DJ Yella

DJ Yella

Biography

Antoine Carraby (born December 11, 1967), better known by his stage name DJ Yella, is an American DJ, music producer, and film director from Compton, California. He was a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru along with Dr. Dre. He later became a founding member of the pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A (composed of DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Arabian Prince, The D.O.C., Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E).

Along with Dre, Yella produced Eazy-E's debut album Eazy-Duz-It and all three N.W.A albums, translating into millions of sales. He co-produced the platinum-selling debut albums of J.J. Fad and Michel'le with Dre and contributed to The D.O.C.'s 1989 album No One Can Do It Better (also produced by Dre). Jerry Heller witnessed Dre and Yella's work together and wrote in 2006 of an almost eerie understanding between the pair, as they crafted high quality beats and productions with almost no words or full sentences needing to be spoken.

Yella remained close to Eazy and stayed on production duties at Ruthless Records after the acrimonious break up of N.W.A. He produced J.J. Fad's second album Not Just a Fad (1990), Yomo & Maulkie's album Are U Xperienced? (1991), two tracks from Eazy-E's It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa (1993), the gold-selling hit single Foe tha Love of $ from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Creepin on ah Come Up E.P., Menajahtwa's album Cha-licious, and tracks from H.W.A.'s Az Much Ass Azz U Want E.P. (all three from 1994), and oversaw Eazy's final album in 1995 after his sudden AIDS-related death. He was the only N.W.A member to attend Eazy's funeral.

Yella released his 1996 debut solo album 'One Mo Nigga ta Go' on Street Life Records, featuring members of the Ruthless 'family tree' like Kokane, B.G. Knocc Out, & Dresta, rhyming over his productions.

As of November 26, 2011, Yella has returned to the music industry and is currently finishing a new album, entitled West Coastin', which was expected to be released in the summer of 2012.

Discography

Yella - One Mo Nigga Ta Go

Yella - One Mo Nigga Ta Go

Street Life Records 1996

Production

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It
  • All Tracks

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It

Ruthless Records, Priority Records 1988
Coming To America (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Comin' Correct

Various - Coming To America (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

ATCO Records 1988
J.J. Fad - Supersonic
  • All Tracks

J.J. Fad - Supersonic

Ruthless Records 1988
N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
  • All Tracks

N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton

Ruthless Records, Priority Records 1988
N.W.A - 100 Miles And Runnin'
  • All Tracks

N.W.A - 100 Miles And Runnin'

Ruthless Records, Priority Records 1988
Yomo & Maulkie - Are U Xperienced
  • All Tracks

Yomo & Maulkie - Are U Xperienced?

Ruthless Records, Atlantic 1991
N.W.A - Efil4zaggin
  • All Tracks

N.W.A - Efil4zaggin

Ruthless Records, Priority Records 1991
Eazy-E - It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa
  • Still A Nigga

Eazy-E - It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa

Ruthless Records, Relativity 1993
HWA - Az Much Ass Azz U Want
  • High Timez

HWA - Az Much Ass Azz U Want

Ruthless Records, Relativity 1994
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Creepin On Ah Come Up
  • Foe Tha Love Of $

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Creepin On Ah Come Up

Ruthless Records 1994
Menajahtwa - Cha-Licious
  • All Tracks

Menajahtwa - Cha-Licious

Ruthless Records 1994
Eazy-E - Eternal E
  • Boyz-N-The-Hood (Remix)

Eazy-E - Eternal E

Priority Records 1995
Yella - One Mo Nigga Ta Go
  • All Tracks

Yella - One Mo Nigga Ta Go

Street Life Records 1996
N.W.A - Greatest Hits
  • Real Niggaz Don't Die

N.W.A - Greatest Hits

Priority Records, Ruthless Records 1996
Eazy-E - Str8 Off Tha Streetz Of Muthaphukkin Compton
  • Gangsta Beat 4 Tha Street

Eazy-E - Str8 Off Tha Streetz Of Muthaphukkin Compton

Ruthless Records 1996
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute
  • Compton's N The House (Live)

N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton (10th Anniversary Tribute)

Priority Records 1998
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Collection (Volume One)
  • Foe Tha Love Of $

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Collection (Volume One)

Ruthless Records 1998
Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary Compilation: Decade Of Game
  • Dopeman (Remix)

Various - Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary Compilation: Decade Of Game

Ruthless Records 1998
Music From And Inspired By The Film Beef
  • Fuck Tha Police

Various - Music From And Inspired By The Film Beef

Strange Music 2002
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits
  • Foe Tha Live Of $

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits

Ruthless Records 2004
The Best Of N.W.A "The Strength Of Street Knowledge"
  • Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A - The Best Of N.W.A "The Strength Of Street Knowledge"

Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI 2006
Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E
  • We Want Eazy

Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E

Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI 2007
N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition)
  • All Tracks

N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition)

Ruthless Records, Priority Records 2007
N.W.A. And Their Family Tree
  • Straight Outta Compton

Various - N.W.A And Their Family Tree

Priority Records, EMI 2008
Snoop Dogg Presents The West Coast Blueprint
  • Alwayz Into Somethin'

Various - Snoop Dogg Presents The West Coast Blueprint

Priority Records 2010