Divine Sounds were a rap music trio from Brooklyn, New York that consisted of brothers Michael “DJ Mike Music” & Richard “Disco Ritchie” Dowling and Shelton “Shelton D” McCoy. The trio’s name was inspired by DJ Mike Music’s cousin’s involvement with the 5 Percenters.
DJ Mike Music began deejaying during the mid-1970s while in high school. He and Disco Ritchie met Sheldon D. after entering a rap contest in Bedford-Stuyvesant in New York. Before recording music, they were for playing music in Bedford Stuyvesant Lafayette Park.
In 1984, they released their first single “What People Do For Money” which peaked at #44 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #22 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The follow-up single “Changes (What We Go Through)” peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 8 weeks.
In 1985, Divine Sounds released their last single on Specific Records called “How Fast My Money Goes” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
After that, it seemed as if Divine Sounds disbanded. Sheldon-D released two solo singles in 1988 and 1993. Around 2008, DJ Mike Music passed away. These days, it’s unknown what the other members of Divine Sounds are up to and it seems as if they have faded into obscurity.
To see the music video for “What People Do For Money,” go to:
To see a video for “How Fast My Money Goes,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “My Mother,” go to: