Day 52, the day the sun actually made an appearance here in Buffalo. I don’t know what the temperature was, but it was certainly warmer with the “yellow ball of fire” visibly hanging in the sky. On this wonderful day we found ourselves watching a movie called  the Gridiron Gang. It was a very touching production, not in the sense of a “chick-flick,” but touching in the sense of how one man touches and positively changes the lives of penitentiary youth through the comradery of organized football. As these young offenders were all Gang related and their incidents were of a very criminally violent nature, it made me start to think about anti-violent, anti-gang themed songs. Of course I had to relate it to the Grammy’s!! So, the video above is from 1989, the FIRST All-Star East Coast posse-cut that I know of that delivered a Stop the Violence message in the music. It was the “Who’s Who” of NYC Hip Hop at the time, boasting an unbelievable cast. One of my all-time favorite songs!

However, it wasn’t until the following year, 1990, that the West Coast All-Stars, an ensemble of West Coast rappers created a song in the likes of KRS-One’s “Self-Destruction” song (above) that the Hip Hop was once again given the opportunity of being recognized by the Recording Academy. “We’re All in the Same Gang,” was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group at the 32nd Grammy Awards of 1991. There was definitely a need for an anti-gang song in the West Coast given the Bloods and Crips phenomenon that was spreading out that way, but, I guess they also didn’t read the “No Biting Aloud” sign on the door. Props to KRS!!

The West Coast All-Stars below:


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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