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DJ Quik, Yo-Yo, Cold 187um & More Talk L.A.'s 1992 Civil Unrest
DJ Quik, Yo-Yo, Cold 187um & More Talk L.A.'s 1992 Civil Unrest

"Continuing its coverage and commemoration of the 1992 civil unrest, West Coast rappers and music veterans discussed the influence of gangsta rap on the 1992 civil unrest Wednesday, April 25 on KJLH-FM’s Front Page show. Show participants included Compton rapper DJ Quik, Blood & Crips Bangin on Wax album legend Big Wy, Grammy-nominated rapper and actress Yo-Yo, Above the Law’s Cold 187um aka Big Hutch, West Coast and Los Angeles hip-hop legend Medusa, and West Coast music historian Gregory Everett.

Pioneered in the mid-1980s by rappers such as Schoolly D and Ice-T, gangsta rap was popularized in the later part of the 1980s by groups like N.W.A. After the national attention that Ice-T and N.W.A attracted in the late 1980s and early 1990s, gangsta rap became the most commercially lucrative subgenre of hip-hop. The subject matter inherent in gangsta rap has caused a great deal of controversy. Criticism has come from both left wing and right wing commentators, and religious leaders, who have accused the genre of promoting crime, violence, profanity, racism, street gangs, drive-bys, vandalism, thievery, drug dealing, alcohol abuse, substance abuse and materialism.

Hosted by Dominique DiPrima, the Front Page is Los Angeles’ only daily talk radio show focused on African-American issues. The show can be heard on air in Los Angeles from 4:30AM until 6AM at 102.3 FM, online at, and downloaded later on iTunes after the broadcast. Today’s show was produced by veteran radio news journalist and producer Jasmyne Cannick."

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