Category: Rap


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):

Velore & Double-O

velore & double oVelore & Double-O (whose real names are Aaron Carter and Purcell Beale) were a male hip-hop\rap music duo from the ’80s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Virgin Records America, Inc. record label and previously recorded music under the name “Ebony Dukes.”
we rock the houseIn 1986, the duo released their debut single “We Rock the House” on Fresh Cut Records. It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.
coming correctA year later in 1987, Velore & Double-O released their debut (and only) album “We’re Coming Correct.”

The two singles released from the album: “Your Ugly” (which peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in 1987) and “She’s Fine” (which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in 1988)  were moderately successful on the dance music charts.
we had enoughIn 1988, Velore & Double-O released the single “We Had Enough (Straight From the Street)\We’re Gonna Get ‘Em (Rock the Beat)” which was released on the Invasion Recordings label. It’s unknown how or if the duo’s last single made any impact at all.

The duo’s last musical release was the song “Have to Let You Go” which was featured on the compliation album “Ritmo Quente II” in 1991 (which was only released in Brazil).

After that, it seems as if Velore & Double-O had faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what they’re up to these days.

To see the music video for “She’s Fine,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Have to Let You Go,” go to:

Harmony

harmony
Harmony (born Pamela Scott) was a female hip-hop rapper from the early ’90s. She was a member of hip-hop music group Boogie Down Productions.
let there be harmonyIn 1990, she released her only solo album “Let There Be Harmony” on Virgin Records. The album managed to peak at #77 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

The singles released from the album “Poundcake” and “Your Love Ain’t Right” didn’t appear to make it on the Billboard music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Harmony has faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from her these days.

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

P-19

p-19P-19 was a hip-hop\rap group from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Tandem Records.
hundred percent dopeIn 1991, they released their only album “100% Dope Out the Ghetto”. It’s unknown how or if the album was successful at all.
mass confusionThe only single released from the album “Mass Confusion” failed to chart at all. After that, it seems as if they’ve faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since the ’90s.

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

youngen
The Youngen was a male hip-hop rapper from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Tandem Records.
hell to new schoolIn 1991, he released his debut album “Hell To the New School.” It’s unknown how or if the album made any charts at all.
big boo tThe only single released from the album “Big Boo ‘T'” didn’t appear to make the charts at all. After that, it seems as if The Youngen has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Big Boo ‘T’,” go to:

7One 2 Men-E was a hip-hop\rap duo from the ‘early 90s. Not much information is given about them, but according to a comment from YouTube, they were from Tyler, Texas.
one 2 men eIn 1990, they released the cassette “Headed For the Top” which was recorded in Yakima, Washington. It’s unknown how or if it made any impact at all. After that, it seems as if they’ve faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what they are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Where I Come From,” go to:

nquikkNic’ee Quikk (born Sha-ron Huling from the West Coast of the United States) was a female hip-hop rapper from the ‘early 90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Miracle Records.
nquickIn 1992, Nic’ee released a mini-album called “Nic’ee’s Trickii”. It’s unknown how or if it made any impact on the charts at all.
bootycallA year later in 1993, she released the single “Booty Call.” After that, it seems as if Nic’ee Quikk has faded into obscurity. Her whereabouts are currently unknown.

To see a fan-made video for “Nic’ee’s Trikki,” go to:

Shazzy

shazzyShazzy (born Sherry Raquel Marsh from Queens, New York) was a female hip-hop rapper from the ‘early 90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Elektra Records.
attitudeIn 1990, she released her debut album “Attitude: A Hip-Hop Rapsody.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted, but it received moderate reviews from critics.

The two singles released from the album “Giggahoe” and “Keep it Flowin'” didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts at all.
ghettosburgIn 1994, it appears as if Shazzy was supposed to release her sophomore album “Ghettosburg Address”, but from the looks of it, it was never given an official release, but a promotional cassette was released (according to Discogs.com).

The title song and the song “Pass Anotha Bag” were released as singles, but didn’t chart at all. After that, it seems as if Shazzy has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

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

To see the music video for “Keep it Flowin’,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Pass Anotha Bag,” go to:

Young Lay

young layYoung Lay (born Lathan Williams in 1975 in Vallejo, California) is a hip-hop gangsta rapper who began his career in the ’90s.
all about my fettiIn 1995, he was featured on the soundtrack to the film “New Jersey Drive” with the song “All About My Fetti” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.

During that same year and before releasing his debut album, Young Lay was shot at point blank range in the head while he was sitting in a car, leaving him comatose for several days. He survived the incident, but his assailant was never found.

In May of 1996 (a few weeks before the release of Young Lay’s debut album), his teenage girlfriend Daphne Boyden was murdered in her home and their newborn child, Le-Zhan was abducted. Due to suspected foul play in Daphne’s murder and Le-Zhan’s abduction, the case was featured on TV shows “Unsolved Mysteries” and “America’s Most Wanted.”
black n dangerousAlso in that same year, Young Lay released his debut album “Black N’ Dangerous” on Atlantic Records which peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and #42 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
playah's modeHis follow-up single from his debut album “Playah’s Mode” was released, but didn’t make the charts at all.
unsolved mysteriesIn 1998, he released his sophomore album “Unsolved Mysteries” which was dedicated to his girlfriend and son. It’s unknown how or if the album made much impact. Young Lay was later sentenced to twelve years in prison for a 1999 armed robbery which apparently put his career on hold.

In November of 2002, his son Le-Zhan was found after an anonymous tip was called in which led to the arrest of one of Daphne’s murderers, Latasha Brown who was raising Le-Zhan as her own child. Latasha and her cousin, Ocianetta Williams were arrested for Daphne’s murder & Le-Zhan’s abduction.
don't get it twistedIn 2003, Young Lay released his third album “Don’t Get It Twisted” (apparently while still incarcerated). It’s unknown how much impact it made at all.
lifeline A year later in 2004, he released his fourth album “Young Lay Presents: Lifeline Original Soundtrack.” Like his previous album, it’s unknown how much impact it made at all.

In 2010, Young Lay was released from prison. In 2011, he released the song “True Religion” which also had a music video as well. Since then, not much has been heard from Young Lay and it appears as if he’s faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from him in quite some time.

To see the music video for “All About My Fetti,” go to:

To see the music video for “Playah’s Mode,” go to:

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