guerillas in tha Mist
1993 "Freedom Got an A.K." (with Ice Cube) 7 51
"Ain't Got No Class" (with B-Real)
1994 "Chocolate City" Planet of da Apes
"Goin' Bananas / Cut Throats"


  1. ^ a b "Da Lench Mob". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  2. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 336. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  3. ^ "// J-Dee Interview (September 2006) // West Coast News Network //". Dubcnn.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  4. ^ "Da Lench Mob". Discogs. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  5. ^ "Da Lench Mob". Billboard 200. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Da Lench Mob Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Da Lench Mob Chart History". Hot Rap Songs. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "DA LENCH MOB | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 1, 2017.