Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

Biography

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is an American hip hop group from Carson, California, composed of the Devoux brothers Paul, Ted, Donald, Roscoe, Danny, and David. Their family is from American Samoa. They became popular after touring in Japan in the mid 1980s, where they were initially known as the "The Blue City Crew." The "Boo-Yaa" in their name signifies the sound of a shotgun being discharged, while the "T.R.I.B.E." stands for "Too Rough International Boo-Yaa Empire." According to hip-hop documentarians, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is "synonymous with hip hop in Los Angeles."

They first began playing music in their father's Baptist church. Before anyone else arrived, they would play P-Funk and experiment with other forms of hip hop. Particularly popular in their South Bay neighborhood, they began to dance to funk music. The brothers then created the dance crew the Blue City Strutters and publicly performed. All members are former members or members of West Side Piru and Samoan Warrior Bounty Hunters. Despite their religious upbringing, the brothers eventually fell into the gang scene popular in their home of Carson, California. After their youngest brother was killed in a gang-related shooting in 1987, they decided to turn their lives around and dedicate their lives to music because "that's what he would have wanted." To get away from the gang culture, the brothers decided to leave Los Angeles and go to Japan. While there, they were inspired to begin performing music again, with Paul "Gangxta R.I.D." rapping in front of eager Japanese audiences. They toured Japan in the mid 1980s and became popular. Upon their return to California in 1988, the group focused again on making music and re-christened themselves as the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

Their debut album, New Funky Nation, was different from most rap records at the time because the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. played live instruments on it. They have also recorded music in the rap metal genre, and Angry Samoans incorporated heavy metal influences. Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. appeared on the Judgment Night soundtrack performing "Another Body Murdered" with Faith No More, on Kid Frost's East Side Story LP, on The Transplants' Haunted Cities LP and on the rock group P.O.D.'s Testify, with the track "On the Grind." The group also had moderate success with their 1989 single release, "R.A.I.D."

Discography

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. ‎- New Funky Nation

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. ‎- New Funky Nation

4th & Broadway 1990
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - Doomsday

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - Doomsday

Bullet Proof Records 1994
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. ‎- Occupation Hazardous

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. ‎- Occupation Hazardous

Samoan Mafia Records, First Kut Music 1995
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - Metally Disturbed

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - Metally Disturbed

Bullet Proof Records 1996
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. ‎- Angry Samoans

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. ‎- Angry Samoans

First Kut Organization, Samoan Mafia Records 1997
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. ‎- Mafia Lifestyle

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. ‎- Mafia Lifestyle

S.M. Records 2000
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - West Koasta Nostra

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - West Koasta Nostra

Sarinjay Entertainment, Oglio Records 2003

Guest Appearances

Kid Frost - East Side Story
  • Penitentiary

Kid Frost - East Side Story

Virgin Records America, Inc. 1992
Chocolate - Life-N-A-Day
  • The Gaffle

Chocolate - Life-N-A-Day

Ghetto Life Records 1993
Riderlife - Neva Look Back
  • Ooh Wee!

Riderlife - Neva Look Back

Bay Rider Entertainment 2001
Transplants - Haunted Cities
  • What I Can't Describe

Transplants - Haunted Cities

La Salle Records 2005
P.O.D. - Testify
  • On The Grind

P.O.D. - Testify

Atlantic 2006
Shorty - Short Stories
  • Ghetto Treason

Shorty - Short Stories

Bow Tie Entertainment 2006

Compilations

South Central (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Rumors Of A Dead Man

Various - South Central (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Hollywood Basic 1992
Judgment Night (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Another Body Murdered

Various - Judgment Night (Music From The Motion Picture)

Immortal Records, Epic Soundtrax 1993
S.I. Riders
  • Outro

Various - S.I. Riders

Street Institute Records, Sage Stone Entertainment 1998
Held Up - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • 'Round There

Various - Held Up - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Spot Music Group, Inc. 2000
Various - True Crime: Streets Of L.A.
  • Legends

Various - True Crime: Streets Of L.A.

Koch Records 2003
One Million Strong Vol. 2: Love Peace & War
  • Say It Loud (L.A. United)

Various - One Million Strong Vol. 2: Love Peace & War

Bungalo Records 2005
Layzie Bone & Mo Thugs Presents 100% Pure Thug Tour
  • Head Knockers

Various - Layzie Bone & Mo Thugs Presents 100% Pure Thug Tour

X-Ray Records 2006
Various - Mo Thugs Presents Real WestCoast OG's
  • Headknoccas

Various - Mo Thugs Presents Real WestCoast OG's

Mo Thugs Records 2014
Various - Head Knocka
  • Head Knockas

Various - Head Knocka

Mo Thugs Records 2016