Who Killed It?: West Coast All Stars – ‘We’re All in the Same Gang’
Welcome to Who Killed It?, our monthly column where we rank the verses on classic posse cuts from worst to first and determine which rapper(s) had the best one. For our latest go-round, we take a look at the pivotal west coast posse cut “We're All in the Same Gang” from the 1990 West Coast Rap All Stars Crew, which featured a few of the more notable names on the left side of the map. Comprised of rap stars MC Ren, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E of N.W.A., Ice-T, Tone-Loc, MC Hammer, Digital Underground, Young MC, King Tee, Above The Law, JJ. Fad, Def Jef, Body & Soul, and Oaktown 3.5.7., the West Coast Rap All Stars were created to provide an anthem speaking out against the overwhelming amount of gang-violence in California, which was spiraling out of control at the time.
Spearheaded by high-ranking gang member Micheal Concepcion, who executive produced the project, the West Coast Rap All Stars would follow the east coast's lead. A handful of New York's top rappers joined forces as the Stop the Violence Movement and released their own socially conscious call for peace, "Self-Destruction," two years prior. "We're All in the Same Gang" featured the West Coast Rap All Stars teaming up for a positive cause and what would become a No. 1 rap single and earn a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, in 1991.
Produced by Dr. Dre, "We're All in the Same Gang," would prove to be a historic record for west coast rap and is still cited as one of the more important songs the genre has ever produced. More than 25 years later, we broke down this essential release to determine which rapper in this stacked lineup walked away with the top bragging rights.