We continue our talk with CJ, president of Wrongkind Records. In part 2, CJ runs through San Diego rap music history from Gangsta Ern to Filtered Souls. Then we shift gears, speaking on the gang injunction and its relationship to the recent spate of violence in Southeast San Diego.
SDRaps.com: Let me go back. You said you used to work at Fam Mart. You probably know tons of San Diego rap history.
CJ: And another thing: I know whose CD’s really sell and whose don’t. [laughs]
SDRaps.com: I don’t even know where to start. I wanna ask you who has been hot every year since–
CJ: The first three rappers that I could really say in the early ’90s that had city-wide recognition: Big June from Skyline, Green Eyes from Lincoln Park, and Gangsta Ern from the Brims. Gangsta Ern by far was the city superstar. He was HUGE!
SDRaps.com: This was way back.
CJ: This was ’91, ’92. These dudes go back to ’91, ’92.
SDRaps.com: They were first rappers with city-wide recognition–
CJ: –that put out CD’s. You know, because there were dudes that rapped that didn’t have a CD out. When Gangsta Ern had a CD out and he was a superstar, people knew Black Mikey could rap. And you heard Black Mikey rap but you heard Black Mikey rap in person. He might be at the playground in Bay Vista, there might be 40 people around him listening to him freestyle. You knew Damu could rap. But they just didn’t have records out yet. But yeah, those were the first three that really had a song that people knew throughout the city. Gangsta Ern had a song where, when you threw it on at a party, the party went HAM. The party would explode when you put that on. Read more of this post