Original Gangstas

Original Gangstas

The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap

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In the late 1980s the emergence of a new genre, gangsta rap, shifted the epicenter of hip-hop from New York to Los Angeles. Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and abusive policing, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos. Led by a drug dealer, a glammed-up turntable prodigy, and a high school kid, N.W.A. gave voice to disenfranchised African Americans, and their music would dominate inner-city and suburban stereos alike. Their names remain as popular as ever: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Award-winning journalist Ben Westhoff shows how N.W.A.'s shocking success led to rivalries among members; backlash from the FBI, politicians, and police; and eventually an all-out war between East and West Coast rappers. When Dre left Eazy's Ruthless Records to join forces with Suge Knight, they created a new label, Death Row, whose unorthodox, aggressive practices would loom over the music industry, while catapulting talented young MCs like Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur into superstardom. Based on five years of research and reporting, "Original Gangstas" includes revelations about seminal events, including the death of Eazy-E from AIDS, Suge Knight's ascent at Death Row, and the secret meeting---in an upstate New York prison---between Knight and Shakur that led to the feud between East Coast and West Coast camps. A gangsta rap's peak, this rivalry culminated in the still-unsolved murders of Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., leaving the surviving artists to forge peace before the genre annihilated itself. Packed with insights from original interviews with Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Snoop Dogg, The D.O.C., Mopreme Shakur, Michel'le, Ict-T, and more than 100 others---including rappers, girlfriends, family members, and industry professionals---"Original Gangstas" is a monumental work of music history.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2016
ISBN: 9780316383899
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 West
Characteristics: viii, 422 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Original gangsters


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