The Wreckin' Cru'* ‎– Surgery

Kru-Cut Records ‎– KC-002
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single


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BPM: 128

Produced for Disco Construction
Recorded at Audio Achievements, Torrance, CA
Mixed at Larabee Studio, Hollywood
Distributed by Macola Record Co.

Wreckin Cru
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P.O. Box 61346
L.A., CA 90061

Processed (Plating/Metalwork) at Greg Lee Processing based on L-18581 / L-18581-X etchings.
Entered as "Mastered At" for the present.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1, Etched): KC 002-A L-18581
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2, Etched): KC 002-B L-18581-X
  • Rights Society: Lon-Hop Music
  • Rights Society: BMI

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December 26, 2017

dre would be better off "forgetting" his newer stuff and remembering this stuff to be honest...just saying


December 14, 2016
edited 10 months ago
In relation to the below thread & comments on Dre's apparent 'amnesia' when it comes to his past:

I watched 'Straight Outta Compton' with some younger friends, who loved it, as did I, but I had to point out: Thats not how it happened. Where's the Wrecking Cru??? OK, there was some brief scenes of Dre on the decks, albeit minus the gold, shimmer & shoulder pads... So indeed, a large chunk of important musical beginnings erased.

The funny thing is, being a 'G' means different things to different people. In reality, wearing glam clothes doesn't mean you couldn't mess someone up or hold your own, just as wearing a hood & sneakers doesn't necessarily make you a menace to society. Its simply what you do that defines who you are. Sure, the sound leans towards 'Corny' (Dre's own comment when quizzed on 'The Defiant Ones' documentary), but even so, it's still good music, and hey, what didn't sound corny in the 80's?

The records were marketed around street life, and as a kid I believed in all the hype- but the music is all I cared about, and it still stands.

For me, The Wrecking Cru were from a time where the positive message of early rap lingered, and where the West Coast were ahead of NYC when it came to the electro sound. Regardless of how the original crew members feel now about it now, this is as important to the golden early era of 80's Rap progression as NWA were to the 90's.

As for Dre- I wouldn't like to cast judgement. As an artist, you don't have to always love your own work, or perhaps some the memories associated with those times.


July 26, 2016
The cover art! I used to laugh as a teen about it! Love it so much.
Are they pumping IN radioactive materials? Or sucking them OUT? One can only speculate.
I love that theres another guy smoking a pipe and taking notes.


November 8, 2013
edited over 5 years ago

If I had to choose between this any any NWA records, it would certainly be this record, it was a great time for Hip Hop, great energy and positivity.


May 17, 2011

it is good.really had to be in the album World Class, instead of the remix.and i only discovered now that who is rapping is not Dr. Dre, but Cli-N-Tel.


January 14, 2010
i absolutely agree with everything stated fact dre should finally stop promising to give us detox, which will be released in the year 3050 (LOL) and dig out his old oberheim-gear in order to produce some serious (LOLevenMO')dance-shit like this! i've had enuff of 50cent dissing prince and eminem and all these cats...everytime i play this song somewhere i get asked: 'is this REALLY dr. dre???' WTF, can't he just be proud of being really in the first row of rap-producers back in the days? there is NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED ABOUT THESE JAMS, in some ways they were a lot better than NY stuff the same age...!


September 17, 2003
I remember reading a reference to Dr. Dre's not-so-"G" beginnings in a review of an old Schoolly D record. The writer disparagingly commented that back when Schoolly D was running with a gang in real life, Dre was still rocking wet-look hair and sequined jumpsuits as a member of World Class Wreckin' Cru. (These types of disses are rampant, such as the writer who said Tupac was just an incredibly faggy dancer for Digital Underground who got cast as a badass in the movie "Juice" and then decided to start acting that way for the rest of his life, or Suge Knight's comments about Snoop Dogg being the only rapper he ever knew who "Paid to get in the game.") Anyway, all this just goes to show what kind of influence a single album can have. With the success of Straight Outta Compton, suddenly it wasn't enough to simply make great tracks, or be a great producer (like Dr. Dre). Every California rapper had to "live the life" and prove that he was 10 times harder than any of his rivals. It's too bad that Dr. Dre disowned a lot of his early work. In my opinion, it's some of the best stuff he ever did.


September 4, 2003
Apparently, Dre amputated his history when he became a “G”. For years, no one wanted to admit the West-Coast’s Electro legacy that included Bobby Jimmy, Egyptian Lover, Arabian Prince, et al. Freak Beat, Dream Team, Macola, Egyptian Empire, etc. Then they got into bass around 1988, right before they brought guns to Yo! MTV Raps. Do Kraftwerk and drive-bys go together (insert heavy breathing ala "Tour de France" here)?


April 9, 2003
"Seven dayz a week, he's on call
To get the party people up off the wall
You'll fell motivated as he operates
Cuz' party energy is what she generates
He'll prescribe for you, her potent elixir
Two turntables, speakers, and a mixer
He'll rock your party wherever you be.
Calling Dr. Dre to surgery"

This is another one of my fav old skool hiphop/electro tunes, really well produced... love the beats and the rhyming once again... why isnt there anything like this anymore... I really don't know!