Saturday, February 26, 2011

Young & Restless

Young & Restless was a hip-hop duo from the early 90's whose members consisted of Leonerist Lamar Johnson and Charles V. Trahan.

In 1990, the duo released their debut album, "Something To Get You Hyped" which peaked at #104 on the Billboard 200 and #28 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their first single, "Poison Ivy" peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and #76 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
Their second single, " 'B' Girls" became a hit for Young & Restless, peaking at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and #58 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1992, Young & Restless released their sophomore and last album to date "That Was Then-This is Now!" which didn't chart at all and after that, it seemed as if they had faded into obscurity.


To see the music video for " 'B' Girls," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD6hfzUbKtA

Friday, February 25, 2011

G-Wiz

G-Wiz was a hip-hop group from the 90s that consisted of members Jamahl "Jamiz" Harris, Craig "Rascal" Cummins, Ron "Farve" Martin and Kevin "Tricky" Williams.
In 1993, G-Wiz released their only album "Naughty Bits" on Scotti Bros. Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
Their first single and hit song to date "Teddy Bear" managed to peak at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 #29 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #71 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart.

The follow-up singles "Come & Play With Me" and "Y-U-Doggin' Me?" didn't appear to make much impact on the charts. After that, it seemed as if G-Wiz has faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "Teddy Bear," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXNBDSluB2s

To see a fan-made video for "Come & Play With Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKXcaDI6Tlg

To see a fan-made video for "Y-U-Doggin' Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jVAD0m8A1w

M.C. Brains

M.C. Brains (born James Davis, although some sources have it as James De Shannon on May 24, 1974 from Cleveland, Ohio) was a male hip-hop rapper from the early 90's.

He was signed to Motown Records by New Edition member Michael Bivins. His name stands for "bringing raps and instrumentals non stop."
In 1992, M.C. Brains released his debut album, "Lovers Lane" which peaked at #47 on the Billboard 200 and #31 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. He was only 17 years old when he released his first album.
His first single "Oochie Coochie" peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #16 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks and #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The second single from the album "Brainstorming" peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart, and #29 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. Boyz II Men provided the background vocals for the song.


The second single, "Everybody's Talking About M.C. Brains" didn't chart on the Hot 100 or R&B charts, but managed to peak at #23 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.
In 1996, M.C. Brains released his sophomore album, "Brainwashed" on Ichiban Records. The album flopped and after that, it seemed as if M.C. Brains had faded into obscurity.

These days, he now goes under the name "Brainz Davis" and appears to still be active in the music business, but has not released any new material lately.

To see the music video for "Everybody's Talking About M.C. Brains," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzeFhsQBl7U

To see the music video for "Oochie Coochie," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19w0VZh4Pg0

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


[updated on 07/31/13]

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Nick Scotti

Nick Scotti (born Domenico Nicola Aniello Scotti on May 31, 1966 in Ozone Park, Queens, New York) is a singer, actor, and model.

After leaving high school, he decided to travel the world to become a model. He moved to Japan when he was 17 years old and to France when he was 19 years old. During this process, Nick became a popular male model.
In 1993, he released his one and only self-titled debut album on Reprise Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
Nick's cover version of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' song, "Wake Up Everybody" managed to peak at #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
Another single, "Get Over" peaked at #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. The song was written by Madonna & Steven Bray, and also produced by Madonna & Shep Pettibone.

After that, Nick went to pursue an acting career. He starred as Antonio "Tony" Viscardi on the soap opera, "The Young and the Restless" from 1996 to 1999.

In June of 1996, Nick appeared on the cover of "Newsweek" magazine. In 1997, he starred in the independent film, "Kiss Me Guido" and also starred in the movies, "Bullet," "Perception," "The Last Request," and "Detroit Rock City."

He also guest-starred on episodes of "Sex in the City" and "Tracey Takes On."

In 2004, Nick hosted his own cooking, fashion, and lifestyle television show on the Style Network called "New York Nick."

To see a fan-made video for "Wake Up Everybody," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6vzoUQC8Cs

Little Shawn

Little Shawn (from Brooklyn, New York) is a male hip-hop musician from the '90s. He was also a ghostwriter for artists on the Uptown Records and Bad Boy Records music labels.
In 1992, he released his debut album "The Voice in the Mirror." It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
The first single from the album "Hickeys on Your Chest" peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. The song was given a high profile mention by the late Notorious B.I.G. in his song "Party & Bullshit."
The follow-up single "I Made Love (4 Da Very 1st Time)" peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.
In 1995, Little Shawn released the single "Dom Perignon" peaked at #105 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #23 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #87 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks and #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

In 1998, Little Shawn began serving a prison sentence for an unknown crime. After he was released from prison, he changed his name to "Shawn Pen" and was rumored to be close to signing a deal with G-Unit Records.

These days, he continues to be active in the music biz.

To see the music video for "I Made Love (4 Da Very 1st Time)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPyxzuvZd3Y

To see the music video for "Hickies On Your Chest," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiwVn6AQ678

To see the music video for "Dom Perignon" [featuring the Notorious B.I.G.], go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Yutm3qK_0

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Frosty

Frosty was a female hip-hop rapper from the 80's. Not much information is given about her, but she released one single on Tommy Boy Records.
In 1987, Frosty released the single, "I Need Llove Now" which was a female version of LL Cool J's "I Need Love."

It's unknown how or if the single ever charted. After that, it seemed as if Frosty faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "I Need Llove Now," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqPjYbZFtMs

LA Dream Team

L.A. Dream Team were a hip-hop group from Los Angeles, California. They are known for being one of the early hip-hop music acts on the West Coast and one of the pioneers of the West Coast "electro-hop" music scene.

The group was formed in the early 80's by Rudy Pardee (from Cleveland, Ohio) and Chris Wilson (a Los Angeles native).

They formed their own record label, Dream Team Records, releasing their own records and records from other California rap musicians.
Their best known early singles were "The Dream Team is in The House" and "Rockberry Jam" featuring musician Lisa "Miss Rockberry" Love. They even released J.J. Fad's very first single. In 1986, they signed to MCA Records.
During that same year, L.A. Dream Team released their debut album, "Kings of the West Coast" which peaked at #27 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their single, "The Dream Team is in the House!" peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #36 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

The other follow-up singles that were released didn't make the same impact as "The Dream Team is in the House."

In 1987, they were featured on the "Police Academy 4" movie soundtrack with the song, "Citizens on Patrol" featuring "Police Academy" star, Michael Winslow.
In 1987, L.A. Dream Team released their sophomore album, "Bad to the Bone" which peaked at #162 on the Billboard 200 chart.

It's unknown how or if it charted on the R&B albums chart. The singles released from the album didn't make any impact.
In 1989, L.A. Dream Team released their last album to date, "Back to Black" which flopped. With "electro-hop" fading away and gangsta rap music making mainstream impact, the L.A. Dream Team had seemingly faded away into obscurity.

But in 1993, they resurfaced under the name "TPD" and issued a few singles included an updated version of "Rockberry Jam," but it didn't last long.

After that, Chris Wilson went on to pursue music and video production. In 1998, Rudy Pardee tragically died in a scuba-diving accident.

To see a fan-made video for "The Dream Team is in the House," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2arv-AoW_TE

To see a fan-made video for "Rockberry Jam," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDd3N_uGlKo

To see the music video for one of their singles, "Nursery Rhymes," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xFMg2Bc5GE

Sofia Shinas

Sofia Shinas (born on January 17, 1968 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a singer\actress who started her career in the 90's.
In 1992, she released her self-titled debut album. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.

She co-wrote every song on the album and worked with various music producers and remixers such as Steve Peck, Daniel Abraham, Mitch Kaplan, Mark 'MK' Kinchen, Roger Sanchez, Tommy Musto, Ben Grosse and Boris Granich.
Sofia's first single, "The Message" became a moderate hit, peaking at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #38 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, and #20 on Billboard's Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
The second single, "One Last Kiss" fared well in Canada, but failed to make any impact in the U.S.
The last single, "State of Mind" didn't peak on the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. After that, Sofia left the music business for an acting career.

In 1994, she made her film debut in the movie, "The Crow" starring the late Brandon Lee. After that, she starred in the movies "Terminal Velocity," "Hourglass," and "Dilemma." She guest-starred on shows such as "The Hunger" and "The Outer Limits."

These days, Sofia is still continuing her acting career, but whether she'll come back to her music career, well, we don't know about that yet.

She also attended the USC School of Cinema-Television and graduated in 2008. While attending the school, Sofia directed a thesis called "Spring Eternal" that stars Jude Narita and Sebastian Seigel.

To see a fan-made video for "The Message," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HOvboYZIHU

To see a fan-made video for "One Last Kiss," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poKQk1_PsCM

To see a fan-made video for "State of Mind," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcrBYbtqxWs

Friday, February 4, 2011

Miss Lady Q

Miss Lady Q was a female rapper from the late 80's. Not much information is given about her, but she released one single on Dream Team Records.
In 1988, she released the single, "Mr. Postman" [which samples the Marvelettes' hit song, "Please Mr. Postman"]. It's unknown how or if the single ever charted. After that, it seemed as if Miss Lady Q had faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "Mr. Postman," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFoXMRPdy0k

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect was an R&B trio that consisted of members LaTamra "Tami" Smith, Gennyfer "Paris" Hall, and Dwana Billings from Boston, Massachussetts. LaTamra appeared in New Edition's music video for their song "Candy Girl."

In 1987, Picture Perfect released their one and only debut album, "Boy Crazy" on Atlantic Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
The first single, "Prove it Boy" peaked at #66 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 8 weeks.
Their follow-up single, "Can't Hold Back the Tears" didn't make much impact on the charts. After that, it seemed as if Picture Perfect had faded into obscurity.

These days, LaTamra Smith is a model\actress. She appeared in the music video for Christion's song "I Wanna Get Next to You." It's unknown what Gennyfer Hall and Dwana Billings are up to today.

To see a fan-made video for "Prove It, Boy," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGU4VFQM3Z4

To see a fan-made video for "Can't Hold Back the Tears," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGUk_SyFETk

[Updated on 04\07\2016]