Who has not heard of Compton California? After all, it gained national prominence as the home to pioneering rap group NWA, after they exploded onto the hip hop scene in 1988 and totally changed the course of rap with “Straight Outta Compton”, their debut CD. The group’s acheivements were astonishing to say the least. No other rap group can boast of having had the first album ever to reach platinum status without any airplay or major tour support! Let’s again turn the spotlight back to the place that gave birth to what many have termed, “gangsta rap”.
This time however, the focus is not on hip hop but an humble band of 10 brothers and 2 sisters collectively known throughout LA County as Street Toys Car Club. Although the members are not truly siblings, their passion for and connection to customized cars swang’n on chrome throughout those same Compton streets as Easy E’s (RIP) Ruthless Records label mates, could not be stronger.
Whip Appeal caught up with Street Toys CEO “JT” to discuss how the club is not only changing the west coast whip game in the streets, but also how they are postively impacting the community, achieving club goals, collecting awards and looking good doing it.
(Whip Appeal): So JT, tell our readers more about StreetToys Car Club. How did the club originate?
(JT): Street Toys Car Club was founded October 2006 in the city of Compton, California. It was formed by myself and 3 other non-current members. We all had a passion for cruising and we were from the same neighborhood. We all had different connections and when we hung out, we did it all together. After a while, we just decided to start a club. The original founding members are all in good standing with Street Toys, they simply relocated and priorities changed.
(Whip Appeal): What are some of the goals, aspirations and achievements of Street Toys? How has the club given back or made a positive impact to the community?
(JT): We make plans to work and then we set out to work the plan. As a car club we stretched our expectations and set a goal to bring home a trophy from a major car show within 5 years. This year, we acheived that goal and brought home a trophy from the DUB Magazine show this past March 2012. It was a major accomplishment because originally we were a car club that evolved to the show scene, we did not start out on the show scene.
Street Toys also take pride in community involvment. We have hosted toy drive car shows to help raise and donate toys to local churches. We have also participated in a number of back to school drives, family and friends fun fairs and we are now initiating an annual program that will raise and donate clothes as well as food to the homeless on skid row.
(Whip Appeal): JT describe to our readers what it takes to become a member of Street Toys. What does the intake process look like?
(Whip Appeal): Street Toys has accomplished so much since inception in 2006 as a car club, what’s on the current calendar in terms of car cruises and shows?
(Whip Appeal): JT, what are some of your best memories as part of StreetToys Car Club?
(Whip Appeal): Thanks for sharing your best memories, now describe what you like best about car club life overall and why?
(Whip Appeal): Again we want to thank JT for speaking with us on behalf of Street Toys about the car club scene and lifestyle. Good luck on your future endeavors and events.
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Those of us with an appreciation for custom cars understand low lows (term for lowriders) are a beloved staple, not only out west but in every part of the country where the car culture thrives. Easy E once rapped about crusing down the street in his 64 and other west coast rappers as current as Snoop Dogg and as far back as King T, keep the signature G-ride front and center through their music and videos. Street Toys is the evolution to what we’ve come to expect from the Wesside. Dub’d out Impalas, Monte Carlos, even Hondas, Altimas and Pontiac G6’s are commonplace in the club. Street Toys is definetly elevating the custom car game in Cali literally and figuratively.
They are bold enough to show the street scene that there is enough room and creativity in the custom car world to enjoy the low life (low riders, hydraulics, bagged rides) or take the high road (donks, raised kits and big wheels) plus everything in between. The key is do you and make it look good!
Street Toyz, rollin Straight Outta Compton and quite possibly a show near you real soon.
Until next time,
D. Smith/Whip Appeal Blog & Whip Creamz Car Wax Collection
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