Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. Tuesday: Ten Videos from Carson's Finest

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Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM

On this, the 22nd anniversary of their creation, let's give another little holler at Carson's finest, the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., a five-member Samoan-American rap posse spawned in 1988. They are, in the words of one fan, "a group that I feel is so powerful," and by another as "the biggest dudes I've ever seen in person."

A good introduction to Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. offerings is "Raid," good because we meet the protagonists, useful for understanding successive clips. You should also know what the Wiki oracle tells us: "The 'Boo-Yaa' in their name signifies the sound of a shotgun being discharged, while the "T.R.I.B.E." stands for "Too Rough International Boo-Yaa Empire."

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E: taking an aggressive approach to military strategies. In fact, "Raid" is said to be a favorite song of both Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney: "I say f--k them all when I bang them on some/From Inglewood to my city of Carson/Through every hood you should be bangin' more often/Is your life more then what it is costin?"

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E - "Death Row California" captures a specific moment in LA. Carson is just south of Compton, and the T.R.I.B.E. proudly wore Blood red for their entire career.

Why Weezer or OK Go hasn't covered "Baller's Prayer" is beyond us.

Their first single, from 1990. Sounds like Tribe Called Quest, doesn't it?

Faith No More and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. from Judgment Night. "Another Body Murdered."

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is a cypher. They manifest whatever sound surrounds them. In this case Public Enemy.

A little doc about Boo Yaa, featuring "two big Samoans singing doo wop."

"Rid is Coming," a party jam featuring cheerleaders, lowrider Delta 88s and Chevrolets.

Look, a Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E. tribute crew!

"On Me," featuring Kurupt.

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