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Westside Connection

Westside Connection was an American West Coast hip hop and gangsta rap supergroup formed by Mack 10, WC and Ice Cube. The group's debut album, Bow Down, reached the number 2 position on the Billboard 200 in 1996, going platinum that year.


Westside Connection began performing together in 1994, appearing on Mack 10's self-titled debut album, Mack 10, on the song "Westside Slaughterhouse". A few months later, the group again joined forces, this time appearing on WC's album, Curb Servin', on the song "West Up!". It was around this time the group began work on their debut album, Bow Down, which was released October 22, 1996.

Individually, Mack 10, WC and Ice Cube continued working on solo projects in between group albums. Together, as Westside Connection, they produced several songs released on film soundtracks and compilations including "Bangin'" (from West Coast Bad Boyz II), "Let It Reign" (from Thicker than Water) and "It's the Holidaze" (from Friday After Next).

On December 9, 2003 the group released their second album Terrorist Threats, hallmarked by the lead single "Gangsta Nation" produced by Fredwreck and featuring Nate Dogg.

Mack 10 quit the group in 2005 due to a conflict with Ice Cube, and Westside Connection subsequently disbanded.[1] However, Ice Cube and WC continued to collaborate, having since appeared on each other's respective albums.



Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US[2] US R&B[3] CAN[4]
Bow Down
  • Released: October 22, 1996
  • Label: Priority
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
2 1 45
  • US: 1,700,000
Terrorist Threats 16 3
  • US: 679,000

Compilation albums

Title Album Details
The Best of Westside Connection: The Gangsta, The Killa & The Dope Dealer
  • Released: November 30, 2007
  • Label: Priority
  • Format: CD, digital download


Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1996 "Bow Down" 21 19 1 Bow Down
"Gangstas Make the World Go Round" 40 30 10
2002 "It's The Holidaze" Friday After Next
2003 "Gangsta Nation" 33 22 9 Terrorist Threats


  1. ^ "Mack 10 interview". AllHipHop.com. November 10, 2005. Retrieved .
  2. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/westside-connection/chart-history/billboard-200
  3. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/westside-connection/chart-history/r&b/hip-hop-albums-b
  4. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.9804&type=2&interval=20&PHPSESSID=sp19smnjn4io5g2nmhli5tdfo5
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Westside Connection". Recording Industry Association of America. January 10, 1997. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Canadian certifications - Westside Connection". Music Canada. March 31, 1997. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Westside Connection". Recording Industry Association of America. January 12, 2004. Retrieved 2017.

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