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Ronald “Gonzoe” Moore was born on February 4th 1979 in Los Angeles, California. In the early 90s, he formed the rap trio Kausion along with his two friends, Cel and Kaydo. It didn’t take long before their talent were discovered by rapper O’shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, who signed them to his record label, Lench Mob Records, LLC.

On June 20th 1995, Kausion’s debut single, “What You Wanna Do?” featuring Ice Cube, was released and followed by their debut LP, South Central Los Skanless, on October 10th. Later on, they left Lench Mob Records due to disagreements with Ice Cube; they claimed to have been cheated out of their royalties.

Gonzoe went solo and signed with Death Row Records, which was at the time the most successful record label in the rap game and home to other rappers such as DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound.

In October 1995, the late Tupac Shakur also signed with Death Row Records. Gonzoe and Tupac would soon meet each other through their manager, Sharita Knight. They became friends, went on tour and recorded three songs together, including “Die” and “This Life I Lead.”

Tupac gave Gonzoe the nickname Young Ritzy Outlaw. On September 7th, Tupac was shot four times in a drive-by-shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada after attending a boxing fight between Bruce Seldon and Mike Tyson. He was taken to the University Medical Center, where he died a week later at the age of 25.

After Tupac’s death and the imprisonment of the record label’s CEO, Suge Knight, the Death Row empire started crumbling. Like many other artists on the label, Gonzoe left.

In 1997, he formed a new group, The Regime, with his cousin, Late “Phats Bossi” Bankoudagda, Jerold “Yukmouth” Ellis, Keith “Madd Maxx” Walker and Kenneth “Poppa L.Q.”

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