Brownside is a Chicano hip-hop group founded in 1994 by the late Eazy-E. The group originally consisted of rappers Toker (Gilbert Izquierdo), Wicked (Pierre Lamas),and Danger (Carlos Martinez ), who was shot dead in 1996 from a drive-by. Originally, Eazy-E's intentions on signing Brownside to Ruthless Records was to create a Chicano version of the critically acclaimed rap group N.W.A. Toker had attended high school in Compton, California where he later met Eazy-E, and the two developed a great friendship until Eazy-E's untimely death in 1995. It is said that towards the end of Eazy's life he was attracted to Chicano rap in California and saw this as a new market to break into. Brownside has been known to use Sureño slang in their lyrics, as well as album covers. Brownside has collaborated with numerous West Coast artists such as Dirty Red, Slow Pain, Mr. Gee, and Lil' Rob.
Brownside was one of the most promising Latin Hip-Hop groups coming straight out of Los Angeles. Brownside's line-up included members Toker, Danger and Wicked. In 1994, they were signed to Eazy's Ruthless Records and released only one single entitled Gang Related. However, they did record one [known] track with Eric entitled Eastside Drama which was not released at that time. After Eric died on 26 March 1995, Brownside, among many of their label mates, was dropped from the label.
Eastside Drama Their debut album Eastside Drama, released early 1997, was recorded at the G-Spot Studio and featured a Chicano version of Eazy-E's Boyz n the Hood called Vatos 'N The Varrio. Brownside's main image was that they aren't 'rappers trying to be gangbangers', they are 'gangbangers trying to be rappers' Toker stated on a live interview with Julio G from radiostation KBRN. Their greatest hardship came in 1997 when member Danger was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in San Bernardino, CA. As a result of the shooting, Brownside's Toker and Wicked had to make their 1997 LP Eastside Drama without Danger. The first single from that LP was Life On The Streets. The dedication song on the album entitled Rest In Piece AKA Firme Memories, samples The Temprees's Love (Between A Boy and Girl) Can Be So Wonderful. This sample was also used by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on track 10 of disc 1 of The Art Of War released the same year.
Payback In 2002, they released Payback which contains unreleased tracks and some remixes of their tracks from 'Eastside Drama'.
The Takeover In 2006, they released 'The Takeover' which introduced a new member to Brownside 'Trouble' whom 'Toker' met while incarcerated.
- (1997) Eastside Drama
- (2002) Payback
- (2006) The Takeover
- (2008) 13 Reasons (Trece Razones)