Gangsta Rap Pioneer Lonzo Drops DVD On Compton Rap

West Coast Hip-Hop pioneer Lonzo Williams has released a new DVD detailing the rise of the Compton/Los Angeles rap scene, has learned.

Williams, who is often referred to as the “Godfather of West Coast Rap,” partnered with Dub Kris Media to produce the new documentary Once Upon A Time In Compton.

The new film follows the rise of the West Coast scene from its earliest moments from Williams’ privileged behind-the-scenes viewpoint as CEO of the influential label Kru Cut Records.

Before creating the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, which featured a young Dr. Dre and fellow N.W.A. member DJ Yella, Williams developed his career as a businessman and DJ.

His Eve After Dark nightclub was an integral part in the development of L.A.’s Hip-Hop culture, introducing such artists as Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and of course Dre.

In 1987, when the group was at its height, the World Class Wreckin Cru hit the national charts with the single “Turn Off the Lights.”

Combining his personal tale with vintage footage including Dre’s first gig as a DJ, Williams creates a story that few have told before.

As the man who introduced Eazy-E to his Ruthless Records partner Jerry Heller, Williams is able to provide insight into the creation and rise of N.W.A., bringing to the forefront other key players who have often been left out of rap history.

Once Upon A Time In Compton also portrays Lonzo Williams’ continuing presence and influence in Hip-Hop.

Once Upon A Time In Compton is available online at and