Los Angeles’ rich history of gangster rap has evolved dramatically over the past 30+ years. The days of N.W.A. which in turn spawned Death Row, brought forth the legendary Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who launched the careers of The Game and many more. Fast forward to today and today’s Soundcloud DIY era of rap has given independent artists from all across the globe a chance to go viral with a quick upload. Artists like Shoreline Mafia, Stinc Team, and 03 Greedo have redefined the L.A. sound as gritty, drugged out, and energetic. Inglewood artist Rucci, who made a name for himself in 2018 with his debut project El Perro and South Central L.A. collective 1TakeBoyz (which includes 1Take Jay, 1Take Quan, and 1TakeTeey) who dropped Jay’s Wait Hol Up this year have joined forces to form The Winning Team.

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