Tactical Duck Sauce in Newark: Ruffhouse’s Chris Schwartz Tells How He Hatched Gangster Rap

I released the first known gangsta rap album, Schoolly D.  Some Spin journalist called the genre “gangsta rap” because he was interviewing these gang members in Baltimore and all they were listening to were my songs, like “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?,” so the journalist said, “This must be gangsta rap.” And that is how that all started.

Schoolly D tells Philadelphia Magazine how SPIN gave the genre its name

CHRIS SCHWARTZ: The importance of Schoolly D’s “P.S.K/Gucci Time” to the rap world cannot be overstated. The landmark 12” vinyl, widely acclaimed as the first ever gangster rap record, is among the most influential records in hip-hop history, and served as a career-launching inspiration

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