As one of the original early-'90s West Coast gangsta collectives to follow N.W.A.'s lead, South Central Cartel first appeared with their debut album South Central Madness in 1991, before releasing a succession of albums throughout the remainder of the decade. After their follow-up, 1994's 'N Gatz We Truss, generated a sizeable amount of attention in the gangsta rap underground. Def Jam signed the group, eventually resulting in their most commercially successful album, 1997's All Day Everyday.
During this same era, group leaders Havoc (5) and Prodeje together released a string of albums on Pump Records as well, helping garner a small yet healthy cult audience. Despite their lack of mainstream success, the group does stand alongside fellow early-'90s West Coast colleagues such as N.W.A., Compton's Most Wanted, and Above the Law as gangsta rap pioneers.
Everybody from South Central Cartel are members of the "87 Gangsta Crips".