Toker Of EazyE's BrownSide Crew Passes Away
publish date: 2018-10-11
Rosarito, Mexico – Before Eazy-E passed away in 1995, he established BrownSide, a Chicano version of N.W.A.
Comprised of Los Angeles natives Toker, Danger, Wicked, Klever and Trouble, the group rose to prominence under Ruthless Records during the 90s gangsta rap era.
Toker — whose real name was Gilbert Izquierdo — died suddenly on Wednesday (October 10) in Rosarito, Mexico.
BrownSide disbanded shortly after the deaths of both Eazy and fellow member Danger, who was murdered in 1996. Over the years, Toker became incredibly dedicated to helping others.
'Toker reprised the group five years ago,' publicist and friend Shayna Wilson told . 'He was an advocate for prison reform, an advocate for speaking out against gentrification in Los Angeles and was vocal about how ICE is affecting the family structure for Mexican-Americans in East L.A. and South Central. They.went to Mexico after the earthquake last year and donated $30,000.
'He’s so well known in the projects in the inner city areas of L.A. just by helping random people. He was so humble and so nice. He would have given you the shirt off his back.'
Toker was extremely vocal about his love for Mexican-American culture and simply wanted Chicano MCs to get the same level of respect as other rappers.
'He was all about helping kids,' Wilson adds. 'He was an amazing man. His only wish was for Mexican-American rappers to get the same kind of respect and accolades as African-American and white rappers. He believed Mexican-American rappers never got the appreciation they should have in the industry.
'But he made it his mission to help others. He'd always say, 'We’re not rappers, we’re storytellers.' He wanted people to hear their stories.'