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Given the infamous violent reputation of rival Los Angeles gangs the Bloods and the Crips, it seems impossible that the two could collaborate on a music project, but that's exactly what the Bloods & Crips did on Bangin on Wax in 1993, organized by Los Angeles area producer Ron "Ronnie Ron" Phillips and rapper Tweedy Bird Loc. The success of N.W.A. had frustrated many in the gang community, who saw the group capitalizing on the gang lifestyle. Actual gang members and local rappers auditioned in an open tryout, with the best talents from both gangs being chosen to record. Some of the names to make the cut were Red-Rum-781, Sin Loc, Blue Ragg, Red Rag, Bloody Mary, and Lil' Stretch. Bangin on Wax was recorded in only two weeks and became an underground hit, selling over 400,000 copies and producing the popular single Piru Love. A second Bloods & Crips album, The Saga Continues, came out in 1994, but was the last time the two gangs would collaborate. However, it was not the last of either the Bloods or Crips as artists. Ronnie Ron continues to issue albums from gang members on his Dangerous Records imprint under the names Nationwide Rip Ridaz (Crips) and Damu Ridaz (Bloods). Some of the MCs on Bangin on Wax went on to record as the Young Soldierz, and Domino, who went under the name Genuine Draft, had a hit pop-rap single in 1994 with Sweet Potatoe Pie.
Bloods & Crips was a musical collaboration Hip hop group between members of the Bloods and Crips gangs formed by Tweedy Bird Loc, O.Y.G Redrum 781 and Ronnie Ron. They released the album "Bangin' on Wax" in 1993.
The success of N.W.A. had frustrated many in the gang community, who saw the group capitalizing on the gang lifestyle. The Bloods & Crips project was originally organized by rappers O.Y.G redruM781 and Tweedy Bird Loc. Actual gang members, Crips from Compton, Watts and Long Beach, Bloods from Inglewood and Los Angeles auditioned for the group and the best ones were chosen for the album. In 1993 the Bloods & Crips released their debut album entitled "Bangin' on Wax" for Warlock Records. One year later, the groups second and final studio album, "Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues" was released. After Bangin' on Wax 2, the Bloods & Crips parted ways, with the Bloods becoming the Damu Ridas and the Crips became the Nationwide Rip Ridaz. The Bloods and Crips members, from the albums were frauded out because of music royalties by Russ Regan and his wife and Adam Levy, soon Morris Levy and lawyer Steven Lowy gave the record deal to Ronnie Ron.
The idea behind the albums was to get the gang members to bang (slang for fight) on wax (i.e., record) and not in the streets. Each record consisted of a 'B' side and a 'C' side. The 'B' side consisted of Bloods and the 'C' side consisted of Crips. The songs "Bangin On Wax", "G's & Loc's" and "I Wish You Were Here" were the only songs where the Bloods & Crips rapped together in the original albums. Most of the songs were written and recorded in the same studio session. The producer, Ronnie Ron passed away after a heart-attack in 2003. Tweedy Bird Loc was the last person to have a close connection with Ron, he is currently working on the next Bloods & Crips album, which it's expected to be released soon directly from him.Exclusive interview with redruM781 RapTalk.net. 2008-04-11 Retrieved. 2008-04-11 Bloods & Crips biography at Allmusic AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17
1993: Bangin' on Wax
"Bangin' on Wax" was the first album by Bloods & Crips. The album was released in 1993 for Dangerous Records. Bangin' on Wax was a success, making it to #86 on the Billboard 200. Four singles were released "Bangin' on Wax", "Piru Love", "Crip, Crip, Crip" and "Steady Dippin'". The album has sold over 500,000 copies, reaching Gold status. Music videos were made for "Bangin' on Wax", "Piru Love" and "Steady Dippin"'.
On the single "Piru Love", only a Crip sang the hook, it was Fo' Clips Eclipse.
The next single, "Steady Dippin'", that was performed by Crips members Do Or Die (aka A-Love), Miss C-Note (aka Dannygirl), Sin Loc and Blue Ragg (aka The General), they emerged a group called the Underworld Connection (UWC). The Underworld Connection was formed in the early 1990s but was put on hold to do projects like Tweedy Bird Loc's "187 Ride By" and the controversial album "Bangin' On Wax". It was the first time since the 1990s the group has reconnected in the late 2000s. Also DJ Battlecat made a guest appearance in the Steady Dippin' music video as the event's DJ for the intro, the song was produced by him, along with QLuso and Ronnie Ron.Bangin' on Wax at Billboard BillBoard.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved 2014-05-17 Steady Dippin' by Bloods & Crips WhoSampled.com 2014-05-19 Retrieved. 2014-05-19
1994: Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues
"Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues" was the second and last album by the Bloods & Crips. Music videos were made for the album singles "G's & Locs" and "Wish You Were Here". The album was recorded and released in 1994 for Dangerous Records, the album made it to #139 on the Billboard 200 and #20 for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Feud with Lil' Keke Loco
At the height of their success, the Bloods & Crips became a target for Lil' Keke Loco of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips and Niggaz Off The Streets (N.O.T.S.), another a gangsta rap group. Keke Loco even dedicated a diss track called "Bustas' on Wax", which was a slander to the original album "Bangin On Wax" and took numerous shots at members of the Bloods & Crips including Bloody Mary, redruM 781, AWOL, Big Wy, Sin Loc, and many more. Criticizing them for collaborating with rival street gangs, Keke Loco considers the members from "Bangin' on Wax", a disgrace to all real Bloods and Crips. "Its disrespectful to all the fallen gang members who lost they life over colors, it’s like spitting on their graves", Loco said.
Lil' Leak, known as CK, was one of the main rappers from the Bloods & Crips, who retaliated back with several verbal insult's of his own. Lil' Leak and Damu Ridas also dedicated a whole verse on a song called "CK Ride" and "True Flue Killer" to insulting Keke Loco and his fellow N.O.T.S. (True Blue).
"I saw you wearing your dirty clothes to match your dirty hood.."Lil' Leak's verse on "CK Ride". Full lyrics of Damu Ridas cover at Rap Genius
The "Dirty" is a derogatory term, and a reference to the Rollin 30′s Harlem Crips. Shortly after the album "Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues" was released, the Damu Ridas members from the album ran across Lil Keke Loco and buried the feud.Bloods & Crips at AllMusic AllMusic.com 2014-05-17 Retrieved. 2014-05-17 Bustas' on Wax by Keke Loco UnitedGangs.com 2014-05-20 Retrieved. 2014-05-20 CK: Feud with Lil Keke Loco UnitedGangs.com 2014-05-20 Retrieved. 2014-05-20