Duice was a 90s’ hip-hop music duo that consisted of Ira “L.A. Sno” Brown (from Compton, California) and Anthony “Creo-D” Darlington (from Barbados).
L.A. Sno has a strong gospel background and sang in a church choir. He was also a former military medical photographer. Creo-D was a rap group in high school.
The two of them met while they were enlisted in the military and later decided that it might be fun to get into rap music.
In 1992, they released their first single “Dazzey Duks” which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #29 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #10 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #19 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The single was originally released on a small Southern label, Tony Mercedes Records. With club play, the song became a regional hit which caught the attention of Bellmark Records.
Within months of the single’s release, it was certified gold & platinum status before reaching double-platinum status on January 27, 1994, with sales of over two million copies.
The song also peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1993.
In 1993, Duice released their debut (and only album) “Dazzey Duks” which peaked at #84 on the Billboard 200, #26 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart.
The follow-up single from the album “Duice is in The House” failed to make the Billboard charts at all. By 1995, the duo disbanded.
Later on, L.A. Snow (along with Playa Poncho) produced the gold-certified single “Whatz Up Whatz Up” for the first So So Def Bass All-Stars project.
He also produced & co-wrote the first single for the LaFace Records Bass project “And Then There Was Bass” & later B-Rock and the Biz’s song “My Baby Daddy.”
In 1994, Creo D released his first solo single entitled “Watch Out Now.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all. In 1996, he released the single “Jook.” In 1999, Creo D was featured on 12 Gauge’s single “Dawg Call (Who Let Da Dawgs Out)” featuring Kidd Money and DJ Smurf.
These days, L.A. Snow continues to be active in the music business. It’s unknown what Creo D is up to these days.
To see the music video for “Dazzey Duks,” go to:
To see the music video for “Duice is in the House,” go to: