Nearly 25 years ago to the date (May 31, 1990), Warner Bros. Records records released We’re All In The Same Gang by a collective called The West Coast All-Stars. Less than one year before the LAPD’s beating of Rodney King and subsequent acquittal and Los Angeles Riots, this compilation album was designed to increase peace in the streets, especially across gangs, neighborhoods, and color lines.
Artists including N.W.A., Ice-T, Digital Underground, King T, Above The Law, MC Hammer, Young MC, and Tone-Loc would appear on the compilation’s Grammy-nominated title track. The rest of the LP included emerging artists at the time, such as Juvenile Committee and South Central Posse. One hopeful rapper on the major label project was M.C. Supreme, who released video single “Black In America.”
Sadly, Supreme, born Dewayne Lawrence Coleman, died Saturday (June 13) in Malibu, California while sitting in a parked car with a passenger on the shoulder of the Pacific Coast Highway, when a moving vehicle struck his car —pushing his car off the road and onto a beach-side embankment.