So, you’ve seen “Straight Outta Compton,” or heard about it, but you are still missing the FULL story on West Coast Hip-Hop. And you can’t get the full story without going through the Godfather, Alonzo aka “Lonzo” Williams. Lonzo is the founder of World Class Wreckin’ Cru, one of the first West Coast rap groups to be on a major tour.
Not Without Alonzo
Members included Dr. Dre, who Lonzo happened upon when he let Dre into his club one night and he made his way up to the DJ Booth. Lonzo, a club promoter then and now, saw that there was something special and made Dre part of World Class. Among World Class’ hits was the classic record “Before You Turn Off the Lights.” Alsoincluded in World Class was DJ Yella, who went on with Dre to be a part of NWA, andMichel’le, who ultimately had her own solo career, often produced by Dre. Lonzo founded Kru Cut records, whose acts included World Class, Dre, DJ Yella, and a (then) signed a 15 year old Ice Cube.
He was also the person an aspiring rap entrepreneur named Eric “Eazy-E” Wright consulted about starting his own label; he put Eazy and Jerry Heller together. Lonzo will tell the full story of how the West really began to be won. He will tell you old stories about individuals that came to be Hip-Hop Icons and cross over into great success in other areas (Ice Cube, Dr. Dre). He will let you know that parts of the story that Straight Outta Compton didn’t include, and let you know where Hip Hop is going just by breaking down where it’s truly been like only he can.