Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ms. Melodie

Ms. Melodie (born Ramona L. Parker in 1969 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York) was a female rapper from the 80s.

She was a former member of the Boogie Down Productions and the ex-wife of the group's member, KRS-One. Her younger sister, Harmony was a member of Boogie Down Productions.
In 1988, Ms. Melodie released the mini-album "Hype According to Ms. Melodie" on Jive Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.
In 1989, Ms. Melodie released her full-length debut album "Diva" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard charts.
The first single "Wake Up, Wake Up" which peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.  Another single "Live on Stage" was also released, but didn't chart.

After that, it seemed as if Ms. Melodie had faded into obscurity. On July 17, 2012, she passed away from unknown causes at the age of 43.

To see a fan-made video for "Wake Up, Wake Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUhZSXTeIR0

To see the music video for "Live on Stage," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFCsUJazN4I


[updated on 08\12\12]

Def Dames

Def Dames were a female rap duo from the late 80s/early 90s that consisted of Marilyn "Kandy Kane" Sumlin (from Bakersfield, California) and Yolanda "Special T aka Ace Senorita" Sugart.

Marilyn began singing, acting and playing instruments at a young age and due to her exposure of music in her life, she formed a group called Klass Act which generated a local buzz that caught the attention of hip-hop music producer DJ Sparkle. She joined Def Dames and they signed a record deal with Sedona Record Company.
In 1989, they released their debut album, "2-4-The Bass" which peaked at #76 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "976-Boom" peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, becoming their highest chart appearance to date. The follow-up single, "Set It Off" peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.
In 1991, the duo released their sophomore album, "2-Large" which didn't appear to make the Billboard albums chart.
The only single to chart was "The King of Romance" which peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. Another single, "Whip It" was released, but didn't chart at all.

After that, it seemed as if Def Dames faded into obscurity. Marilyn Smith now goes under the name Touch, but it's unknown what Yolanda Sugart is doing today.

To see Marilyn "Touch" Smith's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/giftrap2

To see the music video for "The King of Romance," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COIMNMrlEek

To see the music video for "Whip It," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZvIju-tXLc

[updated on 05/22/13]

Icey Jaye

Icey Jaye (born Renita Johnson) was a female rapper from the 80s. Not much information is given about her.
In 1988, Icey Jaye released her first single, "It Takes a Real Man" which was an answer record to Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock's hit song, "It Takes Two."
In 1989, she released her second solo single, "Icey (She's Bad)" which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.
A year later in 1990, Icey Jaye released her third single, "It's Just a Girl Thing" which didn't chart, but a music video was made for the song.
It wasn't until 2004 that Icey Jaye's debut album, "It's a Girl Thing" was finally released. It's unknown how or if it ever charted. After that, it seems that Icey Jaye has faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "It's Just a Girl Thing," go to:
http://www.artistdirect.com/video/icey-jaye-it-s-just-a-girl-thing/51595

To see a fan-made video for "It Takes a Real Man," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwHi8Zwcnvs


[updated on 05/22/13]

Ice Cream Tee


Ice Cream Tee (born Bettina Clark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a female rapper from the late 80s.
In 1986, she released the sequel to the Fresh Prince & D.J. Jazzy Jeff's song, "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble" entitled "Guys Ain't Nothing But Trouble."
In 1989, Ice Cream Tee released her only album, "Can't Hold Back" on UNI Records. It's unknown how or if the album charted.
The only single from the album to chart was "Let's Work" which peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Another single, "Can't Hold Back" was released, but didn't chart.

After that, it seemed that Ice Cream Tee has faded into obscurity seeing as how she never released a second album.

To see a fan-made video for "Guys Ain't Nothing But Trouble," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNSmmUIevTk

To see the music video for "Let's Work," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vof6wkWHl7M

To see a fan-made video for "Can't Hold Back," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap46-EnZm98

[updated on 05/22/13]

Sweet Tee

Sweet Tee (born Toi Jackson in Queens, New York) is a female rapper who started her career in the mid 80s.

She first started her career with the recording "One for the Treble" with music producer/D.J. Davy DMX. Not long after that, she met music producer Herby "Luv Bug" Azor. She joined the Idol Makers camp and began work with Luv Bug to record her first single.
In 1986, Sweet Tee released her first single, "It's My Beat" featuring rapper Jazzy Joyce, which peaked at #98 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't chart in the U.S.
In 1987, she released her second single, "I Got Da Feelin'/It's Like That Y'All" which peaked at #31 on the U.K. Singles chart and #48 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
In 1988, Sweet Tee released her debut album, "It's Tee Time" which peaked at #169 on the Billboard 200 and #31 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Sweet Tee's third single, "On the Smooth Tip" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The fourth single, "Let's Dance" peaked at #79 on the U.K. Singles chart and #40 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Sweet Tee's fifth and last single from the album, "Why Did It Have To Be Me" didn't appear to chart, but a music video was made for the song.
In 1995, Sweet Tee released the single, "What's Up Star?" under the name "Suga" which peaked at #72 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. Today, Sweet Tee is back to using her original name and continues to be active in the music business.

To see Sweet Tee's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/officialsweettee

To see a fan-made video for "It's My Beat," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3MyvP5Au6M

To see a fan-made video for "I Got Da Feelin'," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFAMhMi95Hg

To see a fan-made video for "It's Like That Y'All," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jau-DPP_WMY

To see the music video for "On the Smooth Tip," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYuZrfHMWn8

To see a fan-made video for "Let's Dance," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h0T0qRdPf4

To see the music video for "Why Did It Have To Be Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pe5xQd5xy0

To see the music video for "What's Up Star?," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXl9d4jSe98

[updated on 05/22/13]

Finesse & Synquis

Finesse & Synquis (from Staten Island, New York) were a female rap duo from the mid 80s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to MCA Records.
In 1987, the duo released their first single, "Bass Game." It's unknown how or if the single ever charted at all.
A year later in 1988, Finesse & Synquis released their one and only debut album, "Soul Sisters" which managed to peak at #61 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The second single, "Soul Sisters/Soft But Deadly" was released, but didn't appear to make the charts at all, but the title song was made into a music video. The last single from the album, "I'll Be There" didn't chart.
In 1990, Finesse & Synquis released the single, "Straight From the Soul" on Uptown Records, but it didn't chart. After that, it seemed as if they faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "Soul Sisters," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S17wQE8XA-Q

To see a fan-made video for "Bass Game," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxkJE3uLYB0

To see the music video for "Straight From The Soul," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP8leeXDrtU

[updated on 05/22/13]

Tamika Patton

Tamika Patton (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an R&B singer from the late 80s.

She attended the prestigious Philadelphia High School for the Creative Arts and also spent 5 years in the gospel musical "Hallelujah Mahalia" as singer Mahalia Jackson. Tamika also toured overseas for the Armed Forces overseas in Japan and South Korea.
In 1989, Tamika released her debut album "#1" on Orpheus Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
The first single "Your Precious Love" featuring R&B singer, Eric Gable, peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Black singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

The follow-up single from the album "Number One" peaked at #75 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
In 1999 (10 years after releasing her first album), Tamika released her first gospel album, "Born Again."

These days, Tamika is continues to sing gospel music along with acting in theater. She was voted "best Inspirational Singer in America" in 2011 by Radio One and Praise 103.9; she has an upcoming tour with James Fortune & FIYA.
In 2011, she released the single, "More Than Faithful" which has received rave reviews and is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Universe.

Her next album "Presence" is yet to be released.

To see Tamika's official website, go to:
http://www.tamikapatton.com/

To see the music video for "Your Precious Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tIupDxFzf4

To see a fan-made video for "Number One," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rbug_UA3pM


[updated on 05\08\12]

Friday, October 23, 2009

Subway

Subway was an R&B group from the '90s that hailed from Chicago, Illinois. The members were Eric McNeal, Keith Thomas, Trerail Puckett, and Roy Jones. They were signed to Bell Biv Devoe\New Edition member Michael Bivins' record label, Biv 10.
In 1995, Subway released their debut album, "Good Times" which peaked at #101 on the Billboard 200, #23 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and topped on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Albums chart.
Subway's first single, "This Lil Game We Play" featuring female R&B group 702 peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 26 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Fire" peaked at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #34 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The third and last single from the album, "This is Not a Goodbye" peaked at #85 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. Gerald LeVert provided background vocal ad-libs on the song.
In 1996, Subway released the single, "I'll Make Your Dreams Come True" which was featured on the "Kazaam" movie soundtrack. The song peaked at #64 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

After that, it seemed that Subway had faded away into obscurity. Nothing has been heard from them in quite a long time.

To see the music video for "This Lil Game We Play," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3zE5Mkz_EA

To see the music video for "Fire," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKisS1RcDw8

To see a fan-made video for "This is Not a Goodbye," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWSFeXW4KP0

To see the music video for "I'll Make Your Dreams Come True," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMGFcIuDh4Q


[updated on 05\08\12]

The Latin Rascals

The Latin Rascals were producers\DJ's Tony Moran and Albert Cabrera who produced music for artists including the Cover Girls, TKA, Run DMC, Duran Duran, Information Society, and Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force.
In 1986, the duo released their debut album, "Bach To The Future" on Tin Pan Apple Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
The first single, "Macho Mozart" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in May of 1987 and #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The follow-up single, "Disorderly Conduct\Arabian Knights" peaked at #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in November of 1987 and #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1989, the Latin Rascals released their sophomore album, "When She Goes" which also didn't make the Billboard albums chart.
The first single, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood\Life's Too Short" which peaked at #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in November of 1988 and #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The second single from the album, "It Must Be You" which peaked at #31 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in April of 1989 and #40 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1999, the duo released a collection album, "Mixmasters Vol. 1" that features music that they have produced.

To see a fan-made video for "Macho Mozart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3-a8AjXOGo

To see a fan-made video for "Disorderly Conduct," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESSoXfUAyFI

To see a fan-made video for "Arabian Knights," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLPhRohHjYQ

To see the music video for "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-RgL6i5nqk

To see a fan-made video for "It Must Be You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGtqEb8fieI



[updated on 09\06\12]