Toker Of Eazy-E BrownSide Crew Passes
#DXCLUSIVE: Publicist Shayna Wilson and the West Coast O. G.-Kokane to talk about Toker's legacy.
Rosarito, Mexico – Before Eazy-E died in 1995, established BrownSide, a Chicano version of N. W. A.
Composed of Los Angeles natives Toker, Danger and Wicked, Klever and without Problems, the group rose to fame under the Ruthless Records during the decade of the 90's gangsta rap of the time.
Toker — whose real name was Gilbert Left — died suddenly on Wednesday (10 October) in the city of Rosarito, Mexico.
"We're reeling," publicist and friend Shayna Wilson told HipHopDX. "I have worked with him for three years and spent nearly every day by his side, building a business."
BrownSide was dissolved shortly after the death of both Eazy and a member of Danger, he was murdered in 1996. Through the years, Toker became incredibly dedicated to helping others.
"Toker undertaken by the group five years ago," he explains. "He was an advocate of prison reform, of a lawyer to speak out against gentrification in Los Angeles and was vocal about how the ICE is affecting the structure of the family for Mexican-Americans in East L. A., Central and South. He went to Mexico after the earthquake last year and donated $30,000.
"He is so well known in the projects in the inner city ares of L. A. just help random people. He was so humble and so nice. He would have given you the shirt off their back."
Toker was in the city of Rosarito, where you have a beach house. He had just dropped her 5-year-old son at the time of his death.
"He was to help the kids," he adds. "He was an amazing man. Her only wish was that the Mexican-American rappers to get the same kind of respect and praise as African-American and white rappers. He believed that the Mexican-American rappers never got the recognition it should have in the industry.
"But he has made it his mission to help others. He would always say, " We are not rappers, we are storytellers.' He wanted the people to hear their stories."
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