The World Class Wreckin' Cru
was a 1980s Electro-hop
group from Compton
formed by the Eve After Dark nightclub owner and established DJ Alonzo Williams. Other members of the fluctuating line-up included DJ Yella
, Dr. Dre
, Shakespeare, Cli-N-Tel
, and Mona Lisa Young (Dre's sister). Dr. Dre and DJ Yella would go on to achieve fame as members of N.W.A.
. Fila Fresh Crew
's Dr. Rock
was also an early member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru.
The group were originally known as The Wreckin' Cru and used that name when the groups first song was produced called "Slice" performed by DJ Yella and Cli-N-Tel. Although when the World Olympics were coming to Los Angeles during 1984, Lonzo decided to change the groups name to the World Class Wreckin' Cru.
They were managed by Jerry Heller, who also managed Egyptian Lover and LA Dream Team. Heller would later become part of the gangsta rap scene on the west coast, forming Ruthless Records with Eazy-E, and helping launch the careers of several rap artists. Jerry Heller and Eazy-E were introduced through Lonzo Williams in the Eve After Dark nightclub.
World Class Wreckin' Cru singles such as "Surgery" and "Juice" were marked by a blend of old school rap and a rip of the new electro sound, best exemplified by Kraftwerk's single, "Tour de France".
The group released two albums; World Class (1985) and Rapped In Romance (1986). The group were part of the Kru-Cut record label established by Lonzo Williams.
In 1987, the group hit the national charts with "Turn Off the Lights", featuring vocals by Michel'le. However, by this time Dr. Dre and DJ Yella had left to join Eazy-E and Ice Cube in N.W.A. Alonzo Williams went on to briefly front a new group with a similar name, World Class Wreckin' Kru.
The album World Class contains pictures of Dr. Dre wearing flashy clothing and cosmetics, for which Eazy-E dissed him in the song "Real Muthaphuckkin G's", showing pictures of him from this album.
- Surgery (12") (1984)
- Bust It Up 2 + 1 (12") (1985)
- Juice (12") (1985)
- World Class (LP) (1985)
- He's Bionic/The Fly (12") (1986)
- Love Letter (12") (1986)
- Mission Possible (7") (1986)
- Mission Possible/World Class Freak (12") (1986)
- Rapped In Romance (LP) (1986)
- The Fly (12") (1986)
- The Best Of The World Class Wreckin' Cru (LP) (1987)
- Turn Off The Lights (12") (1987)
- House Calls (12") (1987)
- Fast Lane (LP) (1988)
- Lay Your Body Down (12") (1988)
- Lovers (12") (1988)
- World Class Mega Mix 89 (12") (1989)
- House Fly (12") (1990)
- Phases In Life (LP) (1990)
- Turn Off The Lights (LP) (1991)
- I'll Be Around (12") (1991)
- Gold (CD) (1994)
- The World Class Wreckin' Cru Greatest Hits Plus (CD) (2000)