MC Eiht
Compton's Most Wanted

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Compton's Most Wanted

MC Eiht (A.K.A. Tony Smallz) (Born Aaron Tyler on May 22, 1967 in Compton, CA)
Tha Chill (A.K.A. Chill & MC Chill) (Born Vernon Johnson in 1970 in Compton, CA)
DJ Slip (Born Terry K. Allen in 1972 in Inglewood, CA)
DJ Mike T (Born Mic Bryant in CA)

~Former Members:
Ant Capone (A.K.A. DJ Ant)
The Unknown DJ (Born Andre Manuel in Detroit, MI)

Members' Other Groups
Warzone:
Goldie Loc (Born Keiwan Deshawn Spillman, January 16, 1980 in Long Beach, CA)
MC Eiht (A.K.A. Tony Smallz) (Born Aaron Tyler on May 22, 1967 in Compton, CA)
Kam (Born Craig Miller, August 1971 in Los Angeles, CA)

See Also: MC Eiht Interview, Spice 1, Brotha Lynch Hung, Tha Eastsidaz, D.P.G./213, Westside Connection, The Comrads, AllFrumTha I & Road Dawgs

MC Eiht

Albums
MC Eiht Featuring CMW - Death Threatz
MC Eiht - Last Man Standing
MC Eiht - 'N My Neighborhood
MC Eiht - Tha8t'z Gangsta
MC Eiht - Underground Hero
Spice 1 And MC Eiht - The Pioneers
MC Eiht Presents Tony Smallz: Smoke In Tha City
MC Eiht - Veteran's Day
MC Eiht - Representin'
Brotha Lynch Hung And MC Eiht - The New Season
Spice 1 And MC Eiht - Keep It Gangsta
Compton's Most Wanted - It's A Compton Thang
Compton's Most Wanted - Straight Check 'N' 'Em
Compton's Most Wanted - Music To Driveby
Compton's Most Wanted - Represent
Tha Chill - The Wind Chill Factor
Tha Chill – Chillafornia EP

Singles
MC Eiht - U Know Why/It's Alright (Single)

Also Featured On...
A B C D F G H I L M N O P R S T W X Y

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The Agency Presents A Tribute To 2Pac - 2 Live And Die
AllFrumTha I - Uncut

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Beware Of Those
Big Hutch A.K.A. Cold 187um - Executive Decisions (Tha Chill)
BLACKJACK - Addicted To Drama
Blaq Poet - Tha Blaqprint
Boyz 'N The Hood

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C-Bo - Orca
Celly Cel - The G Filez (Tha Chill)
Celly Cel Presents...Live From The Ghetto
Celly Cel Presents The Wild West
The Comrads - Wake Up & Ball
Concrete Criminalz (Bigg Rocc & RBX) - Concrete Criminal Gang (Tha Chill)
Cypress Hill - Unreleased & Revamped (EP)
Cypress Hill - The Uprising Mixtape

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D.P.G. - Unreleased Collection Vol. 10
Daddy V - The Compton O.G.
Daz Dillinger - Retaliation, Revenge, And Get Back
Daz Dillinger - Who Ride Wit' Us: Tha Compalation Vol. 1
DFC - Things In Tha Hood
DJ Drank's Greatest Malt Liquor Hits
DJ Premier Presents Year Round Records: Get Used To Us
Tha Dogg Pound - D.P.G.C.'Ology (Tha Chill)
Dubb Union - Snoop Dogg Presents Dubb Union

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Foesum - Loyalty And Respect
40 Glocc & Spider Loc - Graveyard Shift

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Gang Tapes
Goldie Loc - Eastsideridaz

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Havikk & Hirntot Posse - Worldwide Cartel

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IV Life Records Bases Loaded Mixtape (Tha Chill)

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Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
Lil' ½ Dead - The Dead Has Arisen (Tha Chill)
Lil' ½ Dead - Steel On A Mission (Tha Chill)

M
Mack 10 - The Recipe
Masters Of The Game
MC Ren - Ruthless For Life
Menace II Society
Mitchy Slick - Killafornia Handgunner: XXL Guns Vol. 3 Mixtape
Mob Tales

N
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton 10th Anniversary
Napoleon Presents Loyalty Over Money
New Jersey Drive Vol. 1

O
O.G. Daddy V Presents Compton’s Finest Mixtape Volume 1
O.G. Daddy V - Compton 'N' Long Beach
O.G. Daddy V - The Original Hustla

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Palm Trees & Gangstas Vol. 1
Pomona City Rydaz - Walking Game (Tha Chill)

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R.B.L. Posse - An Eye For An Eye
R.B.L. Posse - Bootlegs & Bay Shit: The Résumé
RBX - The Shining (Tha Chill)
Redman - Funk From Hell
Rhyme & Reason
Road Dawgs - Don't Be Saprize
Pete Rock - Soul Survivor

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Scarface - My Best Work
September 7th - Western Hospitality
The Show
Snoop Dogg & Daddy V Present O.G. T.V. The Soundtrack (Tha Chill)
Snoop Dogg & Daddy V Present O.G. T.V. 2 The Soundtrack (MC Eiht & Tha Chill)
Snoop Dogg - Candy (Drippin' Like Water) (Vinyl Promo)
Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet Treatment Mixtape
Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
Snoop Dogg Presents The Big Squeeze
Snoop Dogg - Unreleased Heat Rocks
South Central Cartel - 'N Gatz We Truss
Spice 1 - 187 He Wrote
Spice 1 - 1990-Sick
Spice 1 - Hits
Straight Outta Cali

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Tales From The Hood
Thicker Than Water
Thug Radio Mixtape 14: Ridin'
Tray Deee - I Beez The Hardest (Tha Chill)
2Pac - Rare & Unreleased
2Pac - The Way He Wanted It Book 2
T.W.D.Y. - Lead The Way

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Westside Bad Boys: Bay 2 L.A.

X
Xzibit - MMX E.P.

Y
Yukmouth - United Ghettos Of America
Yukmouth - Million Dollar Mouthpiece

MC Eiht's Bio From AllMusic.Com
Veteran West Coast gangsta rapper MC Eiht dedicated much of his life to rap, beginning his seminal career with Compton's Most Wanted (CMW) while only a teenager. Despite his youth, Eiht's contributions helped catapult CMW to national fame in 1990 with It's A Compton Thang. The group followed the lead of fellow Compton gangsta rappers N.W.A., but were a bit less controversial and, in turn, much less popular. CMW released two more albums — Straight Check 'N' 'Em (1991) and Music To Driveby (1992) — before Eiht began his solo career in 1993 with the group's producer, DJ Slip, in tow and "Steiht Up Menace" as his solo debut single. His debut solo album, We Come Strapped, topped Billboard's R&B album chart a year later. Eiht's sales' numbers unfortunately went downhill from there, though he retained a cult audience over the years and remained loyal to longtime affiliates Slip and Mack 10.

Born Aaron Tyler in Los Angeles, Eiht began his career as part of CMW while still a teenager. After the song "Rhymes Too Funky" became a local hit, the group signed to Orpheus, who released three albums by the group: It's a Compton Thang (1990), Straight Check'n 'Em (1991), and Music to Driveby (1992). These albums offered several singles for the group, but none measured up to Eiht's solo debut, "Streiht Up Menace," in 1993. The Slip-produced ballad came from the Menace II Society soundtrack, a popular film Eiht had acted in. Following the success of this single, Eiht signed to Sony's Epic Street division and entered the studio with Slip to record his full-length solo debut We Come Strapped. Billed as "MC Eiht Featuring CMW," the album didn't really feature anyone from CMW except the rapper and producer. Nonetheless, the album debuted atop Billboard's R&B album chart despite lacking an omnipresent lead single and reached the Top Five of the pop album chart. The album also garnered headlines for featuring not one, but two parental advisory stickers (Sony claimed no responsibility for the lyrical content).

None of Eiht's successive albums were as successful as We Come Strapped, though some were arguably better. Following his initial success in 1994, the rapper returned in 1996 with Death Threatz and 1997 with Last Man Standing. Both albums featured production by Slip and were arguably better albums than Eiht's chart-topping debut, yet Epic remained unimpressed and parted ways with the Compton gangsta rapper. It didn't take long for Eiht to return, though. He signed to Mack 10's Priority-distributed Hoo Bangin' label and recorded Section 8 (1999), his most diverse album to date, if not his best. In successive years, Eiht recorded albums on an annual basis: "N" My Neighbohood (2000), Tha8t'z Gangsta (2001), and Underground Hero (2002), all but Tha8t'z Gangsta for Hoo Bangin'. None of these albums topped the charts, but Eiht continued to move his career forward. For instance, he appeared alongside Ice Cube and Mack 10 in the 1999 film Thicker Than Water and even reunited with Compton's Most Wanted in 2000 for Represent. - Jason Birchmeier

Compton's Most Wanted's Bio From AllMusic.Com
Though N.W.A. got most of the recognition, Compton's Most Wanted also did much to popularize and proliferate early-'90s West Coast gangsta rap. Led by future solo artist MC Eiht and legendary West Coast electro producer the Unknown DJ, this Compton, CA, group (also known as CMW) reveled in themes involving primarily guns, women, gangs, and drugs, setting the precedent for what would eventually become clichéd. More importantly, the group possessed a knack for writing laid-back gangsta ballads characterized not so much by aggression but rather by languid production laced with '70s soul motifs and reflective lyrics. CMW scored its breakthrough hit in 1991 with "Growin' Up in the Hood," which had been included on the popular Boyz 'N The Hood soundtrack. The song hit number one on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart the same week the soundtrack topped the R&B album charts. Shortly afterward, Eiht embarked on a solo career. Once his debut album, We Come Strapped (1994), debuted at number five on Billboard's charts, the rapper didn't look back, leaving his group behind for nearly a decade until they briefly reunited in the early 2000s for a comeback album and best-of collection.

Comprised of rappers Eiht and Chill MC, turntablist DJ Mike T, and producers DJ Slip and the Unknown DJ, CMW came together in 1989 and recorded a debut album, It's a Compton Thang (1990). The album was a landmark for its time, standing beside N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton (1988) as a genre-defining work. The following year they toured with fellow gangsta rappers the Geto Boys and recorded a follow-up album, Straight Check 'N' 'Em (1991), around the same time they were climbing the charts with "Growin' Up in the Hood," the lead single from their album that also had been included on the Boyz 'N The Hood soundtrack (1991). Riding atop the single's success, Straight Check 'N' 'Em peaked at number 26 on Billboard's R&B chart in September, signaling the group's closest brush yet with commercial success. The following year came Music to Driveby (1992), a fine album that, unfortunately, would signal the group's dissolution.

By this point, the rap community had elevated Eiht to superstar status, and his role as an actor in the film Menace II Society (1993) only solidified his status, along with his solo contribution to the chart-topping soundtrack. And once his solo album, We Come Strapped (1994), debuted in Billboard's Top Five, he didn't look back for several years, as he continued to release one album after another. By the end of the decade, though, West Coast gangsta rap had lost much of its popularity, and Eiht's solo career reflected this. Not surprisingly, he reunited with the former members of CMW (sans the Unknown DJ) to record their first album in years, Represent (2000), an album met with little fanfare. A retrospect best-of album, When We Wuz Bangin' (2001) followed, commemorating the group's ten-year anniversary. Eiht resumed his solo career thereafter. - Jason Birchmeier

Official Sites: MC Eiht's MySpace, Tha Chill's MySpace, DJ Slip's MySpace, DJ Mike T's MySpace & Warzone's MySpace

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