Category: Rap


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:

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Too Much Trouble

too-much-troubleToo Much Trouble were a gangsta rap music group from Houston, Texas that consisted of members Drunk D, Ghetto MC, Bar-None (real name John Vanbibber) and DJ Bad News (real name Tracy Howze) & were known for their extremely violent and misogynistic lyrics.

The group was nicknamed “The Baby Geto Boys” after their labelmates, hip-hop group the Geto Boys.
bringing-hell-on-earthIn 1992, Too Much Trouble released their debut album “Bringing Hell on Earth” on the Rap-A-Lot Records label. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all. Even though the album’s content was viewed by some listeners as powerful, others found it to be clichéd and redundant & also extremely disturbing.
fugitives-on-the-runThe only single released from the album was “Fugitives On The Run” which was released promotionally, but it’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts.
players-choiceA year later in 1993, the group released their sophomore album “Player’s Choice” which also failed to make any album charts at all.
family-worse-enemyDuring that same year, they released the single “Family Can Be Your Worst Enemy” which didn’t make the charts at all.
too-much-weightIn 1997, Too Much Trouble released their last album to date “Too Much Weight”, but after the album flopped, the group disbanded and faded into obscurity.

It’s unknown what the other members of the group are up to, but on June 14, 2013, Ghetto MC passed away from kidney failure.

To see the music video for “Fugitives on the Run,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Family Can Be Your Worst Enemy,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Take the P***y” (from their debut album), go to:

Fan_3

fan-3Fan_3 (born Allison Lurie on December 4, 1987 in Sherman Oaks, California) is a former teen rapper\singer from the 2000s. The reason for her stage name because she enjoys groups with three people in them.

When she was 13 years old, Fan_3 recorded various songs on her lo-fi home studio set-up and one of her songs “What They Gonna Think?” was featured on the soundtrack to the Disney Channel TV series “Lizzie McGuire” in 2002.

After sending a few demos, a manager brought Fan_3 to the attention of Geffen Records and she was signed to the label by her senior year of high school.

In 2004, one of her songs “Digits” was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Shark Tale” and in December of that same year, she was featured on Radio Disney’s compliation album “Jingle Jams” with the track “I Love Christmas.” She was also featured on the soundtrack to the film “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” with the song “Boom.”
geek-loveIn 2005, Fan_3 released her first single “Geek Love” which missed the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #68 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart and was also featured on the “Radio Disney Jams 7” compliation album.
broken-homeDuring that same year, she released another single “Broken Home” (based on the experience of her parents’ divorce when she was young), but didn’t appear to generate a lot of success.
let-me-clear-my-throatFan_3’s debut album “Let Me Clear My Throat” was supposed to be released and a sampler of the album was released, but after she was caught smoking pot while on the Radio Disney Jingle Jams tour, Disney severed all ties with her and later on, she was dropped from Geffen Records.

After that, not much was heard from Fan_3 until 2008 until when she formed a pop\rock group called Shut Up Stella (featuring singers Jessie Malakouti & Kristen Wagner), but by 2009, she left the group after they were dropped from her record label. During that same year, she came out as bisexual.

As of 2009-2010, Fan_3 (who previously went under the name “Fannius” and now goes under another stage name, Allison Jayne) is working on new music and has released covers & original music through YouTube, MySpace and Vimeo.

To see Allison Jayne’s YouTube page, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/user/AllisonJayneVideo

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Boom,” 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):

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: