5 Important Pre-Straight Outta Compton West Coast Figures

Before N.W.A. took the nation by storm and shook up the industry, there was an active Hip Hop scene on the West Coast. As early as 1965, the Watts Prophets fused Jazz and Spoken Word to create music similar to the Last Poets and Gil Scott Heron. As Hip Hop made its way to the West Coast, DJ, dance, and graffiti crews quickly formed and much like New York, the DJs were the main attraction.

The first crew to gain a momentum was L.A.’s Uncle Jamm’s Army, named after Funkadelic’s 1979 album, Uncle Jamm Wants You. Their all star lineup…



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