Category: Rap


KMD

kmdKMD (which stands for “Kausing Much Damage” or “A Positive Kause in a Much Damaged Society”) was a hip-hop music trio from the early ’90s.

The trio originally consisted of rapper\producer Zev Love X (born Daniel Dumile in London, England), his younger brother DJ Subroc (born Dingilizwe Dumile) and rapper Rodan. The three of them were Black Muslims that were active in the Allah Ansaar community.

They formed the group in 1988 in Long Island, New York and first started off as a graffiti crew which also practiced breakdance. Rodan left the group to finish up high school and was replaced by member Onyx the Birthstone Kid (born Alonzo Hodge).

MC Serch (member of the hip-hop group 3rd Bass) met KMD at community functions and recruited them to appear on 3rd Bass’ track “The Gas Face” (from their album “The Cactus Album”). The trio’s guest appearance on 3rd Bass’ album attracted the attention of A&R executive Dante Ross who signed them to a record deal with Elektra Records.
mr hoodIn 1991, KMD released their debut album “Mr. Hood” which peaked at #67 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album heavily sampled old children’s TV shows and recordings.

The first single from the album “Peachfuzz” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, making it their only highest charting single to date. The follow-up single “Who Me?” peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.
bbIn 1993, KMD began recording their follow-up album called “Black Bastards.” The content of the album was different from their previous one as it contained songs centered on drinking, sex and drugs. Onyx the Birthstone Kid left the group during the recording sessions and his verse was taken off the track “Plumskinzz.”

Before the “Black Bastards” album was scheduled to be released, Subroc died in a car accident. Not long after that, Elektra Records dropped KMD from their label. The album’s titled & cover art was too controversial for the label; Zev Love X created the cover art which consisted of a Sambo caricature being hanged in a game of hangman.

Elektra Records instructed Dante Ross to give Zev Love X the master tapes for the “Black Bastards” album and $20,000 as incentive to leave the label. KMD’s sophomore album was heavily bootlegged until 2001 when it was given a formal release by the Readyrock Records record label.

After KMD came to an end, Zev Love X left the music scene until 1997 when he reemerged as hip-hop artist MF Doom where he continues to be active in the music business today.
0ee17e12ee2a3ed833ff9736556e4efc.1000x1000x1In August of 2017, MF Doom released a new KMD track called “True Lightyears” featuring artist Jay Electronica as the first single of an upcoming album called “Crack in Time.”

As for Onyx the Birthstone Kid, it’s unknown what he’s up to these days and it appears as if he has faded into obscurity.

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

To see the music video for “Who Me?,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “What A N***y Knows” (from their “Black Bastards” album), go to:

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tucka da huntamanTucka Da Huntaman (whose real name is Kevin Tucker) is a male hip-hop rapper from the ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Profile Records.
da hunt is onIn 1995, he released the single “Da Hunt Is On/Watch Your Back,” but it didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts.

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

To see the music video for “Watch Your Back,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Da Hunt is On,” go to:

MC Rell & The HouserockersMC Rell & The Houserockers were a hip-hop music act from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but they were signed to the PolyGram Records label.
into the futureIn 1989, MC Rell & The Houserockers released their debut and only album “Into the Future.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The only singles released from the album, the title song and “Life of An Entertainer” didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts.

After that, it seems as if MC Rell & The Houserockers have faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from since the ’80s.

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

To see the music video for “Life of An Entertainer,” go to:

Larry Larr

larry larrLarry Larr (born Lawrence Hill in Logan, Pennsylvania) is a male rapper from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to the Ruffhouse Records label.
Da Wizzard Of OddsIn 1991, he released his debut and only album “Da Wizzard of Odds.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
Larry, That's What They Call MeThe first single from the album “Larry, That’s What They Call Me” peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.
ConfusedThe follow-up single “Confused” peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #87 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for only 3 weeks).
catch the flavaIn 1992, he released the single “Catch the Flava” which featured artist Kid Funkie on the Flava Records label. It’s unknown how much impact the single made at all.
It's The LLarry Larr’s last musical release was the 1993 single “It’s the L” which was released on the Get Paid Records label. After that, it seems as if Larry has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he’s up to these days.

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

To see the music video for “Larry, That’s What They Call Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Catch the Flava,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “It’s the L,” go to:

Paradise (Rapper)

paradiseParadise was a female rapper from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she appeared to be signed to the Solar Records label.
downnggaIn 1992, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Deep Cover” with the track “Down With My N***a” which was releaed as a single. It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.
above rimIn 1994, Paradise appeared on the soundtrack to another film “Above the Rim” with the track “Hoochies Need Love Too.”
gangrelatedParadise’s last music appearance to date was in 1997 on the soundtrack to the film “Gang Related” with the track “Devotion.”

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

To see a fan-made video for “Down With My N***a”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Hoochies Need Love Too,” go to:

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

4 Keeps

4 keepsFour Keeps is a hip-hop female quartet from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Showtime Records.
give it to meIn 1994, they released their only single to date “Give It To Me” which did not appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts, but a music video was made for the track.

After that, it seems as 4 Keeps has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since the ’90s.

To see the music video for “Give It to Me,” go to:

Mellow J

mellow jMellow J (from Miami, Florida) was a male hip-hop rapper from the early’ 90s. Not much information is given about him, but he released singles on the Amran, Backstage and Convertible Records labels.
real white boy from miamiIn 1991, Mellow J released the single “The Real White Boy From Miami” on Amran Records which featured four songs. It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact at all.
shake raddle roll
In 1993, he released his second single “Shake Raddle Roll” on Backstage Records. Like his previous single, it’s unknown how or if it made any impact too.
freak me babyHis last single “Freak Me Baby” (also released in 1993) also flopped and after that, it seems as if Mellow J has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he’s currently up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “It’s About Time” (from “The Real White Boy From Miami” single), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Break It On Down” (from “The Real White Boy From Miami” single), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Freak Me Baby,” go to:

G. Dep

g depG. Dep (born Trevell Gerald Coleman on November 19, 1973 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York) is a male rapper from the 2000s. His stage name is short for “Ghetto Dependent”.

Growing up, G. Dep was raised by his grandmother in the James Weldon Johnson Housing Projects. After meeting Sean “Diddy” Combs in 1998, he was signed to a $350,000 five-album deal with Bad Boy Records. In 1999, he was featured on two tracks on Black Rob’s album “Life Story.”
child of ghettoIn 2001, he released his debut album “Child of the Ghetto” which peaked at #106 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
let's get itHis first single “Let’s Get It” (featuring P. Diddy and Black Rob) peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart & #18 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks and became G. Dep’s only appearance on the Hot 100 chart to date.
special deliveryThe follow-up single “Special Delivery” missed the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #59 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. Due to the less than stellar sales of G. Dep’s debut album, he was dropped from Bad Boy Records.

After the release of his debut album, G. Dep struggled with an addiction to PCP and had been convicted & served time in prison for robbery. Since 2003, he had been arrested for not only robbery, but also for drug offenses & grand larceny.
bad boyIn 2007, G. Dep and rapper Loon released a collaboration album called “Bad Boy” on Siccness Records. It’s unknown how successful the album was.
ghetto legendIn 2010 (nine years after his debut album was released), he released his sophomore album “Ghetto Legend” on Famous Records.

In December of that same year, G. Dep turned himself into authorities where he confessed to murdering a man in Queens in 1993. In May of 2011, he was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the murder.

To see the music video for “Let’s Get It,” go to:

To see the music for “Special Delivery,” go to:

The B.U.M.S.

The B.U.M.S. (Brothas Unda Madness)The B.U.M.S. (which is an acronym for Brothas Unda Madness) were a hip-hop music duo from Oakland, California that consisted of rappers D-Wyze (whose real name D’Angelo Smith) & E-Vocalist (whose real name is Evol Alexander).
elevationIn 1994, they released their debut single “Elevation (Free My Mind)” which peaked at #92 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
Lyfe'N'TymeA year later in 1995, the duo released their only album “Lyfe ‘N’ Time” which failed to chart on the Billboard 200 or any other album charts.
take a look aroundTheir follow-up single “Take A Look Around” also flopped and after that, it seems as if the B.U.M.S. have faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what E-Vocalist & D-Wyze are up to these days.

To see the music video for “Elevation (Free My Mind)”, go to:

To see the music video for “Take a Look Around,” go to:

Tag Team

tag teamTag Team was a hip-hop\pop\rap duo from Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of DC the Brain Supreme (whose real name Cecil Glenn) and Steve Roll’n (whose real name is Steve Gibson).  Prior to the duo’s success,  DC worked as a DJ at a strip club in Georgia.
Whomp! (There It Is)In May of 1993, the duo released their debut single “Whoomp! (There It Is)” which became their biggest & well-known hit song, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #5 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and topped Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart for a week in July of 1993.

The song sold over 4 million copies and has been featured in many TV shows, movies, commercials & played at sporting events as well.

Tag Team also released different variations of the song such as “Addams Family (Whoomp)” (which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Addams Family Reunion”) that managed to peak at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 & “Whoomp! (There It Went)” (which featured Disney characters Mickey, Minnie & Goofy) which also peaked at #97 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Whoomp! (There It Is) albumIn July of 1993, the duo released their debut album “Whoomp! (There It Is)” which peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200 & #28 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

u go girlThe follow-up single from the album “U Go Girl” peaked at #85 in Australia, but failed to chart in the United States.Here It Is! BammIn 1994, they released the single “Here It Is, Bam!” which peaked at #75 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks, but missed the Hot 100.
Audio EntertainmentIn 1995, Tag Team released their sophomore album “Audio Entertainment” which flopped, failing to make any impact on the music charts at all. During that same year, they contributed the song “Pig Power” for the 1995 film “Gordy.”

In 1997, Tag Team’s record label, Bellmark Records faced a lawsuit over the sampling of their song “Whoomp! There It Is” which sampled a beginning synthesizer line from music act Kano’s 1980 song “I’m Ready”.  Bellmark paid several hundred dollars to settle the lawsuit and ended up filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

After that, it seemed as if Tag Team faded into obscurity.

After Tag Team came to an end, DC continued to DJ in strip clubs, but later dabbled in voice acting, photography & online marketing.

As for Steve Roll’n, he was convicted in 1998 for selling marijuana and sent to prison. He was released in January of 2001 & later formed a record label called Merciless Music. These days, he is divorced with a daughter.

To see the music video for “Whoomp! (There It Is),” go to:

To see the music video for “Addams Family (Whoomp!),” go to:

To see the music video for “Whoomp! (There It Went),” go to:

To see the music video for “U Go Girl,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Here It Is, Bam!”, go to:

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

To see the music video for “Funkey Situation” (from their sophomore album), go to: