I was talking to my boy Shawn J. Ésquire. I recalled a story when him and I, my best friend Rick Stamps (RIP) Rob Shaw and a few other boys from the Valley attended this radio event downtown LA. (early 90's-92-93) I was getting ready to do a radio interview with Greg Mack from K-Day Radio.
Ice Cube was passing out flyers promoting the Lynch Mob. I walked by Ice Cube he says "Whats Up Lime" (he hands me a flyer) I shook his hand smiled, I said " whats up Cube 818 is in the house" (just being friendly) Ice Cube didn't take too kind to that, he waiting till I walked away when he uttered "FK these Punk A*****S Valley Nigga's" (behind my back)
While he continued passing out his flyers. My boy Shawn who over heard Ice Cube ran up on Cube he says, "The Valley ain't no punks, whats up?" Cube backdown by saying "what you talking about I didn't say that". I quickly came over to calm things down. My boy Shawn was ready to take off on Cube.
Suddenly Ice T who saw what was going on came over saying, "Y'all chill on sh***t we ain't here for all that, (he looks at me) Come on Lime you got this interview to do.
Later Dr. Dre ask me was everything okay?, Dre, and I has always been cool even still today.
All in all the event turned out nice. (no fights) It has always been tension between the Valley and LA although the Valley is a small town in comparison to LA, we've always held our grounds back in the day.
Speaking of history; Rumor has it... The Valley vs LA beef started back in the late 70's when LA use to come to Hansen Dam Park, it was an annual event around July 4 which sparked off a huge Low Rider competition; who had the flyest Low Rider, who car can hop the highest etc.
3-4 thousand people would attend this event , the valley represented their side while LA did the same. The Valley had more unity and loyalty with each other, it was more about support than anything; rather the valley won or lost in the car hoping competition the valley girls cheered loudly like it was some high school sports event.
The King Berry's Greg and his brothers (from the valley) was known for having the best Low Riders on the scene. Both Valley and LA would take pictures as the King Berry's showcase their cars riding up and down the park way. Some say La use to steal a lot of their Low Riding styles and skills from the Valley; Personally I think it worked both ways, everyone was glamorized by who had the best looking low rider.
The low riding events went for years at Hansen Dam park, live Dj spinning records... Darryl Richardson, Hamburger Man, Mc on the Mic LemonLime etc. There was always "Haters" at the Low Rider events; but they pretty much kept to themselves although you knew who they were, they stayed in their lane.
Problems started between The Valley and LA when Low Rider cars started getting taken by (PINK SLIP STATUS) Meaning "If my car out hops your car, I get your pink slip or you get mine". Low Rider owners had a lot of PRIDE and CONFIDENCE in their cars, not counting all the money they put into those cars, $20k-$50 and up, and to lose it all in a matter of 15 minutes in a hoping competition can be hurtful especially when you getting clowned or laughed at by the competition.
During the early 80's is when the gangs started getting involved with the Low Riding competition which brought even more problems to the Dam. Arrival gangs, Crips and Bloods. At the time it was only one blood gang in the Valley known as "Pacoima Piru's or its abbreviated name "2P's or PPB (we're not going to get into who started it) Before that it was The Original Valley Gangsters (O.V.G)
OVG's been around since the early 60's, they were well organized as well as unified. OVG's were in fact the initial Low Rider starters of the Valley. Now lets get back to how, rumor has it how the beef got started between The Valley and LA. The Crips did not like the bloods in the Valley and vise versa. Good sportsmanship in Low Riding competition at Hansen Dam changed drastically. There was fighting, shooting, stabbings, police got involved.
Between the 70's and 80's Low riding competition at the Dam that use to be a fun event turned into a hate event; "I don't like them and they don't like me". Plus the Valley started turning on each other. La often laughed at the valley thinking it was some high sadity suburban rich area with stuck up rich kids with attitudes.
The Valley was no way in comparison to "Malibu Most Wanted" like the movie; A misconception by far.
To be continued on "How it all got started in the Valley".