Category: 90’s


Jon B.

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Jon B. (born Jonathan David Buck on November 11, 1974 in Rhode Island) is an R&B singer/songwriter. He was raised in Pasadena, California and comes from a musical family: his father David, a professor of music, his mother Linda, a concert pianist, his sister Deborah, a violinist and his brother Kevin, a cellist. Even his grandparents owned a record store.

Jon B. began singing when he was four years old and by the time he was nine, he learned to play the piano and keyboard. At the age of sixteen, Jon started playing the bass and drums.

In 1992, Jon B. was shopping his demos around which caught the eye of Tracey Edmonds (the then-president and CEO of Yab-Yum Records and the wife of R&B singer/songwriter Babyface). He was contracted as a songwriter & wrote songs for artists such as Toni Braxton, After 7, Michael Jackson and Color Me Badd. bonafideOn May 23, 1995, Jon B. released his debut album “Bonafide” on Yab Yum/Sony 550/Epic Records which peaked at #79 on the Billboard 200, #24 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart. someonetoloveThe first single from the album “Someone to Love” featuring Babyface became a hit, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #12 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #37 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart and #7 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 29 weeks.

The song gained a lot of exposure especially when it was featured on the movie soundtrack to “Bad Boys.” It was even nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.”

prettygirlThe second single from the album “Pretty Girl” peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, #29 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #9 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #21 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

A promotional single “Isn’t It Scary” managed to peak at #66 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. Jon B’s debut album was certifiied platinum after spending almost an entire year on the Billboard 200. coolrelaxOn September 16, 1997, Jon B. released his sophomore album “Cool Relax” which peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album was praised as one of the best R&B albums of 1997 and was certified double platinum. dontsayThe first single from the album “Don’t Say” peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, #29 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #34 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. The music video for the single featured actress Sanaa Lathan as the love interest. areustilldownThe second single from the album “Are U Still Down” featuring late rapper Tupac Shakur, which peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, #18 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #9 on Billboard’s Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 48 weeks. theydontknowThe third single “They Don’t Know” became Jon B.’s biggest hit to date, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 42 weeks. The song also peaked at #32 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The single sold over a million copies and Jon B. even performed the song in an episode of the WB sitcom “Sister Sister” where he starred as himself.  The song was later interpolated in Kirko Bangz’s single “Keep It Trill” and Chris Brown’s single “Don’t Think They Know” featuring late R&B singer Aaliyah. idowhatchasayThe fourth single “I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)” peaked at #117 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #18 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. The title song was released as a single, but didn’t make the charts at all.

At the 1998 Billboard Music Awards, Jon B. received five nominations and a Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Male Single for “They Don’t Know/Are U Still Down.”

While he was on tour promoting “Cool Relax,” Jon B. formed a group with tw0 0f his back-up singers Dominiquinn and Silky Deluxe called Jack Herrera. A full album “Retro Futuristo” was put together, but it was never officially released, however two tracks from the project were released: “Free To Believe” was featured on the “Light It Up” movie soundtrack and “High Off You” was featured on the “Red Star Sounds, Vol. 1: Soul Searching” album.

pleasuresulikeOn March 20, 2001, Jon B. released his third album “Pleasures U Like” which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. donttalkThe only single released from the album was “Don’t Talk” which peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #21 on Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. The song also managed to peak at #29 on the U.K. Singles chart. nowimwithyouA promotional single “Now I’m With You” was released, but it failed to make the Billboard charts at all. Despite the album’s well received reception and being certified Gold, lack of promotion led Jon B to leave Epic Records after the album’s release. strongereverydayThree years later on October 5, 2004, Jon B. released his fourth album “Stronger Everyday” on Sanctuary Records (whcih became his first album released on an independent record label).

The album managed to peak at #140 on the Billboard 200 and #17 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album’s original title was “Everyday Struggles” and was originally recorded under DreamWorks Records, but the label folded in early 2004 before Jon B. got a chance to release any material. lately everytimeThe singles “Lately” and “Everytime” didn’t appear to make the Billboard charts at all. Music videos were shot for “Lately” and the remix version of “Everytime” featuring rapper Beenie Man.

The album was critically well-received, but didn’t receive a lot of promotion. Jon B. later left Sanctuary Records in late 2005. The album was able to sell 200K units due to video play, touring, support on iTunes and good word of mouth. In 2006, Jon B. signed a record deal with Arsenal Records. holidaywishesOn November 14, 2006, Jon B released a holiday album entitled “Holiday Wishes: From Me To You.” The album contained covers of Christmas classics and original compositions. During that same year, Mexican pop band RBD released a cover version of Jon B.’s song “Tu Amor” as the first single from their English-language album “Rebels.” helplessromanticOn October 28, 2008, Jon B. released his sixth album “Helpless Romantic” which peaked at #109 on the Billboard 200 chart, #10 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #11 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

The album was a concept album that revolved around his recent marriage to his new wife. It was recorded at Jon B’s personal recording studio/record label Vibezelect Studios in Pasadena, California. It would be his last album released on Arsenal Records.

The first single “Ooh So Sexy” featuring rapper Paul Wall peaked at #98 on Billboard’s Hop Songs chart, staying on the chart for only a week. The album received no promotion and no music videos were shot or promoted as well.

Jon B. collaborated with Paul Wall on the song “Tonight” off Paul’s 2007 album “Get Money Stay True.” In 2009, he was featured on rapper Invincible’s song “A Soldier Never Dies” which was dedicated to fallen Marine Anthony Vargas.

comfortableOn February 14, 2012, Jon B released his sixth album “Comfortable Swagg” on his independent record label Vibezelect Inc.

The first single released from the album was “Only One.” On February 16, 2012, Jon B. released the video for the song on YouTube. On the album, his brother Kevin plays bass on the the tracks “Comfortable Swagg,” “Amnesia” and “Fill Your Cup” (in which he also played the cello on the song). bsidesIn January of 2013, Jon B. released a compliation album “B-Sides Collection” which features tracks that didn’t make the final cut on his albums.

To see Jon B’s official website, go to:
http://www.jonbworld.com/

To see the music video for “Someone to Love,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3geit04i9DY

To see the music video for “Pretty Girl,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed07nmnpfSE

To see a fan-made video for “Isn’t It Scary,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–gz2CGXEcE

To see the music video for “Don’t Say,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeiLZuPI9-s

To see the music video for “Are U Still Down,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qurhsou1_nk

To see the music video for “They Don’t Know,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5pD4nBabMk

To see the music video for “I Do (Whatcha Say Boo),” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClmnYnUQUZo

To see the music video for “Don’t Talk,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDM-XA0-8g4

To see a fan-made video for “Now That I’m With You,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVlsxVIjIfA

To see the music video for “Lately,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeeIvBmaP7E

To see the music video for “Everytime,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtGz5j4jRCI

To see a fan-made video for “Ooh So Sexy,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Kln0BIMHk

To see the music video for “Only One,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC0NloMifaQ

Da King & I

da king and iDa King & I were a male hip-hop/rap duo that consisted of MC Izzy Ice (born Isadore Francois) and DJ Majesty (born Roderick Wiggins). soulmanIn 1988, they released the single “Soulman” on Scottfree Records under the name “Izzy Ice and DJ Majesty.”  In 1992, the duo signed to Rowdy Records. flipdascriptIn November of that same year, the duo released their debut single “Flip da Scrip.” The single didn’t appear to make the Billboard charts at all. contemporaryjeepmusicOn July 13, 1993, Da King & I released their only album “Contemporary Jeep Music.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

Even though the album received positive reviews, the album was a commercial failure due to the success & popularity of gangsta rap music. krakdaweasel tearsThe follow-up singles “Tears” and “Krak da Weasel” were released, but didn’t make the charts at all.

In the mid-’90s, Roderick Wiggins wrote & produced music for artists such as Missy Elliott, Elusion, SWV, Rufus Blac and Before Dark. It’s unknown what he or MC Izzy Ice are up to today.

To see the music video for “Flip Da Script,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPVOvPqxuRQ

To see the music video for “Tears,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYnLz6Xkgzk

To see the music video for “Krak da Weasel,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLHdAU_Wk1U

To see a fan-made video for “Soulman,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NsBBiFJwmc

Nightcat

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Nightcat (born Jacqueline Tavarez in the Dominican Republic) was a female pop/dance singer from the early ’90s.

Jacqueline moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was only two years old. At the age of sixteen, she left home to finish high school. By the time she was 21 years old, Jacqueline landed a record deal.

Nightcat was created by Marvel Comics’ creator Stan Lee who wanted to develop a female superhero who crossed over into the real world and she was also a singer. In 1991, Marvel Comics released a one-shot comic book of “Nightcat” and hired Jacqueline to embody the character in real life. nightcatalbumDuring that same year, Nightcat released an album on LMR Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts. numberonehouseruleThe only single released from the album was “#1 House Rule” which failed to make any music charts at all.

After the Nightcat album and comic flopped, Jacqueline was fired and she claimed the reason for it was that she appeared in a music video by Joey Buttafuoco (also known as Amy Fisher, the Long Island Lolita’s ex-lover).

According to the Isle of Deserted Pop Stars, Jacqueline appeared nude in the film “Tromeo & Juliet.” These days, she now goes under the name “Jacqueline Love” and poses on Naked.com.

To see a fan-made video for “#1 House Rule,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-hfE009MKM

Trina & Tamara

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Trina & Tamara (born Trina & Tamara Powell in Gary, Indiana) were a R&B duo from the ’90s. They are the sisters of R&B singer Jesse Powell.

The girls were featured on Something For the People’s hit single “My Love is the Shh!” in 1997. They were also featured on the 1998 movie “Ride” soundtrack with the song “No One.” trinatamaraalbumIn 1999, Trina & Tamara released their only self-titled album which peaked at #99 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. whatdyoucomehereforTheir only charting single from the album was “What’d You Come Here For?” which peaked at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. joanneThe follow-up single “Joanne” failed to make the Billboard charts at all. Trina & Tamara wrote the song “Sunday Morning” for R&B group Eternal’s 1999 self-titled album and provided vocals on the track “You Got the Damn Thing” for R&B singer Olivia’s 2001 debut album.

These days, it’s unknown what the Powell sisters are up to these days and it seems as if they’ve faded into obscurity like their brother Jesse.

To see a fan-made video for “What’d You Come Here For?,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pao-dZvDrQQ

To see a fan-made video for “Joanne,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6569pTFQW54

Jesse Powell

jessepowellJesse Powell (born on September 12, 1971 in Gary, Indiana) is an R&B singer from the ’90s/’00s. His two sisters Trina & Tamara were also singers as well.

Jesse grew up in a musical family and performed local talent shows. In 1993, he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his musical dreams. He got his big break after meeting Silas Records’ founder Louil Silas Jr. at an artist showcase and was offered a record deal. jpowell96In 1996, Jesse released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #35 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #32 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. allineedThe first single from the album “All I Need” peaked at #113 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #32 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. gloriaThe follow-up single “Gloria” peaked at #119 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #51 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. boutitIn 1998, Jesse released his sophomore album ” ‘Bout It” which peaked at #63 on the Billboard 200, #15 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. wasntwithitThe first single “I Wasn’t With It” peaked at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #25 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. youThe follow-up single “You” became Jesse’s biggest hit to date, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #27 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 32 weeks.  boutitboutitThe last single released from the album ” ‘Bout It, Bout It” didn’t appear to make the Billboard charts at all. jpIn 2001, Jesse released his third album “JP” which peaked at #71 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. ifiThe first single from the album “If I” peaked at #58 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. somethinginpastThe follow-up single “Something in the Past” peaked at #67 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. jesse03In 2003, Jesse released his last self-titled album to date which peaked at a low #85 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. bythewayThe single “By the Way” flopped, peaking at #99 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for only a week.

After that, it seemed as if Jesse faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he is up to or if he plans on releasing a new album anytime soon.

To see the music video for “All I Need,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcv-wrLTbZU

To see the music video for “Gloria,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYllqxhfLyA

To see the music video for “I Wasn’t With It,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8KHi9NyqjY

To see a fan-made video for “You,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hRnpw7XsC4

To see the music video for ” ‘Bout It, ‘Bout It,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq-RHo4_7wg

To see the music video for “If I,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4juoPhg2Q8s

To see the music video for “Something in the Past,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvrJ8oOd8jA

To see a fan-made video for “By the Way,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9kzAUYj1cI

Ladeez 1st

ladeezfirstLadeez 1st was an R&B music act from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to RCA Records.

In 1993, Ladeez 1st released the single “There From the Start” which peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot R&B Singles chart. The song appeared to be a response song to R&B group Shai’s hit song “If I Ever Fall in Love Again.”

After that, it seems as if Ladeez 1st faded into obscurity. They never released an album and nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for “There From the Start,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jL-wkOWtms

nationfunktasiaThe Nation Funktasia was a hip-hop/funk music band from the Bay Area in California that consisted of members Bambi (born Susan Verdejo), Ink Penn (born Thomas Anthony Penn), Coool Aid (born Von Carter) and E Equals Theory (born Eric Burn). insearchIn 1991, the band released their only album “In Search Of The Last Trump Of Funk” on EastWest Records America. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. antifunkyworldThe first single from the album “Anti Funky World” peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. movemeThe follow-up single “Move Me” peaked at #88 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.

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

To the music video for “Anti Funky World,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICD02Pyx5O8

To see a fan-made video for “Move Me,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8wL-AHXay4

Julie

julieJulie was a freestyle singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Tazmania Records. onelastkissIn 1995, she released the single “One Last Kiss.” It’s unknown how or if the single ever made the charts.

These days, it seems as if Julie has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see a fan-made video for “One Last Kiss,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceEH8JYVxts

withallmyheartHeaven was a female freestyle/dance trio from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Classified Records.

In 1995, they released their only single “With All My Heart.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts.

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

To see a fan-made video for “With All My Heart,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGFOtFNIklY

rockell
Rockell (born Rachel Alexandra Mercaldo on March 4, 1977 in Long Island, New York) is a female freestyle/dance singer.

She was discovered in a bar while singing along to a recording of “Killing Me Softly With his Song” which caught the attention of music producer Ewart A. Wilson, Jr. ifellinloveIn 1996, Rockell released her debut single “I Fell in Love” which peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. In Canada, the song peaked at #8 on the Canadian Singles chart. inadreamIn 1997, she released her second single “In a Dream” (which was originally sung by girl group First Kiss and later by freestyle singer Josette). The song peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, #13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #6 on the Canadian singles chart. whatareyoulookinatOn April 28, 1998, Rockell released her debut album “What Are You Lookin’ At?” on the Robbins Entertainment record label. The album peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart. cantwetryRockell’s third single, a cover version of Dan Hill & Vonda Shepard’s song “Can’t We Try” featuring male freestyle singer Collage, peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song became Rockell’s highest chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date. whenimgoneThe last single from the album, a cover version of Albert Hammond’s song “When I’m Gone” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, but missed the Hot 100. instantpleasureOn October 10, 2000, Rockell released her sophomore album “Instant Pleasure” which didn’t appear to make the Billboard album charts. thedanceThe first single from the album, a cover version of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” failed to make the music charts at all. whatudid2meThe second single “What U Did 2 Me” peaked at #27 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. tearsThe third single from the album “Tears” peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

After that, nothing much was heard from Rockell until 2005 when she released the single “L.O.V.E.” which received some dance radio airplay, but it’s unknown how or if it made the charts. playinmyloveIn the spring of 2007, Rockell recorded a single called “Playin’ My Love” and it was sent to dance/rhythmic format radio in July of that same year. In November of that same year, a freestyle remix by Salsation 3 was released. A nationwide tour with several dance artists including Joe Zangie was later announced. keepmehanginonAlso in November of that same year, Rockell released a dance cover version of the Supremes’ song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” on Odeon Records in Canada.

On June 3, 2009, Rockell released a duet single called “When I Want You Back” featuring Joe Zangie. During that same month, she released a dance cover version of Donna Summer’s song “On the Radio.”

In 2012, Rockell signed a new management deal with BlackCole Entertainment and in December of that same year, she released the single “Turn Up the Heat.” Rockell continues to be active in the music business and recently performed at the Freestyle Explosion 2013 concert.

To see a fan-made video for “I Fell in Love,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKYC4rZMf-A

To see a fan-made video for “In a Dream,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCoF1Y0L7bs

To see a fan-made video for “Can’t We Try” (featuring Collage), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lja0XcG8JZI

To see a fan-made video for “When I’m Gone,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA_zM5DzM3k

To see a fan-made video for “The Dance,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HAuTGi8OvE

To see the music video for “What U Did 2 Me,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA0NgST6Jnw

To see the music video for “Tears,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1-UE5Dj3wM

To see a fan-made video for “L.O.V.E.,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CdF8cZjNxg

To see a fan-made video for “Playin’ My Love,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Un8oyclcAg

To see a fan-made video for “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLi4n40hjsE

To see a fan-made video for “When I Want You Back” (featuring Joe Zangie), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0qQAwhry4

To see a fan-made video for “On the Radio,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-T6h4-iP_U

To see a fan-made video for “Turn Up the Heat,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5rmp-Tcqa0

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