||Gangsta Lean CD (1993)
MC D.R.S. songs In the 1990s, countless R&B acts incorporated hip-hop, but not many of them incorporated outright gangsta rap. Hip-hop-minded R&B artists -- who ranged from Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, and Lauryn Hill to Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson, and Aaron Hall -- steered clear of gangsta rap's violent, bloody imagery. But on two rare occasions, West Coast groups brought gangsta rap to R&B: first was D.R.S. in 1993, then came G.A.T. in 1995. While G.A.T. managed to bridge the gap between N.W.A. and classic soul groups like the O'Jays, the Chi-Lites, and the Dramatics, the equally obscure D.R.S. (whose name stands for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) was coming from more of a new jack R&B perspective. If Babyface, Johnny Gill, Bobby Brown, or Prince had been singing the lyrics of N.W.A., Ice Cube, the ...