The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum (MCLM) and Ultra Wave Media is organizing Project West: The History of West Coast Hip Hop and Its Global Impact initiative. Conceived and curated by award-winning filmmaker (41st & Central: The Untold Story of The Black Panthers), television executive (TVOne's KCi & JoJo: Come Clean), and MCLM artist in residence– Gregory Everett, Project West will chronicle and interpret the history of West Coast Hip Hop and its impact on popular culture globally. The Project West initiative consists of four components– a documentary series, a street & film festival, a collecting and preservation component and a traveling exhibit.
Rodney-O & Joe Cooley are noted west coast hip hop pioneers from Compton, California, best known for tracks such as "Everlasting Bass," "Cooley High," and "This is for the Homies." Rodney-O is a rapper and Joe Cooley is a DJ. The group also included occasional vocals from hype man General Jeff.