Trying to Survive in the Ghetto was assembled by Herm Lewis, an activist from S.F.'s Hunters Point neighborhood known for his "stop the violence" benedictions on local rap albums. Far from censorious, Herm created a platform for young gangsta rappers to hone their craft, and a few, such as R.B.L. Posse ("I Got My Nine [9mm]"), Rappin' 4 Tay ("Call It What You Want") and Andre Nickatina ("I Smell Jealousy" with his I.M.P. crew), became significant regional artists. Though not as strong as other releases from the era, Trying to Survive in the Ghetto is a crucial document of '90s Bay Area rap.