Ice Cube & MC Eiht Tribute to producer Laylaw who has died

Icing, MC Eiht and several other members of the West Coast Hip Hop community have paid tribute to producer Laylaw, who has passed away.

The beloved producer’s death was confirmed on Thursday (January 12) in an Instagram post by the rapper Tha Chillwho co-founded Compton’s Most Wanted with MC Eiht.

The tribute gave no details on when or how Laylaw died, instead simply reading: “RIP @laylaw_og_nwa_ missed you BIG BRO [prayer hands emojis][dove emojis]#NWA #OVERHEAD.”

Ice Cube, who collaborated with Laylaw on several songs as a solo artist, also shared a tribute to the fallen artist after news of his death broke.

“It’s hard when you lose one of the originals,” Cube captioned a photo on IG. “LayLaw was there when nobody cared who I was. A producer and songwriter behind tons of hits. He always gave it to me straight, no chaser. My roommate on the NWA tour. I thought we had more time. Rest rest in peace my friend.”

MC Eiht also remembers his friend, writing: “DAM LOC ALWAYS SOLID WE NEED TO SIT UP BY THE CRADLE AND JUS BLOW CHOP IT UP MY NIA @laylaw_og_nwa_ #Riplaw”

Born Barry Goodman, Laylaw began his career as an artist in 1985 with the release of “Monster Rapping”, produced by Dr. Dre. After releasing another single, “What’s Your Name” in 1986, he shifted his focus to production.

“I’ve known Dre since like ’80, ’81,” Laylaw recalled HipHopDX in 2011. “I stayed down the street from his cousin, on 76th Street, right across the street from Fremont [High School]. I played football for Fremont… and [Dre] would dance at halftime with some other brothers, some pop-locker guys.

“I was a writer,” he continued, explaining his short-lived stint as an artist. “I was just writing. I was writing … and then I ran into Alonzo [Williams] and Wreckin’ Cru and they rap.

He added, “I’m not a rapper. I’m a writer. I can write a rap, but I don’t consider myself a rapper. So it was weird trying to figure out what I wanted to do.”

Laylaw established his name as a producer thanks to a wealth of credits on projects by Above The Law and NWA. He also worked with a number of West Coast stars, including E-40 and 2 Pacfor whom he produced “I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto.”

Through his relationship with 2Pac, Laylaw also claimed to have produced the remix for his Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman assisted on “California Love”, although he was never properly credited for the work.

MC Eiht remembers Suge Knight confronting him at his mother’s house during DJ Quik Beef

“[Dr. Dre] heard a beat that he wanted and it was the ‘California Love (Remix)’ beat,” Laylaw shared DX. “He was officially working on The Chronic 2 at the time. And that song was supposed to be on his album. So Dre did the song, a few days later Roger came out [and] figure it out. A few days later, ‘Pac heard it [and] ‘Pac go to work. A few days later, it’s now ‘Pac’s single. The very next day they will record the video. So within a week of us doing it, it became ‘Pac’s single.

“So I’m like, ‘Okay, what are you going to do with my version? ‘Cause we have two versions of the song,'” he continued.[Dre] said, “Your version is remixed.” I did it with my partner at the time, [D’Maq]. … [Dr. Dre] told me he sent the credits to Suge [Knight] and Suge fucked it up. I called Suge. Suge said: ‘Dre never gave me the ‘Law’ credit. … Remember, Suge isn’t really worried about putting my name on shit. So I contact Tupac and ‘Pac tells me he’s trying to leave [Death Row Records], he just wants to finish these extra albums and he wants to go away. So we just sat back and relaxed [the situation] marinate.”

The “California Love” remix appeared on 2Pac’s 1996 album All eyes on me and has generated over 36 million streams on Spotify to date.

HipHopDX Condolences to Laylaw’s loved ones.

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