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C.I.A., also known as Cru' in Action!, was a rap trio from the Los Angeles rap scene in the 1980s. The group consisted of K-Dee, Sir Jinx, and Ice Cube. Initially known as Stereo Crew, they changed their name to C.I.A. and signed with Kru Cut Records, a sublabel run by Grandmaster Lonzo of the World Class Wreckin' Cru.
C.I.A. made their debut at parties organized by Sir Jinx's cousin, Dr. Dre, who was a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru and later became part of the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A. In 1986, Stereo Crew released the single "She's a Skag" under Epic Records, but the group was dropped due to poor sales.
The trio went on to do backing vocals on the World Class Wreckin' Cru's song "Cabbage Patch." In 1987, C.I.A. released their only single, "My Posse," which was produced by Dr. Dre and featured the classic Roland TR-808 sound. However, shortly after the release of "My Posse," Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, along with Eazy-E, formed the groundbreaking gangsta rap group N.W.A, while K-Dee and Sir Jinx went on to form Da Lench Mob.
Although C.I.A's time as a group was short-lived, their involvement in the early days of the Los Angeles rap scene and their collaborations with influential artists like Dr. Dre and the World Class Wreckin' Cru played a significant role in shaping the trajectory of West Coast hip-hop.