Category: Rap


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:

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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:

Overweight Pooch

Overweight PoochOverweight Pooch (born Tonya Davis from Phoenix, Arizona) was a female hip-hop rapper from the early ’90s. Her stage name was derived from her childhood nickname & she was signed to A&M Records.
Female PreacherIn 1991, she released her only album to date “Female Preacher.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
i like itOverweight Pooch scored a hit with the song “I Like It” (that featured vocals by singer CeCe Peniston) which peaked at #58 on the U.K. Singles chart and #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

Her follow-up singles “Ace is a Spade” & “Hip House Party” didn’t fare so well on the charts. These days, it’s unknown what Overweight Pooch is up to and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity.

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

To see the music video for “Ace is a Spade,” go to:

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:

Bullets & Gunsmoke (BAGS)

bullets-gunsmokeBullets & Gunsmoke (or BAGS) were a rap group from Harlem, New York. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Maurice Malone’s record label, Hostile Takeover, Inc.
murda-n-da-hoodIn 1995, they released a twelve-inch EP called “Murda N Da Hood.” It’s unknown how or if the EP made much impact at all.
dances-with-wolvesTwo years later in 1997, Bullets & Gunsmoke released a promotional single called “Dances With Wolves.” Like the group’s EP, it’s unknown how or if the single ever charted at all.
r-1706327-1239824327It wasn’t until 1999 that the group’s song “Ballaz 4 Life” managed to peak at #96 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
halem-niggasBullets & Gunsmoke’s last single to date “Halem Niggas” was released in 2000, but it’s unknown if it charted at all. After that, it seems as if the group has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of Bullets & Gunsmoke are up to these days.

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