B-Real recently revisited some history behind an early 00s track with Eminem.
Back in 2003, Em, B-Real and Samoan rap crew Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. collaborated on "911" from Boo-Yaa's West Koastra Nostra album. According to Monsta Gunja of The Regime, Em's work on the song was part of a deal he'd made with Boo-Yaa to get him out of an attempted extortion by Crips gang members. Monsta is a nephew of Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., which was comprised of brothers Paul “Ganxsta Ridd,” Vincent “Gawtti,” Roscoe “Murder One,” Donald “Kobra,” Danny “Monsta O,” David “E.K.A.” and the late Ted “Godfather” Devoux.
“That’s how that song ‘Hip Hop is in a state of 9-1-1′ with Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. and B-Real, that’s how that song came about, because Paul Rosenberg reached out,” Monsta G explained in October. “He was getting extorted by some Crips. Eminem was getting extorted by some Crips. Maybe he was paying them money and getting bullied, I don’t know the exact details."
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is a pillar in Los Angeles. B-Real discussed the rumors in a recent interview.
“I didn’t hear too much about that because I never got involved with any of that stuff with Em,” he told HipHopDX. “They just called me to be on this record and Boo-Yaa, they’ve always been family to us. Ganxsta Ridd was one of my big time homies. They were always with us in the early days. And so when that project came up and I heard Em was on it, I’d always wanted to flip on a record with him, so it was easy work — it was family and Em was on it. I was like, ‘Oh, shit. All right, let’s do it.’
“And I didn’t think of the politics, he was just somebody I wanted to get down with because I love Em. He’s one of my favorite top three, and so I had a chance to work with him there, along with my family. It was a no brainer to me, and yeah, you know the politics I heard about it later, but Boo-Ya washed that shit out for them.”
CHECK OUT "911" FROM WEST KOASTRA NOSTRA: