Back in February, MC Eiht announced he would be joining fellow CMW member Tha Chill as part of a super-group named 1st Generation. Nearly two months later, the collective—also comprised of Kurupt, Sir Jinx, King Tee, Jayo Felony, Gangsta—has released their first video, “Killen Me Softly.” Few emcees can say, “We either made it crack or grew up on N.W.A.,” as Kurupt does on the chorus, but few groups can boast founding members of Tha Dogg Pound, Likwit Crew, Compton’s Most Wanted and The Comrades.

How did they manage to fit so many different egos and musical tastes on one project?

“With music, everything else is irrelevant,” Kurupt told HipHopDX during a similar pairing with DJ Quik in 2009. “The music is what the key is, and the music is the set. So we’re all from the same set as far as this music game goes. The love you have for someone can outweigh your neighborhood politics and all the rest of that. You’re gonna see more of that, just to let you know that it’s not just us older cats doin’ it.”