Westside Connection

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Westside Connection
From left to right: WC, Ice Cube, Mack 10 in 2003
From left to right: WC, Ice Cube, Mack 10 in 2003
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active1995–2005[1][2]
Labels
Associated acts
Past members

Westside Connection was an American hip-hop supergroup formed by Mack 10, WC and Ice Cube. The group's debut album, Bow Down, reached the number 2 position on the Billboard 200 in 1996, going platinum that year.

Biography[edit]

Westside Connection began performing together in 1994, appearing on Mack 10's self-titled debut album, Mack 10, on the song "Westside Slaughterhouse". A few months later, the group again joined forces, this time appearing on WC's album, Curb Servin', on the song "West Up!". It was around this time the group began work on their debut album, Bow Down, which was released October 22, 1996.

Individually, Mack 10, WC and Ice Cube continued working on solo projects in between group albums. Together, as Westside Connection, they produced several songs released on film soundtracks and compilations including "Bangin'" (from West Coast Bad Boyz II), "Let It Reign" (from Thicker than Water) and "It's the Holidaze" (from Friday After Next).

On December 9, 2003 the group released their second album Terrorist Threats, hallmarked by the lead single "Gangsta Nation" produced by Fredwreck and featuring Nate Dogg.

Mack 10 quit the group in 2005 due to a conflict with Ice Cube, and Westside Connection subsequently disbanded.[3] However, Ice Cube and WC continued to collaborate, having since appeared on each other's albums.

In 2008, HipHopDX reported that Ice Cube and WC were planning to relaunch the Westside Connection project with The Game being proposed as Mack 10's replacement (having appeared with WC on Ice Cube's album Raw Footage that same year), however the rumored relaunch never came to fruition.[4] In an interview with VladTV in 2020, Mack 10 commented in retrospect that any reunion without his involvement would still require his being paid, as he owns the trademark on the group's name due to their second album being released through his record label.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[6]
US R&B
CAN
[7]
Bow Down
  • Released: October 22, 1996
  • Label: Priority
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
2 1 45
  • US: 1,700,000
Terrorist Threats 16 3
  • US: 679,000

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Year
The Best of Westside Connection: The Gangsta, The Killa & The Dope Dealer
  • Released: November 30, 2007
  • Label: Priority
  • Format: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"Bow Down" 1996 21 19 1 Bow Down
"Gangstas Make the World Go Round" 40 30 10
"It's The Holidaze" 2002 Friday After Next
"Gangsta Nation" 2003 33 22 9 Terrorist Threats
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with other performing artists and selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"Irresistible"[11]
(Mariah Carey featuring Westside Connection)
2002 16 - - Charmbracelet
Promotional singles[edit]
List of promotional singles as featured artist, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Whatcha Gonna Do (Remix)"[12]
(Jayo Felony featuring Redman, Mack 10 and WC)
1998 Non-album single

Guest Appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with all performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other Performer(s) Group performers Album
"Bangin'"[13] 1997 Master P Mack 10, WC, Ice Cube West Coast Bad Boyz II
"Westside Connect OG's"[14] The Comrads, Allfrumtha I Mack 10, WC, Ice Cube The Comrads
"Maniac in the Brainiac"[15] 1998 None Ice Cube, Mack 10 Bulworth soundtrack
"Dopest on da Planet"[16] Squeak Ru Mack 10, Ice Cube Allfrumtha I
"My Hoodlums & My Thugz"[17] E-40 WC, Mack 10 The Element of Surprise
"Freestyle"[18] Funkmaster Flex Ice Cube, Mack 10 The Mix Tape, Vol. 3: 60 Minutes of Funk (The Final Chapter)
"Murderfest '99"[19] 1999 Road Dawgs, MC Eiht, Boo Kapone, Boobie Mack 10, Ice Cube Don't Be Saprize
"You Ain't Know"[19] Road Dawgs, Young Pretty, Q.S. Bandit Ice Cube, Mack 10
"III tha Hood Way"[20] MC Eiht Ice Cube, Mack 10 Section 8
"Callin' All Hogs"[21] 2000 Boo Kapone Mack 10, WC None

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bush. "Westside Connection". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  2. ^ Jake Paine (2019-04-23). "Mack 10 Is Releasing His 1st Album In 10 Years & It Has His Old Sound (Video)". Ambrosia For Heads. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  3. ^ "Mack 10 interview". AllHipHop.com. November 10, 2005. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  4. ^ https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.7316/title.dx-clusive-the-game-to-replace-mack-10-in-westside-connection-comeback
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVbbd6ovxxU&t=3427
  6. ^ "Westside Connection Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Westside Connection". Recording Industry Association of America. January 10, 1997. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Canadian certifications – Westside Connection". Music Canada. March 31, 1997. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Westside Connection". Recording Industry Association of America. January 12, 2004. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Irresistible - Mariah Carey". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  12. ^ "Whatcha Gonna Do (Remix) - Jayo Felony". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  13. ^ "West Coast Bad Boyz II - Master P". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  14. ^ "The Comrads - The Comrads". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  15. ^ "Bulworth (soundtrack)". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  16. ^ "Allfrumtha I - Allfrumtha I". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  17. ^ "The Element of Surprise - E-40". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  18. ^ "The Mix Tape, Vol. 3: 60 Minutes of Funk (The Final Chapter) - Funkmaster Flex". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  19. ^ a b "Don't Be Saprize - Road Dawgs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  20. ^ "Charmbracelet Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  21. ^ "Reflection of Reality - Boo Kapone". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-10-22.