What Inspires L.A. Sunshine of The Treacherous Three
L.A. Sunshine is an emcee from the Bronx, NY. He began performing shows at age 15, and in the late 1970s, he met Kool Moe Dee, Special K, and DJ Easy Lee. Together, they became The Treacherous Three. They first appeared on record in 1980 on the B-side of Spoonie Gee’s single “Love Rap”, called “New Rap Language”. That same year, they released “Body Rock”, which was one of the first records to fuse hip hop and rock music. In 1981, the group joined Sugar Hill Records alongside Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. Their first single, “Whip It”, from their self-titled debut album in 1984, featured Phillippe Wynne, leader singer of The Spinners. The group was featured in the 1983 film, Wildstyle, and the 1984 film, Beat Street. The Treacherous Three is known for originating fast rapping, lyrical rap, and directly influencing LL Cool J and Rakim. In 1994, the group released a reunion album, Old Skool Flava, on DJ Easy Lee’s record label. Most recently, L.A. has released an autobiography, L.A. Sunshine: A True Story, The Real Accounts. He shares experiences with child abuse, drug abuse, depression, disloyalty, pseudo friends, family, and enemies. The intro is written by Chuck D and the outro is written by DMC. Purchase the autobiography here.