Category: 90’s


Rick Wes

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Rick Wes (born Craig Gendreau) was a former pop singer from the early ’90s. He was discovered by Maurice Starr (who was well known for working with groups such as New Edition, New Kids on the Block and Perfect Gentlemen). nsewIn 1990, Rick released his debut album “North, South, East and Wes” on Columbia Records. The album was a flop, failing to make the Billboard music charts at all.nsewsingledontchuwannarockEven “Entertainment Weekly” named Rick’s debut album the worst album of 1990. The title song and “Don’tchu Wanna Rock” were released as singles, but they failed to make the Billboard charts at all. possessionIn 1991, Rick released his sophomore album “Possession” which like his debut album flopped as well. After that, it seemed as if Rick had faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

To see the music video for “North, South, East and Wes,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpo2NcKcPwE

To see the music video for “Don’tchu Wanna Rock,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKNi_6-FEro

3 Shades Brown

3 Shades Brown were a 90s R&B\hip-hop trio that consisted of former Jesse Johnson backup singer, Kim Cage, rapper Christi Thornton and backup singer, Leah Johnson. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Interscope Records. In 1992, the trio released their only album, “Stronger Than Strong” which managed to peak at #98 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart in June of that same year.

They released only one single, “Nasty Bass” which went nowhere on the charts and after that, it seemed as if 3 Shades Brown has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Sexy Things You Do,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9y4n-8u9bA

To see a fan-made video for “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pccU1U1orQg

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Fight the Feeling,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z94g2iSdgs

To see a fan-made video for “It’s My Thang,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxTvwzdrIR4

4-Fun

4-Fun were a pop\R&B boy band from the 90’s. Not much information is given about them, but they released only one album on EastWest Records America.

In 1991, they released their debut album, “The Unbelievable Fun Boys” which failed to make the charts at all.

Their only single, “You Can’t Play Me” also flopped and after that, it seems as if 4-Fun has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see the music video for “You Can’t Play Me,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tQgk_SSM_A

The Gablz

The Gablz were an R&B trio from Los Angeles, California that consisted of members George Alston, Willie Cotton and Samuel Johnson.

Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Warner Bros. Records. In 1997, they released their self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted.

Their only single “Shookie Shookie (Gimme Some Of Your Sweet Cookie)” managed to peak at #94 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if the Gablz have faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for “Shookie Shookie (Gimme Some Of Your Sweet Cookie),” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTovMBDSLlc

 

[updated on 08-17-12]

skillz

Skillz were a short-lived female R&B group from the 90’s that came and went as soon as they arrived on the music scene. The members consisted of Kim Jefferson, Dena Bacon, Charlotte Hardnett, Renita Maiden, and Dena Hardeman.

In 1995, they released their debut album “Promises” on Raging Bull Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted.

In November of that same year, their only single, “Just Fa My Man” peaked at #69 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if Skillz had faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see the music video for “Just Fa My Man,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5sH7NGinN0

 

[updated on 08\17\13]

Tammy Lucas

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Tammy Lucas was a dance/R&B singer-songwriter that started her singing career in the ’80s. She has written songs for artists such as the Gyrlz, Starpoint, Blackstreet, SWV, Frankie Knuckles and Andre De Lange.

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In 1986, she released the single “Hey Boy” on Supertronics Records. The song managed to peak at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

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In 1992, Tammy was featured on Teddy Riley’s single “Is it Good to You” from the “Juice” movie soundtrack which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.. She even co-wrote the song with Teddy.

Tammy made vocal appearances on songs by artists such as Guy, Starpoint, Heavy D. & the Boyz, Wreckx-N-Effect, A Tribe Called Quest, Noreaga, Guru, Cuban Link, Jeremy Sylvester, N.E.R.D., Blackstreet, Dirty South, and Heather B.

These days, it is unknown what Tammy Lucas is doing today. It appears she has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Hey Boy,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jm-3SDEcTg

To see the music video for “Is it Good To You,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtD1Agy1dtg

 

[updated on 08-17-13]

D’LaVance

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D’LaVance (born Darren LaVance Sullivan in Los Angeles, California) was an R&B singer from the mid-’80s/early ’90s.

Not much information is given about him, but he produced music for artists such as Lateasha, the Jets, Klymaxx, Bernadette Cooper, Body, Troy Hinton, Angela Winbush, J.T. Taylor and Art Madison. beenwaitingforkiss

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In the mid-’80s, D’LaVance released two singles “I Been Waiting For a Kiss” (in 1984) and “Beat Around the Bush” (in 1985) on Tuckwood Records. It’s unknown how or if the singles ever charted. albumIn 1990, D’LaVance released his self-titled album. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. 20120316-121336.jpg

The single, “Itchin’ in My Pants” charted at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. doesitfeelgoodThe follow-up single “Does It Feel Good” failed to make the charts at all. These days, D’LaVance is the owner of his own publishing company Beat Seekers Music and a producer at Song Industry Music. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To see a fan-made video for “Beat Around the Bush,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNfhDpEfjs0

To see a fan-made video for “Itchin’ in My Pants,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qSMRPeE5F4

To see a fan-made video for “Does It Feel Good,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVG6rMNesC4

 

 

[updated on 08-17-13]

Menajahtwa

Menajahtwa were a female rap duo from Compton, California that consisted of members Spice and Royal T. They first made their debut on the late Eazy-E’s EP, “Home 4 tha Sick” in 1992.

In August of 1994, the duo released their self-titled debut album on Ruthless Records. The album failed to make any of the Billboard album charts. The two singles released from the album: “La La La” and “Giv Tha Azz 2 No 1″ failed to chart at all.

Even though their debut album flopped, Menajahtwa still stayed together, appearing on Eazy-E’s song, “Gangsta Beat 4 Tha Street” in 1995 and Adina Howard’s song, “Swerve On” in 1997. After “Swerve On” was released, Menajahtwa disbanded and faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see the music video for “La La La,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWTGPFXLTZI

Art N’ Soul

Art N’ Soul were an R&B trio from Oakland, California that consisted of singer\bassist Tracy, keyboardist Latrel, and drummer Dion.

In 1996, the trio released their debut album, “Touch of Soul” which peaked at #27 on Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart and #36 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The first single and Art N’ Soul’s highest chart appearance to date, “Ever Since You Went Away” peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in February of 1996, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.

The follow-up single, “All My Luv” missed the Hot 100 and peaked at #72 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in August of 1996, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. After that, it seemed as if Art N’ Soul had faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Ever Since You Went Away,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOLtdXd4i9s

To see the music video for “All My Luv,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H86JeGD6_IU

 

[updated on 07\15\12]

Jasmine Guy

Jasmine Guy (born on March 10, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts) is well-known for her role as Whitley Gilbert on the NBC television sitcom, “A Different World,” but what some people may or may not know is that she had a solo music career.

In 1990, Jasmine released her self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. Records. The album peaked at #143 on the Billboard 200, #38 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #32 on Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart.

Her first single, “Try Me” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks, but it missed the Billboard Hot 100.

The second single from the album, “Another Like My Lover” peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

The third single, “Just Want to Hold You” became Jasmine’s highest chart appearance on the Hot 100, peaking at #34 on the chart and #27 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

The last single, “Don’t Want Money” failed to chart. After that, Jasmine continued acting in television, movies, and stage. In August of 1998, Jasmine married Terrance Duckett and a year later, their daughter Imani was born. In 2008, Jasmine and Terrance divorced due to “irreconcilable differences.” Jasmine and her daughter now live in Atlanta.

In 2005, Jasmine wrote a book called “Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary” which is about the late Tupac Shakur’s mother. The book received critical acclaim.

During the spring of 2006, Jasmine spoke to the graduating class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and revealed that she would be releasing a new album. She also stated that the music business was the worst out of all the entertainment industries and intended to release the album independently, but the album has yet to be released.

These days,  Jasmine is the executive director of the True Colors Theatre Company along with contributing to the company on-stage as well. She also portrayed the role of Grams on the CW network series “The Vampire Diaries.”

To see the music video for “Try Me,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT_1z61reTE

To see the music video for “Another Like My Lover,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtWGM8Nj9OM

To see the music video for “Just Want to Hold You,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qHtlNGKZkM

[updated on 11\21\13]

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