An early pioneer of gangsta rap, Philadelphia's Schoolly D relayed gritty street tales featuring an abundance of graphic violence and sexual declamation. Following a successful run of singles during the mid '80s, the rapper released his eponymous debut album, cementing his legend within hip-hop. While other lyricists explored gang violence as a way of raising political consciousness, Schoolly D appeared happy merely indulging in the horrific reportage. His 1989 album, AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU?, incorporated more socio-political concerns, with controversial cuts such as "Black Jesus" and the insightful title track. During hip-hop's "golden era" in the early '90s, Schoolly D's gangsta style began to wane in popularity and his 1994 comeback album, WELCOME TO AMERICA, eschewed samples in favour of a full live hardcore band.