Sir Jinx: What Happened After N.W.A. and the Posse?

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This is an installment in The Posse Project, a 12-day series where www.PHXmusic.com catches up with all 12 guys pictured on the cover of N.W.A's first album, N.W.A. and the Posse. Today we continue with Sir Jinx, a producer who went on to create the beats for some of the hardest hitting diss tracks in the history of rap. Those diss tracks were recorded by one of the guys in this photo and directed at several other guys in this photo. To read the other installments click here.

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Sir Jinx

Also Known As: Anthony Wheaton

Before the Photo: If there's a golden link in the chain connecting everyone on the N.W.A. and the Posse record cover, it's Sir Jinx. The cousin of Dr. Dre, Jinx was nevertheless always more closely aligned with Ice Cube. At the time the photo was taken he was in the rap group C.I.A. (Cru' in Action!). The other two members of C.I.A. -- Cube and Kid Disaster -- are also in the photo. They're the two guys in white wearing Flavor Flav-style clocks around their necks, right next to Arabian Prince.

In the Photo: Sir Jinx is in the top right, wearing all black.

"All that writing on the picture? I did all that," Jinx tells me. "Eric went and bought a bunch of neon spray cans. He knew I did graffiti, so I did as much as I could... If you look at the picture, and you look at me, my name is right next to me, you see 'J-I-N.' Everybody then kinda grabbed a spray can and the neon cans and wrote on the wall behind us."


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After the Photo: Sir Jinx produced songs for all Ice Cube's early albums, including AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator and Lethal Injection. Included in his credits are two of Cube's most controversial songs, the diss track "No Vaseline" and the Korean shop-keeper bashing "Black Korea." Jinx also produced Xzibit's 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz.

Now
: Jinx recently did some studio work with Dr. Dre and keeps busy doing DJ gigs and appearing places like The Jimmy Kimmel Show and The Orlando Jones Show.

People Don't Know: N.W.A. was not originally supposed to be a 'rap group.'


At the time N.W.A. and the Posse was planned for release the group wasn't intended to be a full-time thing. Actually, N.W.A. was supposed to use the model later perfected by Wu-Tang Clan, where each member was either a solo artist or part of another group, but after the first few songs under the N.W.A. title became hits, that plan was scrapped.

"The whole idea of N.W.A. was supposed to be Niggaz With Attitudes -- that were already in another group. It was just a title, like Niggaz With Attitude, N.W.A., we were Niggaz With Attitude but we all had our own jobs, our own groups."

People Don't Know: Jinx says he never had beef with Dre or Eazy, despite producing diss tracks aimed at them.

"It's all about the money, it's all about what people want to buy. I never thought bad about my cousin, I never thought bad about anybody. Cube kind of went light on him. We had to change it a few times 'cuz 'No Vaseline' was really made for [Ice Cube's solo debut] AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted but we didn't put it out there, then we didn't put it out on [Ice Cube's second record] Kill At Will. But then when they came out with 'Here's what they think about you' thing and we put it out. That song was being perfected for two years."

Nonetheles, Jinx is proud of his work.

"There was no answer to 'No Vaseline' that's the difference, to be honest with you. The best diss record is when nobody responds. When you have something like when Nas came out with 'Ether' and Jay couldn't come back after that, I think he did 'Mr. Ugly' or something like that but it didn't work. He did it to him. 'No Vaseline' was like that."



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