Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jeckyll (born Andre Harrell on September 26, 1960 in Harlem, New York) and Mr. Hyde (born Alonzo Brown) were a hip-hop duo from the '80s.

They were known for their corporate business style, wearing designer suits and ties while they rapped.

The duo originally went under the name "Harlem World Crew" and recorded on Tayser Records in 1980. Alonzo Brown joined Profile Records under the name "Ronnie Love" and recorded a song called "Young Ladies."
During that same year, the duo teamed up together to record the single, "Genius Love" which became the first hip-hop record to use the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" sample.

In 1982, the song managed to peak at #31 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The duo released two more singles "The Challenge" and "Jeckyll and Hyde Dance" which didn't appear to make the charts.
Their third single "Gettin' Money" peaked at #79 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
The duo's fourth single "Fast Life" peaked at #60 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1985, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde released their only album "The Champagne of Rap." It's unknown how or if the album ever charted or was successful at all.

The only single from the album to chart was "Freshest Rhymes in the World" which managed to peak at #89 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.

By 1987, the duo was no more. Andre later became the founder & chief executive of Uptown Records. Alonzo continued to record with Profile Records and released a 12" single called "The Witch."

These days, Andre is the head of Motown Records while Alonzo became a producer & screenwriter and serves as the executive producer for the "Judge Mathis" show.

To see a fan-made video for "Genius Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEusjv45hjg

To see a fan-made video for "The Challenge," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-njJTa-ayrs

To see a fan-made video for "Gettin' Money," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8AZcGMNt6Q

To see a fan-made video for "Fast Life," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxVAQ6EVH6E

To see a fan-made video for "Freshest Rhymes in the World," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab1JpTBWG3U

[updated on 08/02/13]

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