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Beginning with his 1993 debut, Gas Chamber, C-BO made it clear that he planned on surprising rap listeners with his controversial lyrics, which would eventually land him in jail. Of course, the hardcore Californian's steady rise towards continued popularity increased year by year, with an album being released nearly every year following his jaw-dropping debut. With album titles such as Autopsy and Tales From the Crypt, C-BO quickly attained a cult following, similar to the small legions of listeners swarming perverse rappers such as Esham, Brotha Lynch Hung, and Three Six Mafia. Yet as C-BO began to mature as an artist, he moved away from exploitative themes, though he still ranked among the West Coast's most extreme hardcore rappers. By the time his 1998 album, Till My Casket Drops, the Cali rapper found himself debuting at number 41 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, an amazing feat for such an underground rapper. In 2000 -- after oddly being jailed in 1998 for his lyrical content -- he released Enemy of the State on Warlock, continuing his climb to recognition.
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. He is currently signed to West Coast Mafia Records.
Jailing over lyrics
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. 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.C-Bo. Discogs. Retrieved on 2010-01-02. 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 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