Category: Hip-Hop


N.T.C.

ntcN.T.C. (short for Nathan & T.C.) were a hip-hop\R&B duo from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Bellmark Records & DCT Productions.
try-my-loveIn 1993, they released their debut single “Try My Luv.” It’s unknown how or if the single appeared on the music charts at all.
the-journeyIn 1994, N.T.C. released their debut (and only) album ” The Journey (A Quest 4 Luv).” It’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts.
saving-my-luv-4-youThe follow-up single from the album “Saving My Luv 4 U” also didn’t chart, but a music video was made for the single.

After that, it seems as if N.T.C. has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the duo are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Try My Luv,” go to:

To see the music video for “Saving My Luv 4 U,” go to:

St. Juste

st-justeSt. Juste was a female hip-hop artist from the 2000s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Columbia Records in 2003.
5-dollarsIn 2004, she released the single “5 Dollars.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts.

According to Last.fm, St. Juste was supposed to release her debut album “The Confession Booth” (which was described as “genre-bending”), but it ended up getting shelved due to the label massively reconstructing itself.

These days, it’s unknown what St. Juste is up to these days and it appears as if she has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “5 Dollars,” go to:

prophet-jones
Prophet Jones was an hip-hop\R&B group from Washington, D.C. that consisted of Patrick “P” Rowe, Kevin “K.D.” Jackson, Tony “Hollywood” Dumas and Jerome “Goldee” Lattisaw (who is also known as the brother of R&B singer Stacy Lattisaw). Both Tony and Jerome were members of the short-lived ’90s R&B group, Me-2-U.

After Tony and Jerome hooked up with music producer Kevin Jackson, they saved up enough money to record a 7-song demo which was sent to several record companies. Haaq Islam (the president & CEO of the University Records label) was looking for an R&B quartet to sign to the record label and invited Jerome & Tony to come to New York.

When they arrived in New York, the record company was expecting a quartet because of the way Tony & Jerome sang. Later on, Kevin and Patrick were added to the group, making it a quartet.
prophet-jones-albumIn 2001, the group released their only self-titled album which peaked at #86 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
cry-togetherThe lead single from the album “Cry Together” peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 16 weeks) and #50 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

Prophet Jones gained exposure by opening up in shows for artists such as Mya, Eve, Sisqo and Ruff Ryders.

The two follow-up singles from the album “Woof” & “Lifetime” failed to make any impact on the charts and the group later disbanded.

These days, Patrick Rowe is pursuing a solo career and is the owner of his own apparel design business, Smook. It’s unknown what Tony, Kevin and Jerome are up to these days and it appears as if they’ve faded into obscurity.

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

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

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

The Sonarphonics

super-breakerThe Sonarphonics were an electro\hip-hop music duo that consisted of James McCauley and Rick Fields. Not much information is given about them, but they released two singles during the ’80s.

In 1984, they released their first single “Super Breaker” on Bound Sound Records. It’s unknown how much impact on the song made on the charts.
attack-planet-bassAfter the release of their debut single, nothing much was heard from the Sonarphonics until 1988 when they released the single “Attack On The Planet Of Bass” on Pandisc Records. Like their first single, it’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it seemed as if the Sonarphonics faded into obscurity. These days, James McCauley appears to still be active in the music business, writing & producing. As for Rick Fields, it’s unknown what he’s up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Attack On The Planet Of Bass,” go to:

Young Black Teenagers

young-black-teenagersThe young Black Teenagers (or YBT) was a hip-hop\rap group from Long Island, New York that consisted of members DJ Skribble (born Scott Ialacci on October 10, 1968 in Queens, New York), Kamron (born Ron Winge), First Born, Tommy Never and ATA (whose real name is Rodney).

Despite the name of the group, neither of the members were black and their name was intended to be a tribute to the black culture that they were influenced by which had some people believe the name to be either ridiculous or offensive.

The group formed in 1989 and were supported by rap group Public Enemy & their producer Hank Shocklee, who signed them as the first act on his record label, SOUL (which stands for Sound of Urban Listeners) Records.
ybt-albumIn 1991, the Young Black Teenagers released their self titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
loud-hard-to-hitThe only single to chart from the album “Loud and Hard to Hit” peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.

The follow-up singles from the album “Nobody Knows Kelli” (which was about TV character Kelly Bundy from the FOX network sitcom “Married…with Children”) and “To My Donna” (which was an attack on Madonna for using the rhythm track of Public Enemy’s song “Security of the First World” for her hit song “Justify My Love”) didn’t chart at all.

After the release of their debut album, Tommy Never left the group and the Young Black Teenagers were left with 4 members (with member A.T.A. contributing more vocally).
dead-enzIn 1993, the Young Black Teenagers released their sophomore (and last) album “Dead Enz Kidz Doin’ Lifetime Bidz” which peaked at #158 on the Billboard 200 and #56 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
tap-the-bottleThe first single “Tap the Bottle” became the group’s only hit song to date, peaking at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #73 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks).
roll-with-flavorThe follow-up single “Roll with the Flavor” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, but missed the Hot 100.

After that, the Young Black Teenagers were supposed to release their third album, but due to a conflict of interest with their producer and their management, it ended up being shelved and in 1994, the group disbanded.

These days, DJ Skribble is a resident DJ at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has also appeared on various MTV shows, released several mix albums and has worked for radio stations Hot 97 and WKTU.

Kamron is the co-founder of the Marksmen in Manhattan, New York, producing music for television commercials, films, video games and artists such as Ice Cube, 50 Cent, Jill Scott and Jerry Wonder. He also works at the Geejam Studios as a senior audio engineer.

A.T.A. currently works as a manager and a clothing entrepreneur.

First Born is the owner of a tattoo shop called Ringleaderz Ink in Brooklyn, New York.

After Tommy Never left the group, he worked with Clivillés + Cole in The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. and these days, he runs a wealth management firm in New York.

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

To see the music video for “Loud and Hard to Hit,” go to:

To see the music video for “Roll with the Flavor,” go to:

To see the music video for “Nobody Knows Kelli,” go to:

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

Domino

dominoDomino (born Shawn Antoine Ivy in 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a male hip-hop rapper who first gained success on the music charts in the 1990s. In the early ’90s, he was a member of gangsta rap group Blood & Crips.
getto-jamIn 1993, Domino released his debut single “Getto Jam” which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 20 weeks) and topped Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart. It also charted at #4 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song sold over 500,000 copies and was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 5, 1994.
domino-93In December of that same year, he released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart. In March of 1994, it was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Although his debut album was well-received by critics, it was believed that Domino had stolen rapper Snoop Dogg (who was called Snoop Doggy Dogg back then) style.
sweet-potatoe-pieThe follow-up single from the album “Sweet Potatoe Pie” peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #12 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #13 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

Two more singles from the album “Money is Everything” and “Long Beach Thang” were released, but didn’t make the charts.
tales-from-hoodIn 1995, Domino was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Tales From the Hood” with the title track which managed to peak at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #51 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
physical-funk-albumA year later in June of 1996, Domino released his sophomore album “Physical Funk” which peaked at #152 on the Billboard 200 and #34 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart. By the time his next album was released, Domino’s popularity began to wane.
physical-funk-singleThe title song peaked at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 (becoming Domino’s last chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date), #11 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #46 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
so-flyThe second single released from the album “So Fly” peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

In 1997, Domino released two albums “The World of Dominology” and “Domino’s in the House”, but neither album appeared to gain a lot of attention or made the Billboard charts at all.
remember-meIn 1999, he released his fifth album “Remember Me” which also didn’t appear to generate a lot of success either.
d-freaked-itIn 2001, Domino released his sixth album “D-Freaked It” which missed the Billboard 200, but peaked at #95 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
like-thatThe only single from the album to chart was “Like That” which managed to peak at #112 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #88 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks.
dominationAfter that, not much was heard from Domino until 2004 when he released his seventh album “Domination” which flopped, failing to make any impact on the charts at all.
get-it-rightThese days, it appears as if Domino is still active in the music business. He released his latest album “Get It Right” in 2014.

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

To see the music video for “Sweet Potatoe Pie,” go to:

To see the music video for “Money is Everything,” go to:

To see the music video for “Long Beach Thang,” go to:

To see the music video for “Tales From the Hood,” go to:

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

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

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

M.C. Latina

m-c-latinaM.C. Latina was a female hip-hop artist from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Heat Wave Records.
r-5232221-1396461848-1311In 1993, she released her only album to date “Get To You.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

Two of her songs “Dance to the Music” and “Your Boyfriend’s a Freak” was featured on a promotional 12-inch single (which also features Dr. Dre and the World Class Wreckin’ Cru’s song “House Calls”) that was released during that same year.

After that, it seems as if M.C. Latina has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Your Boyfriend’s a Freak,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Dance to the Music,” go to:

Akia

27028510_800_800Akia was a female R&B\hip-hop singer from the early 2000s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Universal Records.
californiaIn 2002, Akia released her debut single “California.” It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted or if it made any impact whatsoever.
AtruprncssA year later in 2003, she released her debut (and only) mini-album “Atruprncss.” It’s unknown how or if the album made any impact at all.
still miss youHer follow-up single “I Still Miss You” flopped and after that, it seems as if Akia has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s currently up to these days.

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

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

Ms. Jade

ms jadeMs. Jade (born Chevon Young on August 3, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female hip-hop rapper from the 2000s. She grew up in a section of Philadelphia called Nicetown.

While growing up, she competed in local high school talent shows (even winning one of them). After graduating from high school in 1997, Ms. Jade attended beauty school for two years and after beauty school, she began writing songs and did back-up vocals at a local studio.

By 1999, Ms. Jade had recorded tracks of her own and a year later, she auditioned for rapper Missy Elliott which lead Missy to call music producer & artist Timbaland and she was signed to a record deal to Timbaland’s Beatclub Records label.

In 2001, she appeared on Missy Elliott’s third studio album “Miss E… So Addictive” and Timbaland & Magoo’s album “Indecent Proposal.” During that same year, Ms. Jade went into the studio to record her first album.
big headIn 2002, Ms. Jade released her debut single “Big Head” (featuring Timbaland) which flopped on the R&B charts, peaking only at #106 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
feel the girlThe follow-up single “Feel the Girl” (featuring R&B singer Tweet) peaked at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #52 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 10 weeks), making it Ms. Jade’s only highest chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date.
ching chingThe third single “Ching, Ching” (featuring Timbaland and pop singer Nelly Furtado) peaked at #114 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #41 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks).
girl interruptedIn November of that same year, she released her debut album “Girl Interrupted” which peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart. She later went on tour with Ludacris & Nelly Furtado

Ms. Jade also appeared on tracks by artists such as Pastor Roy & Slum Village along with appearing on Tweet’s album “Southern Hummingbird” and on the remix version of Nelly Furtado’s song “Turn Off the Lights.”
million dollar babyLater on, Ms. Jade would part ways with Timbaland and not much was heard from her until 2007 when she released her mixtape “Million Dollar Baby.” In 2008, she released new music on her MySpace page with songs such as “Cha Cha 2008” and “A Milli Freestyle.” She also appeared on the remix to Beyonce’s song “Diva.”
straight no chaserIn 2010, she released a song and music video called “Blowin’ Up” featuring rapper Freeway. During that same year, she released her second mixtape “Straight No Chaser.”
dear summerSince then, it appears that Ms. Jade continues to be active in her music career. Most recently in 2016, she released her new mixtape called “Dear Summer.” It’s unknown when or if she’ll release a new album anytime soon.

To follow Ms. Jade on Twitter, go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Feel the Girl,” go to:

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

Here are a few bonus videos of songs featuring Ms. Jade:

To see the music video for Pastor Roy’s song, “Are We Cuttin’,” go to:

To see the music video for Slum Village’s song “Disco,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for the remixed version of Nelly Furtado’s song “Turn Off the Light,” go to:

Lady Sovereign

lady sovereignLady Sovereign (born Louise Amanda Harman on December 19, 1985 in Wembley, London, England) is an English female hip-hop rapper from the mid-2000s.

She grew up in a council estate called the Chalkhill Estate with her parents, her older sister and younger brother.

Lady Sovereign began writing her own raps when she was 14 years old and uploaded them to a So Solid Crew Internet fan forum where she met her longtime DJ, Frampster.

Two years later, she dropped out of school and landed a gig acting an educational film about the life of an up-and-coming MC. Lady Sovereign was able to convince the producers of the film that she could create a soundtrack for it and her demos landed in the hands of music producer Medasyn.
the battleIn 2003, Lady Sovereign appeared on Medasyn’s single “The Battle” which propelled her into the spotlight.

A year later, she released two solo singles “A Little Bit of Shh!” and “Ch Ching. Along with releasing her own music, she made guest-appearances on various artists’ tracks.

In 2005, Lady Sovereign signed a record deal with Def Jam Records after freestyling for rapper Jay Z and she became the first non-American female to ever be signed to the label.
vertically challengedIn November of that same year, she released her debut EP “Vertically Challenged” on Chocolate Records.
randomThe lead single from the EP “Random” was released and managed to peak at #73 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for only a week.
hoodieLady Sovereign’s follow-up single “Hoodie” peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart, fairing better than her previous single.
blah blahIn April of 2006, she released her second EP “Blah Blah” and the title song was supposed to be released as a single, but those plans were cancelled in favor of a new single.
nine2fiveIn May of that same year, she was featured on the Ordinary Boys’ song “9 to 5” which became a moderate hit, peaking at #33 on the U.K. Singles chart.
love me or hate meIn October of that same year, Lady Sovereign released the single “Love Me or Hate Me” which became her biggest hit to date, peaking at #26 on the U.K. Singles chart.

It also crossed over to the United States where it peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100, #41 on the Billboard Pop 100 and #27 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, selling over 750,000 copies. The music video became the first video by a British rap artist to hit number one on MTV’s “TRL”.
public warningOn October 31, 2006, Lady Sovereign released her debut album “Public Warning” which peaked at #48 on the Billboard 200 chart.

When the album was released in the U.K. in 2007, it peaked at #58 on the U.K. Albums chart.The album received positive feedback from critics and sold over 250,000 copies in the US & 300,000 copies worldwide.
those were the daysThe last single from the album “Those Were the Days” flopped, failing to make any impact on the U.S. or international music charts at all. After performing at the Coachella Festival, Lady Sovereign cancelled her performances to work on her follow-up album & prepare for future touring.

In 2009, Lady Sovereign revealed on her official website that she would be releasing her second album independently after a dispute with her record label.
so humanIn February of that same year, she released the lead single from her second album “So Human” which managed to peak at #38 on the U.K. Singles chart and #36 on the ARIA Singles chart in Australia.
jigsawOn April 6, 2009, Lady Sovereign released her sophomore album “Jigsaw” under her own record label, Midget Records. The album failed to chart at all on the U.K. Albums chart, but managed to peak at #11 on the ARIA Urban Albums chart in Australia.

In September of 2009, Lady Sovereign was arrested for assault and drunk & disorderly conduct while she was in Brisbane, Australia for the Parklife Festival. She was ordered to pay a fine of $400 and had to pay the bouncer she assaulted $200 in compensation.

After her arrest, nothing much was heard from Lady Sovereign until 2010 when she appeared on “Celebrity Big Brother 7” where she later became the third cast member to be voted out of the house. During that same year, she formally came out as a lebsian in the press.

After that, Lady Sovereign disappeared from the public eye and had seemingly faded into obscurity, but according to research, she was busy producing new music & playing English football as well. She later reported that health issues kept her out of the recording studio and out the public eye.

Since then, it’s unknown whether or not Lady Sovereign will be returning to the music scene anytime soon.

To follow Lady Sovereign on Twitter, go to:

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

To see the music video for “A Little Bit of Shhh,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “Love Me or Hate Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Those Were the Days,” go to:

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

As a bonus, here is the video for “Nine2Five” (with the Ordinary Boys):