Saturday, August 28, 2010

PC Quest

PC Quest were a pop music group from Shawnee, Oklahoma that consisted of brothers Chad & Stephen Petree, Drew Nichols and Kim Whipkey.

They were managed by George Tobin (who discovered & managed teen pop sensation Tiffany) and songwriter/producer Tim James.
In 1991, PC Quest released their self-titled debut album on Headliner Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.

The first single "Can I Call You My Girl" peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Their second single "After the Summer is Gone" became their highest chart appearance to date, peaking at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1992, the group released their sophomore album, "Directions" which flopped. Most of the songs from the album were later re-recorded by Tiffany for her 1993 album, "Dreams Never Die." After that, it seemed as if the group faded into obscurity.

These days, Chad Petree is the guitarist and co-lead singer for new wave/indie rock band Shiny Toy Guns.

Kim Whipkey is a wife & mother and still sings occasionally. It's unknown what Steve Petree and Drew Nichols are up to today.

To see the music video for "After the Summer's Gone," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrwOUOPmZig

To see a fan-made video for "Can I Call You My Girl?," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTCjMfLw3R4



[updated on 06/19/13]

Kevin Paige

Kevin Paige (born on October 10, 1966 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a pop singer from the late '80s\early '90s. His dad was a radio singer for NBC back in the '40s.

After he earned consecutive All-State drummer honors in high school, Kevin gigged with a few local bands such as the Press, Xavion, & Finger Print before starting a solo career and signing to Chrysalis Records in 1989.
During that same year, Kevin released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #107 on the Billboard 200 chart.
His first single "Don't Shut Me Out" peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1989, making it his first hit song.
Kevin's second single "Anything I Want" peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of the singles led to him performing as the opening act for Debbie Gibson's world tour.
In 1990, Kevin released the last single from the album "A Touch of Paradise," but the song failed to chart and unfortunately he never released a follow-up album. After that, he went on to become a songwriter for Zomba Music Group.

These days, Kevin is a music minister at Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis. He and his wife, Bethany Paige have released a few Contemporary Christian music albums together.

To see Kevin and Bethany Paige's website, go to:
http://www.kevinandbethanypaige.net/

To see the music video for "Don't Shut Me Out," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuWE26Qwqdg

To see the music video for "Anything I Want," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVhBVuLpMsc

Friday, August 27, 2010

Homework

Homework were a pop\R&B group from Boston founded by Maurice Starr (who also founded New Kids on the Block and New Edition).

The members consisted of singer\bass guitarist David Knight (the brother of NKOTB member, Jordan Knight), lead vocalists Melvin Sutton (brother of Perfect Gentlemen member Tyrone Sutton) & Shawn Meadows, keyboardists Raphael Dias & William Getchell, percussionst\drummer Evan Stent and electric guitarist Dio Aviles.

The molding process of the group took 3 years of round-the-clock rehearsal and recording schedule. Even David's brother, Jordan lent his talents to the mix.

Homework performed on the local New England circuit or what Homework called their "1989-1990 Chitterlin' Tour" & performed with other music acts such as Main Event, Lady Soul, Chris Bender, Classic Example, The Superiors, Picture Perfect, Heart, Body & Soul and Ric Wes.

During Homework's shows at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, Massachussetts, they caught the attention of Epic Records president David Glew and vice-president Hank Caldwell, who were visiting Boston to see the headline act Homework was opening for. After a 3-song performance, Homework was signed to the label.
In 1990, Homework released their one and only self-titled album which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.
Homework's only single and well-known hit song, "Special Kind of Lady" managed to peak at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #74 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in October 1990.

Even though the song didn't peak very high on the charts, the music video received heavy airplay on BET and moderate airplay on MTV.

Homework opened up for New Kids on the Block and Perfect Gentlemen along with sharing the stage with other artists such as Expose, Technotronic, Gang Starr Posse, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, The Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, C&C Music Factory, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Dino, Cathy Dennis, the Osmond Boys, Brenda K. Starr, the Good Girls and the Cover Girls.

After Maurice Starr left Sony\Epic Records, the group went through record label and management changes which only left Melvin, Raphael, and Evan as the remaining members.

Despite attempts to boost their image and find new members, it eventually failed and by 1992, Homework was no more.

Today, David, Shawn, Raphael, and Evan are still active in the music biz working on various projects. Melvin now goes under the name "Ali Abdur Rahman Sutton" and has converted to Islam. He is married with children and works as a union carpenter.

As for William Getchell and Dio Aviles, it's unknown what they're up to.

To see the music video for "Special Kind of Lady," go to:
http://www.tr3s.com/music/artists/homework/videos/special-kind-of-lady-225213/

To see Homework's MySpace page and links to the individual members MySpace pages, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/homeworktheband


[updated on 05\07\12]

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sylk-E. Fyne

Sylk-E. Fyne (born S. Johnson from South Central Los Angeles, California) is a female rapper from the late 90's. She started rapping while in high school.

After getting a college degree, Sylk-E. Fine wrote lyrics for artists such as Too $hort, Tupac Shakur and the late Eazy-E. She went on tour with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
In 1998, Sylk-E. Fyne released her debut album "Raw Sylk" on RCA Records which peaked at #121 on the Billboard 200, #47 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and #2 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart. The album was produced by Victor Merrit and Gerald Baillergeau.
Sylk-E. Fyne's scored her only hit with the single "Romeo and Juliet" featuring Compton's Most Wanted member, Chill.

The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 20 weeks) and topped Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. It was was certified Gold in March 1998, selling over 500,000 copies.

Despite the success from the single, Sylk-E. Fyne's debut album failed to match the same success as well. After that, she was dropped from RCA Records.
In 2000, Sylk-E. Fyne released her sophomore album "Tha Cum Up" on Rufftown Records which was a critical and commercial failure.
The only single to chart "Your Style" featuring Snoop Dogg and Bizzy Bone only made it to #17 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.

After that, nothing much was heard from Sylk-E. Fyne, but in 2010, she resurfaced back in the music biz and working on new music, having posted two new songs on her MySpace page.

To see Sylk-E. Fyne's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/sylkefyneofficial

To see the music video for "Romeo and Juliet," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaNMAlt4IjQ

To see the music video for "Ya Style," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AALC6k00B-U

To see the music video for "Keep It Real" (from her debut album), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aUs_sLAdvQ


[updated on 05\07\12]

The U-Krew

The U-Krew were an hip-hop\R&B quintet from Portland, Oregon that consisted of lead singer Kevin Morse, producer\keyboardist\drum programmer Larry Bell, Lavelle Alexander, James McClendon and Hakim Muhammad.

The group's original name was "the Untouchable Crew" back when they first formed in October of 1984.
After the group shortened their name to "U-Krew," they released their one and only self-titled debut album in 1989 which peaked at #93 on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 1990, The U-Krew's biggest hit to date "If You Were Mine" peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #46 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The group's follow-up single "Let Me Be Your Lover" peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #81 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart.

Another single "Ugly" was released, but didn't chart. After that, they never released another album and have seemingly faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "If You Were Mine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liEMPDp9fs0

To see the music video for "Let Me Be Your Lover," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9nk5D_6BK0


[updated on 05\07\12]

Saturday, August 14, 2010

HWA (Hoes With Attitude)

HWA (or Hoes With Attitude) were an all-female hip-hop trio that consisted of members Tayna "Jazz" Kenner, Dion "Diva" Devoux and Kim "Baby Girl" Kenner.

They came together in 1989 for an independent record label, Drive-By Records to record their debut album.
In 1990, HWA released their debut album, "Livin' in a Hoe House" which peaked at #38 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

Due to the album's sexually explicit lyrics, it gained something of a cult classic and became their most successful album, even though no singles charted on the Billboard charts.

Soon after, HWA were signed to the late Eazy-E's record label, Ruthless Records and made a cameo appearance in Eazy-E's song, "Real Muthaphukkin' G's."
In 1994, HWA released their sophomore album\EP "Az Much Ass Azz U Want" which charted at #33 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and #71 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album was a critical and commercial failure.
Even though the single "All That (Just a Little Action)" didn't chart, the music video received heavy airplay and Eazy-E appeared in the video himself.

For the second album, Diva was replaced with "Go-Di" and when one of the girls became pregnant, Baby Girl's cousin, Ty James (the daughter of the late Rick James) replaced her.
In August of 1994, HWA released their third album\EP "I Ain't No Lady" which also became another critical and commercial failure for the trio.
After that, HWA broke up. Baby Girl released a solo album in 1997 on a Chicago independent record label, but as for the other members, it seems they have faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "All That (Juzt a Little Action)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMi3irLng8A

To see the music video for "Funk Me" (from their debut album), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NddxciWbw

To see the music video for "I Ain't No Lady," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeWwVvd2alk

BWP (Bytches With Problems)

BWP (aka Bytches With Problems) were a female duo consisting of Lyndah and Tanisha.

The duo was well-known for their sexually explicit and misandric lyrics, and were referred as a female version of 2 Live Crew. They were signed to RAI-Chaos, a record label distributed by Columbia Records.

In 1991, BWP released their debut album "The Bytches" which peaked at #34 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The group's most successful single to date "Two Minute Brother" peaked at #6 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart. They made a cameo appearance in the 1992 movie "Strictly Business."

BWP was supposed to release their sophomore album, "Life's a Bytch," but it was shelved days before it was released.

By 1994, BWP was no more. It's unknown what they're up to and it seems like they've faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "Two Minute Brother," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab_q-UhR44I

To see the explicit version music video of "Two Minute Brother," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aTJPynqoWA

Wendy Moten

Wendy Moten (born on November 22, 1965 in Memphis, Tennessee) was a pop\R&B singer from the 90's.

Her father, James Moten was the musical director at St. Stephen Baptist Church where Wendy sang gospel music in the church choir.

While Wendy attended the University of Memphis, she sang at local clubs when local musician, Kevin Paige recruited her as a background singer in his band when he became the opening act for Debbie Gibson's 1988 tour.

In 1991, Wendy met manager\producer Dick Williams and he convinced her to record a demo tape at Cotton Row Studios. After performing with Michael Bolton at a New York benefit, Wendy was signed to EMI\ERG Records.
In 1992, Wendy released her self-titled debut album which didn't appear to chart on the Billboard 200 chart.
Wendy's highest chart appearance to date was the song "Come in Out of the Rain" peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #67 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and #38 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart. In the UK, the song peaked at #8 on the UK Singles chart.
Another single "Step By Step" didn't chart on the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Wendy also opened up for Michael Bolton on tour. Another song "So Close to Love" peaked at #35 on the UK Singles chart.

In 1994, she was featured on the "Beverly Hills, 90210: The College Years" soundtrack with the song, "Forever Yours."

During that same year, Wendy was featured on "The Pagemaster" movie soundtrack with the song, "Whatever You Imagine." She was on Regina Belle's 1995 album "Reachin' Back" on the song, "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love."
In 1995, Wendy released her second album "Time For Change" which was very successful in Japan and one of the singles "Change of Heart" peaked at #1. Another single "Your Love is All I Know" peaked at #2.
Also in 1995, Wendy released her third album "Christmas Time" which was released in Japan. It's unknown how well the album did in Japan.
In 1996, Wendy released her fourth album, "Life's What You Make It" which flopped. After that, nothing much was heard from Wendy until 2001 when she was featured on the Small Voices Calling single, "Feel the World Dancing."

Wendy has collaborated with artists such as Andrew Peterson, Larry Carlton, Selah, Brooks & Dunn, Alexander Zonjic, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, Keizo Nakanishi, Kiyomi Suzuki, Michael McDonald, Peabo Bryson and Kirk Whalum.

For 12 years, Wendy has toured worldwide with Julio Iglesias as a featured vocalist. She performed at a sold-out showcase held at Japan's Budokan hosted by David Foster.

In 2006, Wendy sang backup vocals on the Soul2Soul II Tour with Faith Hill & Tim McGraw.
In 2009, Wendy independently released her fifth album, "Tis the Season" which is available on Amazon.com and iTunes. She collaborated with pianist Clay Perry on the album.

To see Wendy's official website, go to:
http://www.wendymoten.com/

To see the music video for "Come in Out of the Rain," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCcHZ2_p7MA

To see the music video for "Step By Step," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1HIrWDDcq4

To see the music video for "So Close to Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FioXYWHYOp4

To see a fan-made video for "Change of Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxXpcuM-Nx0

To see a fan-made video for "Your Love is All I Know," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4knq9CQIMU

As a bonus, here's a fan-made video for "Forever Yours" from the "Beverly Hills 90210: The College Years" soundtrack:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC6uFsmsfnA


[updated on 05\07\12]

3rd Bass

3rd Bass was a hip-hop group from the late 80's\early 90's that was one of the first interracial hip-hop groups. The group consisted of MC Serch (born Michael Berrin on May 6, 1967), Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter J. Nash in Floral Park, Long Island, New York), and DJ Richie Rich (born Richard Lawson in Jamaica).

Richie Rich worked as a local DJ, Pete Nice was an English major at Columbia University and hosted a hip-hop show on Columbia's student radio station, WKCR-FM.

MC Serch performed at clubs & block parties and even released a single called "Hey Boy" on an independent record label. Record producer Sam Sever convinced Pete Nice and MC Serch to work together in 1987.
In October of 1989, 3rd Bass released their debut album, "The Cactus Album" which peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The album got positive reviews from the hip-hop press and 3rd Bass gained publicity for being arguably the second white group to achieve hip-hop credibility next to the Beastie Boys.
The first single, "Steppin' to the AM" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #50 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #54 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The second single from the album, "The Gas Face" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart and #31 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The music video included cameos from Gilbert Gottfried, Salt N' Pepa, Flavor Flav, & Erick Sermon and received respectable airplay on MTV.
The last single from the album, "Brooklyn Queens" didn't chart on the rap or R&B charts, but managed to peak at #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

In reported interviews, MC Serch unsuccessfully tried to join the Beastie Boys. Upon signing with Def Jam Records, 3rd Bass inherited their label's feud with them.

The duo's debut album was released shortly after the Beastie Boys walked out on their record contract. Their debut album took shots at not only the Beastie Boys, but MC Hammer as well. (They called him "M.C. Household Too" in the liner notes of their album).
In 1990, 3rd Bass released a remix album, "The Cactus Revisited" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard charts.
The album consisted of 6 remixed songs and one unreleased song. The album received lackluster commercial and critical reception. The single, "Product of the Environment" was released, but didn't chart at all.
A year later in 1991, 3rd Bass released their sophomore album, "Derelects of Dialect" which peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album and 3rd Bass' biggest hit song to date, "Pop Goes the Weasel" peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #18 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. The song was certified Gold and helped the album become certified Gold a month later.

The music video featured punk rock singer Henry Rollins who dressed up as Vanilla Ice, who became another target for the group. It also depicted Vanilla Ice a culture freak who watered down the sound of rap in order to pander a mainstream audience while 3rd Bass was depicted as more respectful of the hip-hop genre's traditions.

The second and last single from the album, "Portraits of the Artist as A Hood" peaked at #17 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart and #67 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. The music video featured Gilbert Gottfried as a judge.
3rd Bass' final music collaboration was the title track to the 1992 movie soundtrack "Gladiator" before splitting up. During that same year (three years after 3rd Bass' debut album), the Beastie Boys retaliated against them on their third album, "Check Your Head" on the track "Professor Booty."
Also in 1992, MC Serch co-wrote and produced several tracks for Detroit rapper Boss' only album, "Born Gangstaz" and released his own solo album, "Return of the Product" in August of that same year.
MC Serch was able to chart on the Hot 100 with the song, "Here It Comes\Back to the Grill" which peaked at #72. The song also topped Billboard's Rap Singles chart. The album was mostly critically and commercially ignored, peaking only at #103 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Around the time of 3rd Bass' breakup, MC Serch was involved in the production of the movie, "Zebrahead" and originally wanted to star in the movie, but he was unable to get a role and ended up producing the movie's soundtrack.

MC Search was even the executive producer on Nas' debut album, "Illmatic" which became one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the 90's. After working at Wild Pitch Records, he founded Serchlite, a record label and publishing company. He signed an all-white New York hip hop group, Non Phixtion, but they broke up in 2006.

From 2003 to 2006, MC Serch hosted the radio show, "Serch in the AM" in Detroit.  He hosted the VH1 reality shows, "Ego Trip's The (White) Rapper Show" and "Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme." In 2009, he was featured on rapper Kurious' album, "II."
Pete Nice and Richie Rich teamed up as "Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich," releasing their only album, "Dust to Dust" to limited success. The album featured many disses toward MC Serch.

In 1998, 3rd Bass reunited for a gig at Tommy Hilfiger's brother, Andy's birthday party and performed at Woodstock 1999.
They released a single, "Hail to the Chief" which didn't chart. There was talk of a new album, but any plans of a reunion or album have been scrapped.

Pete Nice and radio jock\author Bobbito started their own record label, Hoppoh Records under Columbia Records which released two albums before folding due to creative differences.

Pete retired from the music biz and opened a baseball memorabilia shop in Cooperstown. In 2003, he published his first book, "Baseball Legends of Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetary" under his real name. He has also been working to secure property for an official grave site of Negro League baseball players.

In early 2008, Pete opened a sports bar in Boston called "McGreevy's 3rd Base Bar" which was recently named "Best Sports Bar" in Boston by Citysearch.

Richie Rich produced a track on rapper Kurious George's debut album and resurfaced briefly in 1999 when he appeared on the Mad Hatter's album, "Tell 'Em Why U Madd." After that, it doesn't seem like nothing much has been heard from him lately.

To see the music video for "Pop Goes the Weasel," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzXI_ApY4dY

To see the music video for "Steppin' to the AM," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0F1sgtRgU

To see the music video for "The Gas Face," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYp28tEAVvs

To see the music video for "Brooklyn Queens," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mJlcW3X4PQ

To see the music video for "Product of the Environment," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRKDgzlfUBY

To see the music video for "Portrait of the Artist As A Hood," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g19usz28Cvo

To see a fan-made video for "Hail to the Chief," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dp1t0m2TLA


[Updated on 04\07\2016]