Steve Yano

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Steve Yano was a nikkei from Whittier, California who would become one of the most influential Japanese American hip hop figures in Southern California for his table at the Roadium Swap Meet in Torrance during the early eighties. He was a vendor at both the Vermont and Roadium Swap Meets located in Gardena, California in the ’80s and ’90s. He and his wife Susan Yano sold vinyl records, cassette tapes (mixtapes) and airbrushed t-shirts. Steve Yano employed Tony A., Artie T, Paulie and Carlos Luque (Cee One) to work for him. Steve Yano introduced Eazy E. to Dr. Dre, which later formed into the iconic rap group N.W.A.