South Central Cartel
South Central Cartel


South Los Angeles, California, United States


Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk

Years active



Pump, G.W.K., Def Jam, Reactive, Mouth Piece, PR, Blue Dogg, Gangsta Made, Native

Associated acts

Havoc & Prodeje, Killafornia Organization, Spice 1, Young Murder Squad


South Central Cartel is an American hip hop group from South Los Angeles, California. As one of the first West Coast gangsta collectives to follow N.W.A's lead, South Central Cartel first appeared with their debut album South Central Madness in 1991, before releasing a succession of albums throughout the remainder of the decade. Their 1994 album 'N Gatz We Truss generated a sizable amount of attention in the hip hop scene, and Def Jam Recordings signed the group. This signing resulted in the release of their most commercially successful album, All Day Everyday, in 1997.

Group leaders Havoc & Prodeje additionally released a string of albums as a duo on another label, helping garner a small yet healthy cult audience. Despite their lack of mainstream success, the group is a considered a pioneer of the gangsta rap subgenre.


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