Category: Hip-Hop


Little-T And One Track Mike

Little-T and One Track MikeLittle-T (born Timothy Sullivan) and One Track Mike (born Michael Flannery) were a hip-hop group from New Jersey. Other members of the group consisted of keyboardist Dan “Shank Bone Mystic” Saks, bassist Jesse “Savior” Saul and percussionist Jason “J Ride” Riddle.

Timothy & Mike first met in 1998 while attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey when Little-T was looking for someone to help him launch a career as a rapper.

After completing their first demo together, Little-T gave Michael the nickname “One Track Mike.” Their songs became so popular with the students at Rutgers, they began playing shows throughout the tri-state area.

After members of MTV’s “Lyricist Lounge Show” discovered Little-T and One Track Mike performing at the Mercury Lounge in New York City, they introduced them to Lava Records who signed them to a record deal.
shaniquaBefore releasing their debut album was released), the group performed at the last 4 stops of the Vans Warped Tour in 2001. During that same year, they released their first single “Shaniqua” which was moderately successful on MTV and got some airplay on alternative radio stations.
fome is dapeIn late August of 2001, Little-T and One Track Mike released their debut album “Fome is Dape”, but due to the events of September 11, 2001, a record release party for the album was cancelled. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
wingsThe follow-up single “Wings” flopped and after touring for two years with various artists such as Blink 182, Outkast, Green Day & Ben Kweller, the group disbanded in 2002, going their separate ways.

These days, Tim Sullivan performs under the stage name “Time Fite.” Mike Flannery continues to produce music from his project studio in Manhattan, New York along with working as a children’s jingle house under the name “Jumping Giant.”

Dan Saks and Jason Riddle are part of an indie rock band called DeLeon while Jason Riddle went on to pursue other interests.

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

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

wgs
Wessyde Goon Squad was a hip-hop music group from Los Angeles, California that consisted of R&B vocalist\lyricist Babyboy, hardcore rapper\lyricist Berchee and underground rapper Shuv along with producer & DJ Cyrus Melchor. They were signed to Yab Yum Records.
crazyIn 1995, they released their debut single “Crazy.” It’s unknown how or if it made any music charts at all, but Billboard magazine described the single as “laid-back and perpetually cool.”
higherIn 1996, Wessyde Goon Squad released their follow-up (and last) single “Higher” which flopped. The group was supposed to release their debut album “Around The World” sometime during that same year, but it was never released.

After that, not much was heard from Wessyde Goon Squad and it appeared as if they have faded into obscurity, but Cyrus Melchor appears to still active in the music business.

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

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

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: