What do West Coast hip hop icons Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Suge Knight, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre all have in common? This may surprise you, but the answer is Bryan Turner, a Canadian born in Winnipeg and UBC graduate.
Featured in the latest N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, Turner founded Priority Records in 1985 and has since become one of the biggest players in the history of gangsta rap. In the early 90’s when N.W.A. were looking for their first record deal, they found a distributor for their albums in Turner. Having somehow never been chastised by police groups and censoring crusaders regarding the violent and controversial rap music he represented, Turner went on to sell millions of albums and turned Priority into the biggest independent label of the 1990’s.
Before moving to LA to try and make it in the music business, Turner grew up in Winnipeg and Vancouver where his family still resides. Over the years, Turner would send official gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales plaques to his parents who lived in a modest apartment in Richmond, BC.
Now, these official plaques from N.W.A., Eazy-E, Dr Dre, Ice Cube and other Priority Records artists will be displayed and auctioned off with half of all proceeds benefiting the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. The event will take place from 7-11pm on Saturday, August 29th in the Fortune Sound Club in the main room. This is a special one night only chance for people to get their hands on a piece of hip hop history.
Presented by Fortune Sound Club, DIPT, Hip Hop Canada and Livestock Canada.