Memoir ‘Not Without Alonzo’ hot off the press
The path rap group N. W. A. took could not have happened without one Alonzo “Lonzo” Williams, hence the title of his memoir, “Not Without Alonzo.”
Alonzo ‘Lonzo’ Williams’ undiluted story as the first music mentor of N.W.A.’s world famous rap crew
COMPTON — Alonzo “Lonzo” Williams is straight out of Compton, too; a native son who was portrayed prominently in the blockbuster film of the same name, well, slightly altered — “Straight Outta Compton.”
You see, Lonzo was an early mentor of Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, Eric “Easy-E” Wright, and O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, Sr., when the three were just teenagers and he was spinning records as a DJ and club promoter for Hall of Fame Entertainment at a nightclub formerly known as Jefty’s — a popular spot where Lonzo served as manager when Dre, Cube, and Easy-E were still largely unknown quantities.
That was before the hook-up with Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby, and Lorenzo “MC Ren” Patterson that solidified the historic iconic rap group, N.W.A.
Perhaps the group was destined to be mega stars, anyway, through another path, but the way fate had it, the path the rap group did take would not have happened without Alonzo “Lonzo” Williams, hence the title of his sizzling-hot-off-the-press memoir, “Not Without Alonzo,” touting the clever acronym — “N.W.A.”
Lonzo was portrayed in the film’s early goings, but the “whole” story about his involvement with N.W.A. doesn’t even begin to remotely unravel in the film. You have to read the memoir to get the real insight.
Before rap labels Aftermath, Death Row, and Ruthless would rise to prominence, there was Kru-Cut Records, and the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, the roots of West Coast Hip Hop.
Today, Lonzo is a motivational speaker, hip-hop historian, and author. His memoir is authentic and unapologetic, as he shares the truths about the not-so-glamorous cut-throat aspect of the music industry and what really transpired behind the scenes with N.W.A. during the group’s formative years in the craft.
“Straight Outta Compton”— though a fine film, only gave movie-goers a sampling of the full magnitude of the quake that was N.W.A.
To experience the real jolt full strength, you’re just going to have to read, “Not Without Alonzo.”