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R.I.P Woodie


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Fed up with a life of gang-related violence and hopelessness, Woodie dedicated himself to rap music and quickly rose through the ranks of the Cali Bay Area's underground scene, eventually signing to Koch Records. Hailing from Antioch, CA, Woodie (born Ryan Wood) grew up in an environment filled with gangs, drugs, violence, and crime. Life was rough. For example, Woodie's friend, Carlos "Blackbird" Ramirez, was shot to death by local police, another close friend, Gabriel "Snoop" Robinson, was locked up in Folsom Prison for a crime he didn't commit, and Woodie himself had run-ins with the law, nearly charged with attempted murder. After all this drama, Woodie turned to the rap game, recording Yoc Influenced, his debut release. The record became a local sensation, selling thousands of copies throughout the Bay Area thanks to the Northern Cali anthem "Norte Sidin'." Woodie then returned to the studio with executive producer D-Small to record the East Co Co compilation Northern Expozure, Vol. 1. The record showcased not only Woodie's lyrical skills but also his production talents. Soon, underground gangsta rap magazine Murder Dog was praising his work, introducing Woodie to a national audience. This underground success culminated with Woodie being offered a record deal with Koch, a large, nationally distributed label with plenty of money and clout. Woodie's first release for Koch, Demonz in My Sleep (2001), again showcased both his skills as an MC and as a producer -- he produces all but three of the album's songs.

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too many gangsta names... can't... comprehend... stupidity...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

btw, he looks like every other gangstaaaaaaa on the myspace thread.

 

 

 

agreed

how does turning to rap get you out of the life of drugs and violence... when they mostly promote it

 

just my .02$

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agreed

how does turning to rap get you out of the life of drugs and violence... when they mostly promote it

 

just my .02$

 

so you obviously listened to him before you gave your $.02. Go listen to the Camron album.

 

 

 

quote-Raised in Antioch northern California life wasn’t easy growing up for Ryan Wood aka Woodie. Surrounded by gang-bangers and drug-dealers in the small California town Antioch or as Woodie calls his hometown the “Yoc”. Woodie dropped his debut solo EP “Yoc Influenced” on his own record label East Co. Co. records in 1999.The album became soon a underground and local hit . Yoc influenced is not your ordinary gangsta rap EP it’s a lot deeper for being labeled as gangsta rap. Woodie’s lyrics are personal and they are often about injustices and the struggle between doing right or doing wrong. The lyrics are not the only thing that makes Woodie stand out in today’s rap-game. The controversy doesn’t get any less when Woodie puts old recordings of his dead homie Blackbird on the EP.Woodie followed Yoc influenced with his solo album “Demonz N Sleep” thanks to landing a record deal with Koch records. After Demonz N My Sleep Woodie dropped “Life Stories, Vol. 1” a collection of tracks from his solo album and different compilations. Woodie’s has also dropped three compilations” (Northern Expozure) on his label East Co. Co record introducing his homies from the Yoc.

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