The acronym N.W.A. are three explosive letters loaded with controversy within the unpredictable genre of hip hop. But for one man, those letters mean only one thing – Not Without Alonzo. Alonzo “Lonzo” Williams is widely acknowledged as the definitive “Godfather of West Coast Hip Hop” and considering his historical stance pioneering the birth of west coast hip hop, it is clearly understood why.
Williams can purposely take credit for brokering not only some of the biggest connections in hip hop but also for discovering some its biggest names, including Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E. With the July debut of the highly-anticipated hbo series, “The Defiant Ones,” about Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, Williams’ truth will be told. And to further clarify the matter, he has released a narrative in his own words, “N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo,” a memoir and audio book, narrated by him and packed with the personal punch, flavor and charisma he is known for.
A sought after hip hop historian, Williams is often asked to provide commentary about west coast hip hop and its iconic artists. He has been featured in numerous documentaries and even portrayed in several films, including the motion picture blockbuster, “Straight Outta Compton.” But it is his contribution to the hbo four-part documentary, “The Defiant Ones” that has him most excited. The special details the musical and business partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Directed by Allen Hughes, the film will include numerous in-depth interviews including Bono, Nas, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg and Alonzo Williams.
“My inclusion in “The Defiant Ones” shines the light on many things I have been talking about for years. When Allen Hughes first contacted me about being interviewed, we were supposed to spend about two hours together. Two hours turned into six as he was amazed by the history, anecdotes and insights I could share with him. I have nothing but gratitude for him and hbo for taking note of my role and input at the beginning of what has blossomed into one of music’s largest genres. It still amazes me to this day, because at the time, we had no clue that our efforts would evolve to this level,” expresses Williams.
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