Category: 90’s


One Cause One Effect

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One Cause One Effect were a male-female hip-hop\rap duo that consisted of Terrance “One Cause” Davis and Treasure “One Effect” Shields Redmond from Meridian, Mississippi.

The duo met in high school and after graduating, they moved to California, hoping to become successful. After meeting MC Hammer, Terrance became a back-up rapper for him which lead to a record deal with Capitol Records.
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In 1990, they released their debut album “Drop the Axxe” which peaked at #51 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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The duo released their first single “Turntable Genius” which failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
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The second single from the album “Up With Hope, Down With Dope” peaked at #77 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
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The last single from the album “Midnite Lover” (featuring B Angie B) peaked at #58 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the hart for 11 weeks, becoming One Cause One Effect’s highest chart appearance on the R&B chart to date.

Later on, Treasure extensively worked with MC Hammer protegees, Oaktown 3-5-7 on their sophomore album, co-writing songs & providing backup vocals. Terrance and Treasure eventually left the music business & went their separate ways.

Terrance moved back to Meridian where he works as an occasional music producer & a water meter reader. Treasure moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she works as an assistant English professor and a published poet.

To see the music video for “Up With Hope, Down With Dope,” go to:
http://www.artistdirect.com/video/one-cause-one-effect-up-with-hope-down-with-dope/43176

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

DBG’z

imageDBG’z (which stands for Dank Brew Gunz) is a hip-hop group from Detroit, Michigan were a hip-hop trio.
imageIn 1993, they released their only album “P’hissed Off” on Bust It Records. It’s unknown how or if it ever charted.
imageThe only charting single from the album was “Bang Bang Boogie” which peaked at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #99 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
imageThe follow-up single from the album “Body Lika M.F.” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
imageDBG’z released one last single “Gotta Be Me” in 1994 before fading into obscurity. It’s unknown what they are up to these days.

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

To see the music video for “Body Lika M.F.,” go to:

imageCosmic Slop Shop was a rap trio from Oakland, California that consisted of Big Lurch (born Atron Singleton on September 15, 1976 in Fort Worth, Texas), Doonie Baby (born Marvin Selmon) & Rick Rock (born Ricardo Thomas).

Their name comes from Funkadelic’s 1973 album “Cosmic Slop.” The trio met at Slop Shop Studios in the San Francisco Bay area. Music producer James Mtume signed them to his record label in the summer of 1998.
imageIn 1998, Cosmic Slop Shop released their debut (and only) album “Da Family” which didn’t make any album charts.
imageThe only single to chart form the album was “Sinful” which peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #66 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

By 1999, Cosmic Slop Shop disbanded. Rick Rock became a music producer, producing music for artists such as Busta Rhymes, Will Smith, E-40, Xzibit and Erick Sermon.

In 2002, Rick and Doonie Baby formed a rap group called The Federation in which they released two albums before disbanding in 2007.

Unfortunately, Big Lurch’s career took a dark turn; on April l0, 2002, he brutally murdered his girlfriend in Los Angeles, California. In November of 2003, he was sentenced to life in prison and is currently incarcerated.

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

Big Mack

imageBig Mack (born Mack R. Commer Jr. from San Francisco, California) was a rap artist from the ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Fatt Sak Records.
imageIn 1995, he released his debut (and only) album “A Better Way.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.
imageThe only single released from the album was “Microphone.” It’s unknown how or if it made the charts at all.
imageIn 1998, he released the single “Doin’ It Live” which peaked at #88 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if Big Mack faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he’s up to these days.

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

 

All City

imageAll City was a rap duo from Brooklyn, New York that consisted of members J. Mega and Greg Valentine.
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imageThe duo was formed in 1993 after they performed at the Lyricist Lounge. They released two singles “Who Dat?” in 1995 and “Move on You” in 1997. It’s unknown how each of them charted.

All City later caught the attention of rap group Onyx who helped them get a record deal with MCA Records.
imageIn June of 1998, they released the lead single from their upcoming debut album “The Actual” which peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #48 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks, making it the duo’s only hit song to date.
imageIn September of that same year, they released a follow-up single “The Hot Joint” which missed the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #93 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
imageIn October of 1998, All City released their only album “Metropolis Gold” which peaked at #42 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #18 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.
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imageTwo more promotional singles from the album “Ded Right” and “Metrotheme” failed to make any impact on the charts.

After that, All City disbanded. These days, it appears that Greg Valentine continues to perform, but it’s unknown what J. Mega is up to these days.

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

To see the music video for “The Hot Joint,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Move On You,” go to:

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

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

Basic Black

imageBasic Black was an R&B group from the ’90s based in Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of members Darryl “Dezo” Adams, Kelvin “K.B.” Bradshaw, Walter “Mucho” Scott and Lloyd “Spec” Turner. They were managed by Gene Griffin (the uncle of Teddy Riley and the former manager of R&B group Guy).
imageIn 1990, Basic Black released their self-titled debut which peaked at #178 on the Billboard 200 and #24 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageTheir first single “She’s Mine” peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #17 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks, making it the group’s highest chart appearance on the R&B charts to date.
imageThe second single from the album “Nothing But a Party” peaked at #26 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
imageBasic Black’s last chart appearance was with their last single “Whatever it Takes” which peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

After that, it appeared that Basic Black disbanded as Dezo Adams went on to join another short-lived R&B group called ARB (which was also created by Gene Griffin).

By the mid 1990s, Dezo was working with Teddy Riley and helped remix Teddy’s group, Blackstreet’s song “Fix.” He later became the lead singer of yet another short-lived music group called 911. It’s unknown what he’s currently up to.

Walter Scott went on to produce & write music for artists such as MC Lyte, Case, Riff, Blackgirl, Lateasha, Case, Keith Sweat & Amerie.

As for Lloyd Turner, it appears as if he resides in Atlanta, working as a music producer & an on-air radio personality. It’s unknown what Kelvin Bradshaw is up to these days.

To see the music video for “She’s Mine,” go to:

To see the music video for “Nothing But a Party,” go to:

To see the music video for “Whatever It Takes,” go to;

Extra Prolific

imageExtra Prolific was an alternative hip-hop duo from Oakland, California that consisted of rapper Duane “Snupe” Lee and DJ\producer Michael “Mike G.” Gray. They were the second subgroup of rap group Hieroglyphics and they signed a record deal with Jive Records.
imageIn October of 1994, they released their debut album “Like It Should” which peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and #46 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe album was unsuccessful and the only single to chart from the album was “Brown Sugar” which peaked at #41 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.
imageThe follow-up single “First Sermon” failed to make any impact on the charts at all. They were also featured on the soundtrack to the film “A Low Down Dirty Shame” with the track “In Front of the Kids.”

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imageSome time after that, Mike G left the group, but Snupe continued to release music under the “Extra Prolific” name, releasing two cassettes: “2 for 15” in 1996 and “Master Piece” in 1998.

These days, it’s unknown what Snupe and Mike G are up to and it appears as if they faded into obscurity.

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “In Front of the Kids,” go to:

imageCultural Revolution were a female R&B duo from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Epix Soundtrax record label.
imageIn 1993, they released the single “Nite & Day” which was featured on the movie soundtrack to “Poetic Justice.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

Some time after that, the duo disbanded & faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the ladies of Cultural Revolution are up to these days.

To see the music video for “Nite & Day,” go to:

imageMista Grimm (born Rojai Trawick on August 21, 1973 in West Covina, California) is a male rapper from the ’90s. He was signed to Epic Records’ sub-label, 550 Music.
imageIn 1993, he released his debut single “Indo Smoke” (which was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Poetic Justice” which starred Janet Jackson & the late Tupac Shakur).

The song peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #40 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #63 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on thhe chart for 12 weeks.

imageIn 1995, Mista Grimm released his second single “Situation: Grimm” (which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Higher Learning”) which only charted at #97 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
imageDuring that same year, he had completed work on his debut album “Things Are Looking Grimm” that was supposed to be released that summer, but after the lead single from the album “Steady Dippen” flopped, the album ended up being shelved, although promotional copies of it appear to exist.

Mista Grimm made appearances on albums by artists such as DJ Pooh, T-Bone and Warren G., but soon faded into obscurity. These days, he resides in Reno, Nevada, is married and appears to have a child. It’s unknown if he’s still active in the music business.

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

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

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

Rabeez

imageRabeez was a hip-hop\dance trio from the 90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Robbins Entertainment record label.
imageIn 1997, they released their only single “Beat Don’t Stop.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Rabeez has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what they’re up to these days.

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