City High was an R&B\hip-hop trio that consisted of Ryan Toby (born Maurice Ryan Toby on November 26, 1976 in Willingboro, New Jersey), Claudette Ortiz (born on July 21, 1981 in Willingboro, New Jersey) and Robbie Pardlo.
The group began with Robbie Pardlo signing on as a solo artist, but after Ryan Toby (Robbie’s high school friend) joined the music act, the producers decided to make them into a duo.
Ryan and Robbie were originally signed to Wyclef Jean’s imprint label, Booga Basement as a duo. In order to help City High stand out, Claudette Ortiz was added to the group after she provided vocals on their song “What Would You Do” which was featured on the soundtrack to the 1999 film “Life”.
In February of 2001, City High’s song “What Would You Do” was released as a single with a new mix that contained interpolations of Dr. Dre’s song “The Next Episode” into the track’s bridge.
The song became a hit, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #36 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #13 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 20 weeks) and topped Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.
In May of that same year, City High released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #34 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The trio’s follow-up single “Caramel” (featuring rapper Eve) peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #3 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
The last single from the album “City High Anthem” only peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, but missed the Billboard Hot 100 or any other music charts.
In early 2002, City High shot several mini music video commercials for MTV based on their own songs promoting the 11th season of MTV’s reality series “The Real World”, but by 2003, the trio disbanded, going their separate ways.
These days, Claudette Ortiz stars on the TV One reality series “R&B Divas LA” and is still active in the entertainment business as a recording artist & model.
In 2010, Robbie Pardlo appeared on the A&E Network series “Intervention” where it was revealed that he had been struggling with alcoholism. These days, Robbie is sober and has two children. Currently, he started a gofundme.com account to help raise money to buy new studio equipment.
As for Ryan Toby, he still continues to be active in the music business as a singer, songwriter & executive producer.
To see Claudette Ortiz’s official website, go to:
To see Robbie Pardlo’s gofundme.com account, go to:
To follow Ryan Toby on Twitter, go to:
To see the music video for “What Would You Do,” go to:
To see the music video for “Caramel,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “City High Anthem,” go to: