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Whatever Happened To N.W.A’s Posse?

A very interesting and great read, written by Martin Cizmar, featured on L.A. Weekly, published on May 6, 2010.
Martin Cizmar is the music editor at Phoenix New Times.
Thanks to philaflava forum member Dan for revealing us this amazing article.
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Whatever Happened To N.W.A’s Posse?
The cover of the 1987 album N.W.A and the Posse does not look like something released by one of the most important rap groups of all time. Actually, just looking at the photo, who would believe that some of the guys in this alleyway would change the course of popular music forever less than a year after the flashbulb popped? Who would guess these men were capable of creating their own genre of music, putting their fingerprints on nearly every hip-hop song written in the past 20 years? In fact, this picture is a perfect snapshot of one of the most important scenes in the history of popular music. Stare for a moment and you can see a myth about to be born. That myth, gangsta rap, enabled four guys in this picture — Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and Eazy-E — to titillate and terrify America as Compton-based rap group Niggaz With Attitude. The mythical power of N.W.A certainly doesn’t come from the clock necklaces, the running pants or the Jheri curls. Look to the left, at the bottles of malt liquor, the plain jeans and the black ball caps. Those props (and that’s the right word) hint at what’s going on here, which is the gestation of gangsta rap.

Anyone who knows anything about rap can pick out at least two guys in this photo: Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. If you’re into the old school, you can probably identify four of the dozen, adding MC Ren and Eazy-E. A true N.W.A fan could pick out Arabian Prince, who is standing next to Cube.
Pretty much no one not in the photo — not even the most hard-core hip-hop heads — can ID the rest of the posse pictured, other than maybe giving a 20-year-old street name. Until now, that is.
It took a lot of work, but we’ve tracked down all 12 guys from the Posse record cover. Some of these guys are on Hollywood’s A-list, others drive trucks, but they were all once part of the same posse.
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Thank you Martin Cizmar for this great retrospective.
–Markshot

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