Rap Name: 4 Cent/4Bent aka Tha Compton Billboard
Born : October 19, 1979 Minneapolis Minnesota
Street Gang Affiliation: 134st. Compton Original West Side Piru Gang
Other /Artists Billboard worked with: Snoop Dogg, The Relativez (of Inglewood Ca.) The Game & his Black Wall Street label (of Compton Ca.), and Famous Compton Producer Six Million (who made his mark earlier on the track - Mad like a pit! from the Late Great Mausberg’s solo album Non Fiction. Billboard made one cameo appearance in a Black Wall Street and Dipset collaboration music video that aired on multiple music TV networks during spring break April 2004! His start for the Black Wall Street Record label’s: Billboard CPT to the MIA mixtape series!
Death: Between the dates of June 1st to June 9th 2004
Incident: Murdered in the City of Gardena California By severe gunshot wounds!
Billboard’s Bio: Born in Minnesota but raised as a youngster on the west side of Compton California. Around 134 & Wilmington Ave. Billboard was also known to socialize on Central Ave at Head Upz barbershop! There he started pushing his freestyles to the Compton public! They liked it! In fact his slick but smooth street rugged style gave much comparison to The Late Great Mausberg. Dj Quik’s protege that was making noise on one snoop dog album, 2 Dj Quik albums, One album with Suger Free etc. His career was cut short do to the corrupt street life that inhabited the Campenella Park Neighborhood in Compton CA. This was a true honor for 4Bent “Tha BillBoard”! It classified him from that day on as a real Gangster rapper with a past of true Compton street life credibility! Nothing was easy for this young aspiring artist! After waiting in the Los Angeles County Jail for one year in accordance to his pending court trial ! Mr Lusk was released and all charges were dropped due to lack of evidence! Then Game the once so called west coast G Unit Protege was ready to take Billboard on his back and make room for him throughout the G unit Label. Then the news hit everybody at the start of summer in 2004. Young Mr 4 Bent age 24, killed as a victim of gang violence on the streets of Gardena Ca. He was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics! Eventually after all the turmoil due to the loss of The Billboard, The Game’s first album The Documentary was released under the G Unit label and a certain number of copies contained a Black Wall Street Records DVD with footage of BillBoard and Game himself! This video surrounded these two throughout the streets of South Central and Compton! Showing off true “Gangsta” and real war stories that where hidden in Mr Billboards Rap songs! Then a peace of Mr Lusk’s funeral and Burial services at Inglewood Cemetary were edited with love for his fans to feel the loss that the industry and his close family felt at that sad time in our West Coast “Gangsta” rap history. Whether other west coast rap critics believe this, Mr 4Bent aka Tha BillBoard Was the true Backbone for Game and he maintained throughout his life a true “Piru Street Gangsta” credible lifestyle! He was never a person in question amongst other west coast founded Gangster Rappers as some phony MC street punk new clown that other industry established artist’s could take a lyrical attack at!! He was rugged, tall, real, and well built! Body and mind! If my facts are correct he stood 6/6 or 6/7 feet tall. And carried a army frame of muscle that weighed between 235 - 250 pounds! Not someone you want to upset with sensless music industry “Beef” talk! Unless you liked getting “Knocked the Fu@$k out” as Smokey would say on the hit movie Friday! When he passed on and Game left the G unit label his memories and music buzz were losing its ground for establishing his short but sweet rapping legacy! A solo mixtape was made available to the public in July 2006 at the Compton Swap Meet in the city of Compton California. A lucky number of his fans got a hold of Mr Lusk’s solo mixtape! “4 Bent aka Tha Billboard. Mix Tape Title: Brrrrrraaaaaaaapppppp … Compton’s Trademark! Other mixtapes were created & each contained certain tracks listed from the Compton’s Trademark mixtape! I have the original, contact: email@example.com for any info that might be needed concerning Mr Lusk’s Mixtape content! People still question The Game’s street credibility now that his backbone of “Gangsta” has passed on? But in all do respect Game in those days barely had made enough room for his own career let alone another! So for introducing The world to BillBoard’s music and for this reason alone we must remember to thank and praise him! The Game aka Chuck Taylor was The BillBoard’s childhood friend. Finding a career or a best friend is considered social gold in these impoverished communities of South Los Angeles. So We bless God at the end of the day for giving these two friends a gift of rap that they would grow and blossom into! Billboard kept his promise to the streets before entering any studio! He vouched that any lyrics that would come out his mouth told his true life stories, morals, and lessons obtained throughout his long but cut short street life! Nothing fabricated or fake! Maybe that’s why he’s no longer with us? Some ears were not ready for the truth so “haters” as we call it shut his career down for their selfish reasons! Unfortunetly for them, fans like myself keep his message alive. Be real and live honorably and always have a place for “Tha Billboard” in your Ipod!
An Article By Eric Hamwey aka Ricorich 818 - 310! Member of the “South Central Associated Street Press!” LOL
Edited by ricorich310 on 8 Feb 2011, 17:54
Sources (view history)
therealblackwallstreet.com Interviews with BlackWallstreet personel. LAHomocide Report 2004
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