If you are under 30 be sure to do a Google or Wikipedia search before you say something stupid that will get tomatoes thrown at you!!!!
CRACK HIT THE STREETS IN THE SUMMER OF 1985!!
Rap has always been really good at telling stories at street level about whats going on. like Chuck D said Rap is the "Ghetto CNN" so when Crack hit and things got really violent and crazy it didnt take rap long to respond and morph from mostly party records into really hardcore gangsta really quickly.
So what was the first GANGSTA RECORD? heres the choices!
WHO: SCHOOLY D SONG: PSK - What Does It Mean? YEAR: 1985 REGION: Philly PRODUCER: JB WEAVER Factoid: This beat was sampled for the "leave a message" intro on Mary J Blige debut album The 411
The lyrics are really simple but its the first time i can recall a Rap song talking about guns used in the 1st person narrative! WHO: EAZY - E SONG: BOYZ N DA HOOD YEAR: 1987 REGION: Compton, California PRODUCER: DR Dre Factoid: The lyrics were written by a 17 year old kid named ICE CUBE
if you are under 30 you probably only know BOYZ N The Hood as a Movie but this was the Hip Hop Classic that started the whole West Coast Gangsta movment! WHO: ICE-T SONG: 6 In The Mornin YEAR: 1986 REGION: Los Angeles, CA PRODUCER: The Unknown DJ Factoid: The Title and numerous Lyrics from this song are STILL quoted by west coast rappers to to this day!
A long time ago Ice T was relevant as a rapper before he was on all those CSI type shows playing a cop. dude is a real hustler WHO: BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS (KRS ONE and SCOTT LA ROCK) SONG: 9 MM Goes Bang YEAR: 1987 REGION: Bronx NY PRODUCER: Ghost Produced By CED GEE of Ultra Magnetic MC's Factoid: One of the first rap songs to weave in Jamacian Dancehall in Hip Hop
The whole CRIMINAL MINDED album was Gangsta after the death of DJ Scott Larock KRS - ONE morphed into a different sound of being the "Teacha"