Da Lench Mob
Da Lench Mob was a West Coast hip hop group associated with Ice Cube. The group consisted of rappers J-Dee, Shorty, T-Bone and Maulkie. Their Nation of Islam inspired-lyrics garnered much attention, subsequently leading to their controversial videos being banned from television networks. The group made its debut on Ice Cube's first solo album, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. At that time, the name referred to all of the performers on the album (including Ice Cube), rather than the distinct group it would become.
With Ice Cube as its executive producer, Da Lench Mob released its debut album, Guerillas in tha Mist, in 1992. At this time the group consisted of J-Dee, Shorty and T-Bone, who were also pictured on the album cover. The video for the album's lead single, also titled "Guerillas in tha Mist", became popular in the fall of 1992. In 1993, J-Dee was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, and was dropped by Lench Mob Records. He claims to be innocent. Instead of disbanding, the group brought in a South Central Los Angeles-based rapper called Maulkie (former member of the Ruthless Records group "Yomo & Maulkie") for its second album Planet of da Apes, released in 1994. They broke up soon afterwards due to a rift over money and other differences.