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Boo Ya Tribe

Originally composed of six Samoan-descended brothers from Los Angeles, the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. offered a distinctly authentic brand of gangsta rap. Sons of a Baptist minister, the brothers Devoux -- lead rapper Paul aka Ganxsta Ridd, bandleader Ted aka the Godfather, Donald aka Don L, Roscoe aka Rosco, Danny aka O.M.B., and David aka E.K.A. -- grew up in a rough neighborhood, and were drawn into gang culture as a survival tactic, joining up with the Mob Piru Bloods. They all served prison sentences at one time or another on drug and/or weapons charges, but it wasn't until brother Robert Devoux was killed in a shooting that they determined to leave the lifestyle. Quitting cold turkey, all six brothers left Los Angeles and moved to Japan to live with their cousin, a sumo wrestler. There they formed a rap and dance troupe dubbed the Blue City Crew, and performed regularly to enthusiastic response from Japanese audiences.

Encouraged by their success, they returned to Los Angeles in 1988 and began working on original material, issuing a 12" single called "Coming Hard to America" later that year. They re-christened themselves the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., with the first part of their name taken from a slang term that mimicked the sound of a shotgun (prior to becoming a more general shout of exuberance); the last part, meanwhile, stood for "Too Rough International Boo-Yaa Empire." After a guest appearance on the Club Nouveau track "No Friend of Mine," the T.R.I.B.E. signed with Island's 4th & Broadway subsidiary, and released their debut album, New Funky Nation, in 1990. Earning positive attention for its use of live instrumentation, it spawned a minor hit single in "Psyko Funk," and climbed into the Top 40 of the R&B album chart. A second album, Good Times Bad Times, was recorded in 1992, and featured guest appearances by George Clinton, Ice Cube, and Living Colour; however, despite some well-received appearances on that summer's Lollapalooza tour, the record was never released. In 1993, they collaborated with Faith No More on "Another Body Murdered," one of the all-star metal/rap teamings on the Judgment Night soundtrack.

Signing with the smaller Bullet Proof label, the group issued two more albums, Doomsday and Occupation Hazardous, in 1994 and 1995, respectively. By this time, three members had adopted new aliases: Danny was Monsta O, Roscoe was Murder One, and Donald was Kobra Konvict (or just Kobra). Searching for a new musical direction, the T.R.I.B.E. formed their own Samoan Mafia label and tried their collective hand at rap-metal on 1997's Angry Samoans, albeit to little attention. Another effort, Mafia Lifestyle, appeared in 2000, with guest spots from Layzie Bone, Yukmouth, and Naughty by Nature's Treach, among others. By this time, David Devoux had left the group, and was replaced by Vincent Devoux aka Gawtti. Gawtti landed a small but memorable role in the 2003 film The Italian Job, and the T.R.I.B.E. further increased their visibility by snagging a rare guest appearance from Eminem on their subsequent album, West Koasta Nostra; it was released on Sarinjay and produced by Battlecat. Angry Samoans, an all-metal affair, was released three years later. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Don't mess with Samoans
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swan bloods 84 love
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Tell my homie Bosco I have his family his stuff back. Tell him to hit me up www.NghiaNgu y e n O n l i n e . c o m
If u his bro them your always welcome.
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wacy64
My RU's. Haaaa Represent that AMO GANGSTA n**ga.....PI R U L O V E BLOODS SPPadeYeeaaa a e e e e e 2 0 0 ( miss my n**ga YOUNGMAN) Keep On Strong Uso's
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Good song
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Malo uce' B.Y.T for life
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boooo ya tribe
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WXSTSIDX Wilmas
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I've always loved boo ya from high school in the 90's till currently right now still listening, love that r peeps made it big, SAMOANS FOR LIFE
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Long live slim marshal and em



Follow if u think em is the history maker
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Uso's doing it for the west coast spicks, n**gas and uso's running the west! Me I'll tell you west up i be dat northwest coast spick shaooowwww!
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Song is dope
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Best song by them!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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DATZ RITE! WE USE TO PARTY AT HORSES PAD IN KARSON! SHOOOOWOOO!
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Respect to these n**gas. Love Native Americans.
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eufeflores
Cool music..
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Follow and like if u thank hummerailaw needs a dictionary!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Repin the Samoans!!!!
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Hamo wit it
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Any1 w/neg cmnt... C green cuz uno u cnt evn look at the shoes they step in. Or evn come close.
Ya ..boo ya tribe
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I have heard of and know them and would love to see them out doing it up agian
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Chaaahoo! shout out to my people of Polynesian descent!
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shezydrop
way more flavor than m&m or skittles !
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Never heard of these cats before. Dope as hell! REAL Sh*t...
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xavier_delro s a r i o
hip hop is gonna stay 911......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . boy they raw!!!!!!
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these r the big homies they got that hard for your a** s**t don't sleep on these n**gaz
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never heard of these guys but jo they sound raw as hell
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srwilly
why do these mczs kick such a**? cause they just do
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sick song real rap
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asireal
They Rap like its Real! Like its been lived. It makes me move my body in every way! I like it like that...
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ewu253
I MET THEM IN CARSON.
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Fight music!!!!!
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Wheres the old skool s**t? I liked the older album from BooYa Tribe
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When I think of that true L.A. gansta rap this is one of the groups that come to mind!
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Samoan Pride!
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dis is gangsta
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they iight
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D.TOELUPE YOUR A DUMBASS I DONT KNOW IF ITS YOUR MOMAS DICK UP YOUR A** OR WHAT BUT YOU COULDNT WRITE A DECENT RYME IF YOUR LIFE DEPENTED ON IT DICK.
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Dumb a** allmusic i swear i could write better artist info. Still great cd.
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Lol. I don't think this dude has a clue. Dang what an idiot.
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Not indian dumbass. These guys are samoan. Even if they was indian that doesnt mean they own a casino idiot.
Still these guys rock.
Blessed be; Rock steady
AK
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they not fucken indian....nu k a h
junior boi wrote diz...kuz...
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there samoan not indian big difference
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much love homie these uso hit
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SOME SICK A** USO'S, MUCH LOVE FOE THESE USO'S

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