WC in August 2007
|William Loshawn Calhoun, Jr.|
Houston, Texas, United States
|Origin||Westmont, Los Angeles, California U.S|
William Loshawn Calhoun, Jr. (born 1970), better known by his stage name WC (pronounced "Dub-C"), is an American rapper and actor. He originally was a rapper in the group Low Profile and later formed his group WC and the Maad Circle, who first succeeded with the single "Ain't A Damn Thang Changed". He later started a solo career and has released four solo albums. He is also well known for being a member of the rap supergroup Westside Connection with Ice Cube and Mack 10.
A longtime staple of the West Coast Music scene, WC began his career pairing with DJ Aladdin in the group Low Profile in 1987. The group released one album called We're in This Together in 1989. He later formed his group WC and the Maad Circle, which also included fellow rapper and mentor Big G, Coolio, producer Sir Jinx - Chilly Chill, and DJ Crazy Toones. He released two albums with his group, Ain't a Damn Thang Changed in 1991 and Curb Servin' in 1995.
WC's solo debut, The Shadiest One, followed in 1998, landing in the pop Top 20 in its first week of release. "Better Days" and "Just Clownin'" were moderate R&B hits, and his second record, 2002's Ghetto Heisman, entered the pop charts as well. In 2007, he released his third solo album, Guilty by Affiliation on Lench Mob Records. Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and The Game all made an appearance on the album. He released his fourth solo album, Revenge of the Barracuda, on March 8, 2011. The album featured guests like Ice Cube, Young Maylay, Daz Dillinger, and Kokane. He is the older brother of DJ Crazy Toones.
In 1996, WC formed Westside Connection with Mack 10 and Ice Cube. The group's debut album, Bow Down, was released in 1996. The album reached the number 2 position on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum in 1996. "Bow Down", the single, reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group released their second album, Terrorist Threats, in 2003, featuring the lead single "Gangsta Nation", which was produced by Fredwreck and featured Nate Dogg. In 2005, the group disbanded
His stage name, WC, is an abbreviation for his initials, not West Coast or his group Westside Connection, which are common misconceptions. He is exactly a year older than his former Westside Connection bandmate Mack 10.