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): Talk about the growth and expansion of Street Toys. Are there any branches outside Compton in other cities or states?
The way Street Toys has grown is unbelievable inspite the fact we do not have any outside chapters. We chose not to branch out because we are a close knit family and we are about the quality of the person first and not the quantity of cars in the club. We pride ourselves on the quality of each individual member.
(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?
(JT): Becoming a member is definetly a process but in the end, it’s well worth it. There is a probationary period however but even before that, we encourage potential prospects to hang out with the club for us to get a feel for them. It’s important, even before starting the initial process, to determine if they are a good fit for the club and vice versa. As I mentioned earlier in the interview, the people and personalities come before the cars. Once the probationary period commences, prospects must make 2 modifications to their vehicle, attend 2 consecutive meetings as well as 2 events. Once they complete these tasks, they qualify for their probationary sticker which they place on the side window of their vehicle. After the prospect completes the 3rd modification to their car and has attended all meetings and events, they are then inducted in to the Street Toys Car Club as a full fledged member. This is when they are eligible to receive their full front windshield Street Toys logo.
(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?
(JT): Look for Street Toys at many upcoming events not just in our local area and state but quite possibly a show near you. Our 2012 calendar includes the Spring Classics Car Show in Las Vegas and the DUB Magazine Car Show in Phoenix, Arizona this October. We attend numerous cruise nights around the city on a regular basis. In August, Street Toys will be shining in our hometown for the DUB Magazine Show at the L.A. Convention Center. We are also planning on heading out to Texas next year to show’em how we swang in Cali.!
(Whip Appeal): JT, what are some of your best memories as part of StreetToys Car Club?
(JT): It’s hard to simply pick out 1 memory and say that’s the best one. Every moment as a Street Toys club member is a different experience but ends up being a great memory. The video shoots we have been involved in, car shows and other events, they all create special memories. It’s a bus load of fun and memories being apart of this club. If I just had to pick a memory that stands out however, it would have to be the messages that we placed at a show where you have to compete on the highest level possible in order to place.
(Whip Appeal): Thanks for sharing your best memories, now describe what you like best about car club life overall and why?
(JT): There are several things that stand out that I like about Street Toys, dedication is one of them! The members dedicate themselves whole heartedly regardless of the odds. That’s a trait that in my opinion, cannot be found anywhere else. Other things I like most include the diversity of the club and various personalities. The most important thing however is the family aspect we all adhere to. No matter the problem big or small, no matter the argument or disagreement, we all love each other and treat each other as if we were all actually brothers and sisters.
(Whip Appeal): In closing, what have we not covered or discussed that you would like readers to know about StreetToys?
We have covered quite a bit about Street Toys. The only thing left to do is show that we talk the talk but also walk the walk. We are very humble but we also know the real deal. If anyone wants to know more about us please visit:WWW.CARCLUBLIFE.NET
. Check out these youtube channels as well: Wiiplok and CarClubLife.
You can also yahoo or google search Street Toys or Street Toys Car Club.
(Whip Appeal): JT, any final acknowledgements you’d like to make?
(JT): Street Toys would like to give a special Thanks to all the shops we deal with including; Riding Dirty Upholstery, Fineline Auto Body Shop, HP Motor Sports, New Era Customs, Curly’s Pinstripping, Manny’s Auto Art, 310 Kreations Audio, Monster Graphics, Big Daddy Sign Works and Cutting Edge Graphics.
Also, thanks so much for this opportunity and the time because we know it takes alot to do this. Finally our motto is; “If it ain’t a toy, it don’t belong on the streets…Street Toys, Say What?!!!!
(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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