DJ Yella
DJ Yella

Birth name

Antoine Carraby


11 December 1967 (age 46)


Compton, California, U.S.


Hip hop, gangsta rap


DJ, producer, director

Years active

1983-1996, 2011-present



Associated acts

Arabian Prince, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Eazy-E, J. J. Fad, Kokane, Menajahtwa, N.W.A, World Class Wreckin' Cru

Antoine Carraby (born 11 December 1967), better known by his stage name DJ Yella, is an American DJ, record producer and film director from Compton, California. He is best known as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru and the pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A

Alongside Dr. Dre, Yella produced Eazy-E's debut album Eazy-Duz-It and all three N.W.A albums, translating into millions of sales. He co-produced the platinum-selling debut albums of J. J. Fad and Michel'le with Dre. Yella remained close to Eazy-E and stayed with Ruthless Records after N.W.A broke up. In the following years, he produced songs for Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Menajahtwa and H.W.A, and also oversaw Eazy-E's final album, Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton, after his AIDS-related death in 1995.

Yella released his 1996 debut solo album, One Mo Nigga ta Go, on Street Life Records, featuring members of the Ruthless label, including Kokane, B.G. Knocc Out and Dresta. After the release of the album, Yella retired from music to embark on a long and successful 12-year career directing and producing porn films. Yella has credited himself with producing over 300 adult movies. Yella returned to the music industry in the 2010s, and is currently working on a new album, entitled West Coastin'.


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