Category: 2000s


G. Dep

g depG. Dep (born Trevell Gerald Coleman on November 19, 1973 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York) is a male rapper from the 2000s. His stage name is short for “Ghetto Dependent”.

Growing up, G. Dep was raised by his grandmother in the James Weldon Johnson Housing Projects. After meeting Sean “Diddy” Combs in 1998, he was signed to a $350,000 five-album deal with Bad Boy Records. In 1999, he was featured on two tracks on Black Rob’s album “Life Story.”
child of ghettoIn 2001, he released his debut album “Child of the Ghetto” which peaked at #106 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
let's get itHis first single “Let’s Get It” (featuring P. Diddy and Black Rob) peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart & #18 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks and became G. Dep’s only appearance on the Hot 100 chart to date.
special deliveryThe follow-up single “Special Delivery” missed the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #59 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. Due to the less than stellar sales of G. Dep’s debut album, he was dropped from Bad Boy Records.

After the release of his debut album, G. Dep struggled with an addiction to PCP and had been convicted & served time in prison for robbery. Since 2003, he had been arrested for not only robbery, but also for drug offenses & grand larceny.
bad boyIn 2007, G. Dep and rapper Loon released a collaboration album called “Bad Boy” on Siccness Records. It’s unknown how successful the album was.
ghetto legendIn 2010 (nine years after his debut album was released), he released his sophomore album “Ghetto Legend” on Famous Records.

In December of that same year, G. Dep turned himself into authorities where he confessed to murdering a man in Queens in 1993. In May of 2011, he was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the murder.

To see the music video for “Let’s Get It,” go to:

To see the music for “Special Delivery,” go to:

Cheri DennisCheri Dennis (born on August 23, 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a female R&B singer who was signed to Bad Boy Records in the 2000s. She was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Before going solo, Cheri was a member of a music group called Spoiled. After Spoiled disbanded, she moved to New York where she began her recording career.

In the late ’90s, she provided vocals for rapper Mase’s album “Double Up”, was featured on albums for Puff Daddy (now called Diddy) & was featured on several mixtapes.
freakIn 2004, Cheri released her debut single “Freak”. It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts at all.
i love youA year later in 2005, she released the single “I Love You” which peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in 2006, staying on the chart for 22 weeks, becoming her highest charting single on the Billboard charts to date.
portrait of loveHer follow-up single “Portrait of Love” (featuring rappers Yung Joc and Gorilla Zoe) peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

Originally, the song was released under the title “Portrait” featuring only Yung Joc, but after it was leaked, the song title was changed & Gorilla Zoe was added to the song.
CheriDennisInAndOutOfLoveOfficialIn November 2007, Cheri’s debut album “In and Out of Love” was released exclusively on iTunes and the physical album was released in February of 2008 where it peaked at #74 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
pretendThe third single from the album “Pretend” (featuring hip-hop artist Maino) flopped and only peaked at #116 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. Another song from the album “Ooh Ooh” peaked at #116 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles due to high download sales.

After that, nothing much was heard from Cheri and it appeared as if she seemingly faded into obscurity, but these days, she still continues to be active in the music business, performing under the name Cheri Coke.

To follow Cheri on Twitter, go to:

To follow Cheri on Instagram, go to:
https://www.instagram.com/_cheridennis/

To see Cheri (now Cheri Coke)’s Soundcloud page, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Freak,” go to:

To see the music video for “I Love You,” go to:

To see the music video for “Portrait of Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Pretend,” go to:

Bayje

BayjeBayje [pronounced “beige”] (born Brittany Doray from Syracuse, New York) is a female pop\R&B singer that first made her presence in the music business in the 2000s.

She got her stage name from her mother after tearfully coming home from school & asking her, “If I’m not black and I’m not white, what am I?” and her mother responded with, “You’re beige.”

Growing up, Bayje was exposed to various types of music from her parents. After winning a karaoke contest at a local radio station, she began performing and at the age of 12, she was discovered by talent manager Bill Herndon, who became her manager & signed her to a production deal.
greatest giftAfter over 4 years of trying to get a record deal, Bayje finally signed a deal with Atlantic Records when she was just 16 years old. In 2006, she released her debut single “The Greatest Gift.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any charts at all, but it was released on iTunes.
stepup2In 2008, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Step Up 2 The Streets” with the track “Impossible.”
find a wayDuring that same year, she released the single “Find a Way” which received some moderate feedback, but didn’t appear to make any music charts at all. During that time, she created an online PSA campaign called “Find Your Way to Extraordinary” which provided a platform for teens to share about the issues in their lives.

Baye was supposed to release her debut album sometime around 2009, but due to personal issues, she severed ties with her record label & went on to take a two-year hiatus.

By the 2010s, Bayje (who currently goes under the name Kat Doray) became an independent music artist. In 2012, she released a music video for her song “A Broken Home.”

big bad wolfIn 2015, she released the single “Big Bad Wolf” which has received. As of 2016, she appears to still be working on new music, working with The Rookies production team out of New Jersey.

 

 

To see Kat Doray’s Reverbnation page, go to:

To see Kat Doray’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/KatDoray/

To see the music video for “Find a Way,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Greatest Gift,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Impossible,” go to:

To see the music video for “A Broken Home,” go to:

To see the music video for “Big Bad Wolf,” go to:

To see the music video for one of Bayje’s songs “No Happy Ending,” go to:

Deemi

DeemiDeemi (born Tahu Jessica Aponte on December 2, 1980 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York) is a female R&B singer\rapper\songwriter\record producer from the 2000s. She is also known as “The Hoodz Princess.”

Deemi first began singing as a young child. When she was 7 years old, she won a neighborhood talent show, singing Whitney Houston’s song “Greatest Love of All.” In her teen years, she attended Manhattan’s Talent Unlimited High School.

When she was just 17 years old, she gave birth to her son, Nathan & transferred to a new school. A year later, Deemi gave birth to her daughter, Felicity and ended up dropping out of school, but later returned to get her GED.

In 1998, Deemi met with music producers Chris Styles and Bruce Waynne, who helped her create a demo. She later relocated to Richmond, Virginia with her children’s father where she encountered verbal & physical abuse by him.

In 2000, she and her children moved back to New York. Four years later, her children’s father was shot to death after being released from prison on drug charges.

Deemi later met with producer Waynne “Bruce Waynne” Nugent (of music production team Midi Mafia) and signed a record deal with Atlantic Records.
soundtrack of my lifeIn 2007, she released her debut single “Soundtrack of My Life” which didn’t appear to make any music charts, but received radio airplay & was even featured on Wendy Williams’ mixtape “Brings The Heat Vol. 1.”
on the radioA follow-up single “On the Radio” peaked at #113 on Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

Deemi’s debut album was supposed to be released in July of 2007, but due to unknown reasons, the album was shelved & she left Atlantic Records, seemingly fading into obscurity.

In 2013 (after taking a long hiatus), Deemi began uploading new songs of her YouTube account, but it’s currently unknown whether or not she plans on releasing an album.

To see Deemi’s YouTube page, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/user/HOODSPRINCESS07/videos

To see the music video for “Soundtrack of My Life”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “On the Radio,” go to:

To see a video of Deemi performing on “Showtime at the Apollo,” go to:

Lonnie Gordon.jpgLonnie Gordon (born on November 8, 1965, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female dance\pop\R&B singer who scored a couple of dance hits during the ’90s. She moved to the Bronx, New York when she was young.

In the early ’80s, Lonnie began performing around the Harlem area in clubs as the lead singer of a band called Nythjar. After she met her husband, she moved to England in the late ’80s and took time off from the music business to care for her daughter.

In 1988, she continued her singing career singing lead vocals for club-oriented music acts such as Deja Vu, Offshore and most notably, Quartzlock.
pleasure controlIn 1989, Lonnie contributed lead vocals to Simon Harris’ cover version of On the House’s song “(I’ve Got Your) Pleasure Control” which peaked at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart and also managed to chart in the United States, peaking at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The single attracted the attention of record label Supreme Records, who offered Lonnie a record deal in 1989.
it's not overDuring that same year, she released a cover version of First Choice’s song “Let No Man Put Asunder” under the title “It’s Not Over (Let No Man Put Asunder”) which only peaked at #91 on the U.K. Singles chart, but did not chart in other countries.
happenin' all over againIn 1990, Lonnie’s second single “Happenin’ All Over Again” (with whom she worked with British songwriting\producing trio Stock Aitken & Waterman) peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and was successful in other countries such as Australia, France, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany & New Zealand.

When the song’s re-recorded version was released in the United States, it peaked at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100, #31 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in November of 1993.
beyond wildest dreamsLonnie’s song “How Could He Do This To Me” was supposed to be a follow-up single, but it was scrapped & never released until years later, so it was replaced with the song “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams” which peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart.
if i have to stand aloneIn 1991, Lonnie released her debut album “If I Have to Stand Alone”. The album received a limited release in Europe, Japan and Australia (where it peaked at #173 on the ARIA Albums chart), but due to her last two singles flopping on the charts, the album was never released in the United Kingdom.
stand aloneThe title song managed to peak at #68 on the U.K. Singles chart and #147 on the ARIA Charts in Australia.
gonna catch yaIn 1991, Lonnie flew to Italy where she recorded the song “Gonna Catch You” (which was written by Italo house music group Black Box). When the song was released a single, it became a top 40 hit in the U.K., peaking at #32 on the chart.

The song (which was released as her debut single in the U.S.) was featured on the soundtrack to the Vanilla Ice film “Cool As Ice” which managed to peak at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in October of 1991. The single would be Lonnie’s last release on Supreme Records & she would later sign with SBK Records.
bad moodIn 1993, Lonnie released her sophomore album “Bad Mood”. It’s unknown how or if it made any album charts at all.
bad mood singleThe title song topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in July of 1993.
do you want itAnother single from the album “Do You Want It” peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
dirty loveIn 1996, Lonnie released the single “Dirty Love” on Geffen Records which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
if you really love meIn 1997, she worked with European dance producers P.O.F., Roland Michael and Demetrius Ross to remix a cover version of Stevie Wonder’s song “If You Really Love Me” which peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
no regretIn 2000, Lonnie released a compliation album called “No Regret” on the Centaur Music, Inc. record label.
he lives in youThe lead single, a cover version of Lebo M.’s song “He Lives In You” was released, but didn’t make the charts.

In 2002, Lonnie starred as the lead vocalist & narrator for Cirque Du Soleil in an act called “Zumanity” in Las Vegas, Nevada. After leaving Cirque Du Soleil, she returned to London, England where she toured with a U.K.-based company called Allaboutdivas.com.

In 2007, she formed her own record label called Gordon Records, releasing four compliation albums on the label.

In 2012, she launched a one-woman show called “No Apologies: Who Said Life Was Easy”. In 2014, she released the singles “When I Think About Sex (I Think of You)” and “Horny.”

These days, Lonnie appears to still be active in the entertainment business as a singer, performer, actress, painter & vocal coach.

To see Lonnie’s official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/lonniegordonpage/

To see a video of Lonnie performing “It’s Not Over (Let No Man Put Asunder),” go to:

To see the music video for “Happenin’ All Over Again,” go to:

To see the music video for “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams,” go to:

To see the music video for “If I Have to Stand Alone,” go to:

To see the music video for “Gonna Catch You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Bad Mood,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Do You Want It,” go to:

To see the music video for “Dirty Love,” go to:

To see the music video for “If You Really Love Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “He Lives in You,” go to:

To see the music video for “Horny,” go to:

China Prynz

China PrynzChina Prynz (real name Frances Pryzbyl) was a female freestyle\dance singer from the 2000s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to High Power Records.
China Prynz ‎– C'est La VieIn 2000, she released her only single “C’est La Vie.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if China Prynz has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the 2000s.

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beu sistersThe Beu Sisters (born in New York City) are a pop music girl group that originally consisted of sisters Candice, Jilaine, Christie & Danielle. Their parents were Broadway veterans.

Born in New York, the sisters and their family moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida in 1989. In 1997, the sisters recorded a homemade demo. Outside of music, Candice is skilled in art (particularly in drawing & painting), Jiliane did costume design and Christie was a champion surfer.

By the end of the ’90s, they formed an a cappella music group and later opened for artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Bad Company, John Anderson & Daryle Singletary. They were later discovered by songwriter Desmond Child who helped sign them to a record deal with S-Curve Records.
decisionsIn 2002, the Beu Sisters released their debut album “Decisions”. It’s unknown how or if the album charted it all, but it received positive reception from critics.
seventeenThe only single released from the album was “I Was Only (Seventeen).” Like the album, it’s unknown how or if the single made the music charts at all.

Throughout the early\mid-2000s, the Beu Sisters appeared on various movie & TV soundtracks such as “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” “Home on the Range,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “Because of Winn Dixie,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Smallville” and “Charmed.”

The group was also well-known on the Disney Channel, performing at Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl & Disneymania In Concert.” They also opened for singers Kelly Clarkson & Clay Aiken on a 32-city tour.

The Beu Sisters later signed an entertainment deal with Sony\Columbia Records, but due to unknown delays, their deal didn’t pan out quite well, so they decided to take a break from the music business.

During their hiatus, the sisters found themselves waiting tables, teaching vocal lessons, gardening, cleaning homes and starting families of their own, but they still continued to perform music.

In 2012, the Beu Sisters (minus Jilaine) made a comeback to the music scene and released three EPs: “Beu-tiful” Volumes 1, 2 & 3. These days, the sisters continue to perform as a trio.

(Note [05\10\2017]: This week, I received a comment from one of the Beu Sisters, Candice and this is what she had to say:
Hello there….I’m a Beu Sister! Just wanted to say thank you for creating this for us. Just found it today as I was recounting tales from years gone by to my 9 yr old. This page had everything summarized so concisely. Very nice job. Wondering how you found us? Were you a former fan-friend? I’ve been in the process of writing a memoir & creating a little Indi documentary about my big show biz family’s time in the limelight. So nice to know that even in our obscurity our contributions to the music industry have not been completely lost or forgotten. Again, much appreciation, love & light to you -Candice Beu“)

To follow the Beu Sisters on Facebook, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/BeuSisters/

To see a video for the Beu Sisters appearing on MTV, go to:

To see the music video for “Definition of a Lady” (from the “Beu-tiful Volume 1 EP), go to:

To see the music video for “Daze” (from the “Beu-tiful Volume 2 EP), go to:

To see the music video for their song “Everything Will Be Alright” (from the “Beu-tiful Volume 3 EP), go to:

To see the music video for “Anytime You Need a Friend” (from the “Home on the Range” soundtrack), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You Make Me Feel Like a Star” (from the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” soundtrack, go to), go to:

Mul-Ty

mul tyMul-Ty was an R&B singer from the early 2000s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Universal Records.
R-7943100-1452126371-2848In 2002, he released his only album to date “Made 4 Love.” It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted at all.

After that, it seems as if Mul-Ty has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since the 2000s.

To see a fan-made video for “Made 4 Love,” go to:

Dana Glover

dana gloverDana Glover (born on October 14, 1974 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is a female pop singer-songwriter & pianist from the 2000s.

Dana resided in Asheville, North Carolina as a child and when she was 16 years old, she went to Manhattan, New York to pursue a modeling career. At the age of 18, she decided to pursue a career in music and first became a piano player in Nashville, Tennessee and then later in Los Angeles, California.

In 2001, Dana recorded the song “Plan On Forever” which was featured on the soundtrack to the Jennifer Lopez film “The Wedding Planner” and was later featured on the soundtrack to the film “Shrek” with the song “It Is You (I Have Loved).”
testimonyIn October of 2002, she released her debut album “Testimony” on DreamWorks Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all in the United States, but it managed to peak at #43 on the U.K. Albums chart.
thinking over

rainThe lead single from the album “Thinking Over” peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, #22 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart and #38 on the U.K. Singles chart. The follow-up single “Rain” peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.

After that, Dana appeared on various soundtracks for films such as “Two Weeks Notice,” “Laws of Attraction” and “Blueprint.” In 2010, she was featured on saxophonist Dave Koz’s album “Hello Tomorrow” on the track “Start All Over Again.”

In 2012, Dana arranged & sang vocals on four tracks on Leonard Cohen’s album “Old Ideas” and was featured on his 2014 album “Popular Problems.” These days, she appears to still be active in the music business & in 2016, she was featured on another one of Leonard Cohen’s albums “You Want it Darker.”

To see the music video for “Thinking Over,” go to:

To see the music video for “Rain,” go to:

Little-T And One Track Mike

Little-T and One Track MikeLittle-T (born Timothy Sullivan) and One Track Mike (born Michael Flannery) were a hip-hop group from New Jersey. Other members of the group consisted of keyboardist Dan “Shank Bone Mystic” Saks, bassist Jesse “Savior” Saul and percussionist Jason “J Ride” Riddle.

Timothy & Mike first met in 1998 while attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey when Little-T was looking for someone to help him launch a career as a rapper.

After completing their first demo together, Little-T gave Michael the nickname “One Track Mike.” Their songs became so popular with the students at Rutgers, they began playing shows throughout the tri-state area.

After members of MTV’s “Lyricist Lounge Show” discovered Little-T and One Track Mike performing at the Mercury Lounge in New York City, they introduced them to Lava Records who signed them to a record deal.
shaniquaBefore releasing their debut album was released), the group performed at the last 4 stops of the Vans Warped Tour in 2001. During that same year, they released their first single “Shaniqua” which was moderately successful on MTV and got some airplay on alternative radio stations.
fome is dapeIn late August of 2001, Little-T and One Track Mike released their debut album “Fome is Dape”, but due to the events of September 11, 2001, a record release party for the album was cancelled. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
wingsThe follow-up single “Wings” flopped and after touring for two years with various artists such as Blink 182, Outkast, Green Day & Ben Kweller, the group disbanded in 2002, going their separate ways.

These days, Tim Sullivan performs under the stage name “Time Fite.” Mike Flannery continues to produce music from his project studio in Manhattan, New York along with working as a children’s jingle house under the name “Jumping Giant.”

Dan Saks and Jason Riddle are part of an indie rock band called DeLeon while Jason Riddle went on to pursue other interests.

To see the music video for “Shaniqua,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Wings,” go to: