West Coast Hiphop History

Eve’s After Dark

Eve’s After Dark

12823 S. Avalon Blvd.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Compton, CA.  90221
 
                     (Eve’s After Dark today)

Social Relation:

Opened in 1979, Eve’s After Dark was known as a high-class club that became a fixture on the dance map of Los Angeles. The after-hours club was located within the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County which allowed the club to operate outside the rules of Los Angeles city and stay open till 5 in the morning.

The ’70s era of disco music began to play out and mobile DJs begun to take over the promotional dance circuit. A former b-boy, Alonzo Williams traded in his dance gear and transitioned into mobile DJing within the Los Angeles dance circuit. By late 1979, Alonzo had taken over ownership and Friday night DJing duties at Eve’s After Dark.

In order to share in the club’s DJ duties and large demand Alonzo Williams created a crew of DJs, known as the World Class Wreckin’ Cru. The original Wreckin’ Cru consisted of Alonzo, Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby, DJ Cli-N-Tel, DJ Unknown, and Andre “Dr. Dre” Young. With a R&B national hit in 1988 (Turn Out the Lights), Alonzo secured a recording contract with CBS Records for his group and used the money to build a recording studio in the back of the club.

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(Inside of Eve’s After Dark)

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(The dance floor at Eve’s After Dark)

Hiphop Outcome:

Not only was Eve’s After Dark a breeding ground for DJs and dance fixture within the dance community but it also served as a springboard for East Coast rappers. The Los Angeles club also booked many other acts including the first L.A.-area appearance of New York rappers Kurtis Blow and Run D.M.C. Yet, every weekend Eve’s After Dark became a social melting pot for early rap music, up and coming DJs, young entrepreneurs, and Hiphop Kulture in Los Angeles. During his high school years, O’Shea Jackson would rock the microphone at the nightclub as the rapper Ice Cube with a group called C.I.A. (Criminals In Action). At this time, Ice Cube encouraged by Andre “Dr. Dre” Young began to spit sex rhymes over popular rap songs to shock and excite crowds. Thus Run D.M.C.’s “My Adidas” became “My Penis.” While, on weekends Eric “Eazy-E” Wright was in the crowd of Eve’s searching for new rap talent. At the same time, Eazy-E would catch Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby and Andre “Dr. Dre” Young spinning records for local legends the World Class Wreckin’ Cru.

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          (Alonzo Williams DJing in the background)

The club’s recording studio featured an old four-track deck and quickly became a music laboratory for Dr. Dre, the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, and others.  In 1987, the back room recording studio became the starting point for “gangsta rap” and West Coast Hiphop. One night, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Eric “Eazy-E” Wright were in the studio with a stack of rhymes that O’Shea “Ice Cube”  Jackson had penned. Eazy-E bought recording time for an East Coast duo called HBO that Dre had found. But, when the New York duo got into the studio, they balked at the West Coast-flavored track and rhymes and declined to record Cube’s song.

Instead, Dr. Dre urged Eazy-E to pick up the microphone and rap lyrics to a song detailing the day-in-the-life tale of a Compton gangster, it was “Boyz-N-the-Hood.” Hiphop changed forever.

 

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9 responses

  1. Daniel

    im surprised there isnt more documentation on this, west coast hip hop (G-funk era) arguably, is what made Hip Hop “the” Hip Hop lifestyle that purveyed cool in terms of global influence. These are the roots of where it started. Many props to you conkrete. would be interesting to know how these spots are doing now. Do they get any love from the artists that sharpened their chops here? just curious. In the future, these could be significant historical sights. On the global level, i see Hip Hop as one of if no the most significant cultural movement of the last 50 years. All of it, but west coast in particular seems to have been the most diffused of the genres. Again, many props for highlighting these spots.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Alexander / Swift Productions and commented:
    An historical landmark that birthed Dr. Dre’s career and, by extension, the gangsta rap music.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:02 am

  3. maurice

    I use to party at this club in my teen years… Flip shirts and vans and use to buy their mixtapes.. Memories

    August 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    • Street Hustle, nice. What kind of shirts? I’m sure you saw the movie? Memories. I appreciate you reading the blog. Thank you.

      August 17, 2015 at 5:03 am

    • DJ Glue

      Do you recall how it ran and do you still have any thing from the club or any mix tapes of Dr.DRE back then?? If so call me, my name is DJ GLUE @719-596-1922 And THANKS!!

      February 29, 2016 at 6:11 am

  4. Wow I was in the place every weekend didn’t realize I party with all these later famous rappers, and DJ Yella Well I’ll just say Antoine. : )

    September 9, 2015 at 6:16 am

    • I’m sure you’ve seen the movie. I’m sure it brought back memories for you. You’re lucky. You’re part of history. Do happen to have any memorabilia from back then?

      September 12, 2015 at 2:39 am

  5. Yoahk

    I remember going to this club as a teen and seeing Ice-T there. He was in the DJ booth. What was the other teen club on the westside? I think it was called The Playpen? We use to hit all the spots.

    February 7, 2019 at 5:24 am

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