Woodie

Woodie

Woodie

Biography

Ryan Mitchell Wood (November 20, 1975 – March 7, 2007) was a rapper and producer from Antioch, California, who performed and recorded under the stage name Woodie.

At age 10, Ryan Wood and his mother moved from San Leandro, California to Antioch, California. Around the age of 14, Wood became immersed in gang life and joined the Norteños street gang. Wood spent the remainder of his teenage years going to numerous high schools including Antioch High School, Prospects High Alternative School and Live Oak Continuation School. Woodie never graduated from high school.

The mid 1990s were a tumultuous period for Woodie. His close friend Gabriel "Snoop" Roberson was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he claimed he did not commit, and Carlos "Blackbird" Ramirez died after an encounter with police. Wood served a one year prison sentence for assault with a deadly weapon, for which he maintained was for self-defense. Following his conviction, Woodie was prohibited from residing in Antioch. Woodie served his prison sentence at Folsom State Prison.

Woodie started his own record company called East Co. Co. Records in 1997, after he used his Buick Skylark as collateral for a loan. The record company's name is a reference to eastern Contra Costa County, where Antioch is located. In 1998, Woodie completed work on his debut solo album, "Yoc Influenced". Unlike most other rappers, Woodie produced the entire album himself, creating a distinct and easily recognizable sound. He delivered a few hundred cassette tapes of "Yoc Influenced" to Rock Bottom Records in Antioch, his hometown record store. The tapes quickly sold out, and a buzz about the local rapper overtook the town of Antioch. Wood then had the album pressed on CD and delivered them to independent record stores all over Northern California. "Yoc Influenced" was an enormous success and propelled Wood into the forefront of Bay Area gangsta rap.

A year later, Wood released with executive producer D-Small, East Co Co's first compilation album, titled "Northern Expozure Vol. 1". Wood was featured on many of the tracks, but used the album to bring attention to other local talent. The song "Norte Sidin" was the most popular track from the album and it received some radio airplay. The record showcased not only Woodie's lyrical skills but also his production talents. Soon, underground gangsta rap magazine Murder Dog was praising his work, introducing Woodie to a national audience. Like "Yoc Influenced", "Northern Expozure Vol. 1" was very successful, and prompted Wood to release Volume 2 shortly thereafter. Wood continued to release "Northern Expozure"'s, which reached Volume 7 (skipping Volume 3).

Koch Records signed Woodie and released his second solo album, "Demonz N My Sleep", in 2001. In 2002, "Life Storiez Vol. 1", which compiled tracks from his earlier albums, was released. Wood was unhappy with the release of the first "Demonz N My Sleep", as it did not have the music standard of volume 1, he did not approve of the cover, and two songs were not added to the list: "Norte Sidin 2" and "Blackbird". In 2004 he released Demonz N My Sleep Remastered, featuring a whole new set of songs, a brand new cover, and featured the release of "Blackbird", a tribute to his friend Carlos "Blackbird" Ramirez, and "Norte Sidin 2" as a bonus track under the East Co. Co. Label.

Roughly between the years 2000 - 2005 Wood had a disagreement with Brian "Sideways" Reyes, another Antioch rapper. Although the origin of the rivalry is unknown, many believe it started when Reyes' titled a song "The Yoch" on his "Livin The Life" album. Wood took offense to the incorrect spelling of Antioch's nickname, "The Yoc", and felt it was a sign Reyes was not who he portrayed himself to be. Reyes was repeatedly referenced on East Co Co songs following the spelling incident. It is not known whether or not the two reconciled their differences before Wood's death.

On March 7, 2007, Woodie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Florence, Oregon. His wife, Harpaul Singh Rana, was killed in a car accident, prompting the theory that Woodie suffered from depression after her death. He was 32 years old.

Discography

Woodie - Yoc Influenced

Woodie - Yoc Influenced

East Co. Co. Records 1998
Woodie - Demonz N My Sleep

Woodie - Demonz N My Sleep

East Co. Co. Records, Koch Entertainment, In The Paint Records 2001
Woodie - Demonz N My Sleep (Remastered)

Woodie - Demonz N My Sleep (Remastered)

East Co. Co. Records 2004
Woodie & A-Wax - 2 Sides Of The Game

Woodie & A-Wax - 2 Sides Of The Game

Paid In Full Entertainment, Bay Rider Entertainment 2005
Woodie, Never & Lil Coner - Pistoleros

Woodie, Never & Lil Coner - Pistoleros

Connected Inc. 2007

Guest Appearances

Young Droop - Killa Valley: Moment Of Impakt
  • Real Shit

Young Droop - Killa Valley: Moment Of Impakt

Killa Valley Entertainment 2001
A-Wax - Savage Timez
  • Journey

A-Wax - Savage Timez

Possi Productions, Big Treez Entertainment 2001
Lou-E-Lou - Trunk Muzic
  • Slugz 4 A Sucka, Ene D*ck 4 A Bitch

Lou-E-Lou - Trunk Muzic

East Co. Co. Records 2003
Big Oso Loc - Just Another Day
  • East Bay Riderz

Big Oso Loc - Just Another Day

Starz The Limit 2005
Lil Coner - Child 'Hood'
  • Misunderstood

Lil Coner - Child 'Hood'

Connected Inc. 2007
Davina - The Last Laugh Is Mine (The Re-Release)
  • Take It Back

Davina - The Last Laugh Is Mine (The Re-Release)

Sav It Out Records 2007
Tc Kapone - Hard Headed
  • Gang Bangaz

Tc Kapone - Hard Headed

Outacontrol Records 2011
Lil Dee - The Life I Chose
  • Do It For The Love

Lil Dee - The Life I Chose

We The West, RTR Music Group 2014
C-Locs - Still I Strive
  • Mis-Understood

C-Locs - Still I Strive

M.A.E. Muzic 2014

Compilations

Northern Expozure Vol. 1
  • Norte Sidin'

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 1

East Co. Co. Records 1999
Assassin Presents City Of Dope
  • Way You Feel

Various - Assassin Presents City Of Dope

Liferdef Records 1999
Race Riot
  • This Is Northern Cali

Various - Race Riot

Spitfire Records 2000
Latin Active
  • Summer Breeze

Various - Latin Active

Silent Partner Records 2000
Blood & Tears Soundtrack
  • Take My Soul

Various - Blood & Tears Soundtrack

Dogday Records 2000
Northern Expozure Vol. II
  • Northern Cali Dippin'

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. II

East Co. Co. Records 2001
Minority Militia: The Peoples Army
  • County Wayz

Minority Militia - The Peoples Army

Dogday Records 2001
Daz Dillinger's To Live And Die In CA
  • Slugz 4 A Sucka Ene Dick 4 A Bitch

Various - Daz Dillinger's To Live And Die In CA

Hogglife Entertainment 2002
Northern Expozure Vol. 4
  • Savagez

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 4

East Co. Co. Records 2002
Controversy Sellz: A Soundtrack From The Streetz
  • Game

Various - Controversy Sellz: A Soundtrack From The Streetz

Killa Valley Entertainment, Farmboy Records 2002
Underground Hittaz
  • Un4given

Various - Underground Hittaz

Killa Valley Entertainment, Bay Rider Records 2002
Mindsicc Magazine Presents NorthernCal Vol. 1
  • Mind Games

Various - Mindsicc Magazine Presents NorthernCal Vol. 1

Mindsicc Magazine 2002
Mindsicc Magazine Presents NorthernCal Vol. 2
  • Yoc Influenced

Various - Mindsicc Magazine Presents NorthernCal Vol. 2

Mindsicc Magazine 2002
Bayriderz 3 - Kalifornia: State Of Emergency
  • Keep It Gangsta

Various - Bayriderz 3 - Kalifornia: State Of Emergency

40 Ounce Records 2003
B.A.R.T To The 91Siccness
  • Northern Cali

Various - B.A.R.T To The 91Siccness

Tact Out Muzic 2003
Northern Warriorz - Blood Sweat & Years
  • Cold Cats

Various - Northern Warriorz - Blood Sweat & Years

Hogglife Entertainment 2003
North Side Story
  • Open Wounds

Various - North Side Story

$$ Entertainment 2003
Funk On Sight
  • Where We From

Various - Funk On Sight

Somethin Vicious Records, Brown Power Entertainment 2004
Northern Expozure Vol. 5
  • Open Woundz

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 5

East Co. Co. Records 2004
Funk On Sight II: Riders Since Birth
  • Read Between The Lines

Various - Funk On Sight II: Riders Since Birth

Somethin Vicious Records 2004
Northern Expozure Vol. 6
  • Talk 2 My Nine

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 6

East Co. Co. Records 2005
The Suited And Booted Compilation
  • This Game Don't Love You

Various - The Suited And Booted Compilation

Full Sixty Entertainment 2005
Northern Expozure Vol. 7
  • A Matter Of Time

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 7

East Co. Co. Records 2006
Northern Cali
  • East Bay Riderz

Various - Northern Cali

SickMix Media 2007
Various - Funk On Sight Reloaded
  • Where We From

Various - Funk On Sight Reloaded

Somethin' Vicious Records 2007
A-Wax - Hitz N More
  • A Rebel's Prayer

A-Wax - Hitz N More

R.N.L.G. Records 2007
Known Associates 2: Theme Music To Drug Dealins & Killins
  • Cash

Various - Known Associates 2: Theme Music To Drug Dealins & Killins

Apt. 3 / DNA Entertainment 2008
Northern Cali Killaz
  • This Game Don't Love You

Various - Northern Cali Killaz

Independent Music Network 2008
Music 2 Kill By Compilation Vol. 2.0
  • Misunderstood In The Hood

Various - Music 2 Kill By Compilation Vol. 2.0

F.U. Payme Records 2008
Various - Money Hungry Paid In Full
  • Lay 'Em Down

Various - Money Hungry Paid In Full

12 Entertainment 2016

Production

Northern Expozure Vol. 1
  • All Tracks

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 1

East Co. Co. Records 1999
Assassin Presents City Of Dope
  • Way You Feel

Various - Assassin Presents City Of Dope

Liferdef Records 1999
A-Wax - Savage Timez
  • Journey

A-Wax - Savage Timez

Possi Productions, Big Treez Entertainment 2001
Northern Expozure Vol. II
  • All Tracks

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. II

East Co. Co. Records 2001
Woodie - Demonz N My Sleep
  • -N- The Bay

Woodie - Demonz N My Sleep

East Co. Co. Records, Koch Entertainment, In The Paint Records 2001
Daz Dillinger's To Live And Die In CA
  • Slugz 4 A Sucka Ene Dick 4 A Bitch

Various - Daz Dillinger's To Live And Die In CA

Hogglife Entertainment 2002
Northern Expozure Vol. 4
  • All Tracks

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 4

East Co. Co. Records 2002
Lou-E-Lou - Trunk Muzic
  • All Tracks

Lou-E-Lou - Trunk Muzic

East Co. Co. Records 2003
B.A.R.T To The 91Siccness
  • Northern Cali

Various - B.A.R.T To The 91Siccness

Tact Out Muzic 2003
Northern Expozure Vol. 5
  • All Tracks

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 5

East Co. Co. Records 2004
Woodie - Demonz N My Sleep (Remastered)
  • -N- The Bay

Woodie - Demonz N My Sleep (Remastered)

East Co. Co. Records 2004
Woodie & A-Wax - 2 Sides Of The Game
  • The Yoc And The Burg

Woodie & A-Wax - 2 Sides Of The Game

Paid In Full Entertainment, Bay Rider Entertainment 2005
Northern Expozure Vol. 6
  • All Tracks

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 6

East Co. Co. Records 2005
Northern Expozure Vol. 7
  • All Tracks

Various - Northern Expozure Vol. 7

East Co. Co. Records 2006
Woodie, Never & Lil Coner - Pistoleros
  • All Tracks

Woodie, Never & Lil Coner - Pistoleros

Connected Inc. 2007