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MC Eiht: Still Most Wanted!
Story and Interview By Matthew Shack
@shackster21 

 

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Since 1987, Compton’s Most Wanted (CMW) frontman, MC Eiht has repped the West Coast to the fullest.

 

His stage name was partly inspired by the numeral in KRS-ONE’s moniker. The Tragniew Park Compton Crips affiliate chose ‘Eiht’ for its connections to "the hood ", as in 8Ball and .38 caliber weapons. 


CMW’s 1992 LP, Music to Driveby is seen by critics as one of the classic Gangsta rap albums from the golden age of hip-hop.


From that grown street credibility, Eiht landed the role of A-Wax in the hit film, Menace II Society directed by the
Hughes Brothers.


The narrative single, "Streiht up Menace" from the film's soundtrack is widely considered to be his
magnum opus and put his solo career into motion.

 


Montell Jordan's
"Falling" from his sophomore album, "More..." (1996) sampled "Streiht up Menace" as did "Rapfilm" by Kool Savas (2009).

 

  

In October 2012, MC Eiht was featured on the song "m.A.A.d. city" by Kendrick Lamar off his major label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.

 


The Flow Online’s
Matthew Shack chop it up backstage at KDAY’s Krush Groove about the legacy of his career and Olympic swimmer/reality star Ryan Lochte’s pending copyright of his catchphrase, "Jeah!"

 

**MC Eiht voice** "GEAH!"

 

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TFO:  Where do you think the legacy of Compton’s Most Wanted is? In our opinion, we think that you’re one of the most underrated rap groups of all time. Give us an idea of where you think you guys should be ranked.


MC Eiht:
On that note, I don’t really get all into that. That’s politics. I got fans, people like our music, people like where we stand for and what we do. As far as recognition, I just leave it up to people who judge and who the critics are.  I know how many records I’ve sold. I know where I’ve been, the shows I’ve produced, the cats I’ve messed with so that’s really what it’s about to me. To have that respect of the industry, cats in the industry and just fans in general. Because you have a lot of media cats who judge and say who should be number one or number two, and then you have egos and attitudes.  I don’t want to play into that. I know what type of music we’re known for and what we can do. So when it starts getting down to ‘statistic and mystics’ and all that? I just forget about it… GEAH!

 

TFO:  I’m glad you just said, GEAH! I want to ask you about this Ryan Lochte thing. We understand that hip-hop has went commercial and everything. But when it comes to the point where they’re not paying homage to where it’s coming from, what's your opinion and what’s the status on all that stuff?


MC Eiht:
Man, really? Man… this cat… I had words with his people and whatever. They're like, he said “He never heard of me.” He said, “He’s been using it for a couple of years, now.”  But if the cat would have done his homework, he would have seen that I’ve been using ‘GEAH’ and saying it in albums, it’s been written in lyrics and [copyrighted] in all that. So if he really would have paid attention and did his homework and not try to capitalize off of some fame or whatever, I believe he would’ve respected what it is. But, I guess when he feels that he is more superior to me because he won a gold medal.


TFO:
  But you have a gold medal in the streets though.


MC Eiht:
I have gold albums. So whatever you want to compare [it to]. He’s an American hero, patriot or whatever…  I’m American, too. I keep it hood with mine though, I’m from Compton. But, cats are gonna do what they wanna do to capitalize, when have they not?


TFO:
Any legalities or anything? Are you going to take it to the higher court?


MC Eiht:
I’ve been on that. But, like I said, I play my thing. I say my ‘GEAH’. He uses his with a ‘J’, I use mine with a ‘G’ and we’re going to see what it do.

 

 

((( MC Eiht MP3 Audio Interview Below )))

 

 

 

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