Category: 90’s


The Nation Funktasia

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

JG

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JG (from Chicago) was a male hip-hop rapper from the ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he signed to Gasoline Alley Records.

In 1993, he released the single “Put Down the Guns.” Despite the music video for the single receiving some airplay, the single didn’t appear to make the charts.

After that, it seems as if JG has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since the ’90s.

To see the music video for “Put Down the Guns,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD9OFn9-8nY

eve
Ebony Vibe Everlasting (or E.V.E.) was a female R&B group from the ’90s that consisted of Gina Gomez, Edie-May Grant, Jenisa Garland and Mia Ambrester. Gina and Mia had each pursued solo careers before joining the group. goodlifeIn 1994, the group released their debut (and only) album “Good Life” on MCA Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts. grooveofloveThe first single “Groove of Love” peaked at #75 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks and #14 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart. goodlifesingle triparoundbodyThe follow-up singles, the title song and “Trip Around Your Body” didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts.

E.V.E. released their last single “We Are Family” in 1995 before fading into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from the group since.

To see the music video for “Groove of Love,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGkXao0EGqs

To see a fan-made video for “Good Life,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcLg9sJM1wg

To see a fan-made video for “Trip Around Your Body,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPSiU7HhPE

Mendy Lee

mendyleeMendy Lee was a female R&B singer from the late ’80s/early ’90s. She has done vocals for artists such as Bunny DeBarge, Natalie Cole, Thomas Dolby and Martika. youfindmeanothermanIn 1987, Mendy released her first single “You (Find Me Another Man)” on Joz Records. It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts. callmybluffwishingonastarA year later, Mendy released two more singles “Call My Bluff” and “Wishing on a Star” which also didn’t appear to make the charts. mendyleealbumIn 1990, Mendy released her self-titled debut album on Jacksons Records. The album didn’t appear to generate much success. Her last musical appearance was on Masterboy’s 1991 single “I Need Your Love.”

After that, it seems as if Mendy Lee has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

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Mister McGee

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Mister McGee was a male R&B singer from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Fraternity Records.

In 1992, he released his only single “You’re What I’m Lookin For/Sue.” It’s unknown how or if it made the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Mister McGhee has faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from him since.

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Rick Wes

 rickwes
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

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