This is an installment in The Posse Project, a 12-day series in which 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 Kid Disaster, a member of the rap group C.I.A. with Ice Cube and Sir Jinx.
Also Known As: Darryll Johnson, K-Dee
Before the Photo: Kid Disaster hooked up with N.W.A through Purple Ice, later known as Ice Cube, in high school. Disaster was a member of the group C.I.A. with Ice Cube and Sir Jinx (read Jinx's entry in The Posse Project here).
In the Photo: Kid Disaster is just another guy not drinking any of the booze.
"It was funny because everybody brought 40s and no one really drunk 40s back then. We had to make it look like we drank some so we just opened them up and poured a little bit out," he tells me. "We were all virgins, man. We were all virgins that just happened to be in the music business and doing something. We were young, man, we were still in high school. We were just having fun, we never did think it was going to do what it did, and when it did it was like 'wow.'"
After the Photo: Disaster was featured in a verse on on "Make It Ruff, Make It Smooth" off Cubes' Lethal Injection album. He also worked for Cube's Street Knowledge Productions and released a solo album titled, Ass, Gas,or Cash No One Rides For Free, in 1994. He became estranged from Cube in 1997 for reasons he doesn't know.
Now: K-Dee lives in L.A., and is in the trucking business. He's also still doing some radio work and performing live, including a recent concert with Michel'le, who is perhaps the ultimate hip-hop temptress, Dr. Dre's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son Marcel. Oddly, Michel'le also has a daughter by Death Row Records founder Suge Knight.
People Don't Know: How hard it is to give up a rap career after getting a taste of success.
"I've tried to give it up a couple times. If it's in your heart, in your blood, it's hard to give it up," he says. "When I walk the streets and people come up to me and are like 'Yo, K-Dee, What happened man? Your album was one of the smoothest albums and we liked that,' 'If my friend knew I was talking to you he'd trip out' and stuff like that and you're like, 'Man, I gotta get back out there!' And you also believe you still have it."
People Don't Know: How low the expectations for N.W.A were in the beginning.
"At the time, what I gathered from it was nobody knew it would be that big. It was just like, we're going to get together and do something. Dre and them were breaking off from World Class Wreckin' Cru and they were just like, 'Let's start a group.' Nobody knew it was going to blow up he way it blew up. And it took off."
People Don't Know: What separated the "N.W.A" members who went on to become famous from "The Posse."
Even at the beginning, the differences between the stars and the supporting cast were obvious, says K-Dee.
"It was for the best anyway, they were the top ones," he says. "Dre was the top producer and Cube was the top writer, so it wasn't a puzzle."
Check out the other installments in the Posse Project Here: