Saturday, January 19, 2013

Luniz


Luniz were a rap duo from Oakland, California that consisted of friends Jerold "Yuckmouth" Ellis and Garrick "Knumskull" Husband that have known each other since junior high school. Their original name was Luni Tunz. They gained their first taste of fame when they appeared on Dru Down's "Explicit Game" album.
In 1994, they released the EP, "(Formally Known As The LuniTunes)" on C-Note Records. It's unknown how or if the EP was successful.
In 1995, Luniz released their debut album, "Operation Stackola" on Noo Trybe Records. The album peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their first single, "I Got 5 on It" became a hit for the duo, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September of 1995 and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in August of 1995. The song was also successful internationally, even topping the charts in the Netherlands.

The song sampled Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad," Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie," and Auto Two's "Top Billin'." It also featured vocals from Club Nouveau member, Michael Marshall. The success of "I Got 5 on It" helped make Luniz's debut album become their best-selling album.
The follow-up single, "Playa Hata" peaked at #51 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart and #13 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart.
In 1997, Luniz released their sophomore album, "Lunitik Muzik" which peaked at #34 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album sold roughly 500,000 copies and had appearances from rappers such as  Redman, Too Short and E-40. The album failed to produce any hit singles at all.
In 2002, Luniz released their last album to date, "Silver & Black" which peaked at #53 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, but once again, it failed to produce any hit singles at all.

Since then, Yukmouth has released seven solo albums and is the CEO of Smoke-a-Lot Records and Knumskull has released two solo albums. According to research, the duo are "somewhat beefing" & "not getting along right now" and according to Knumskull, if the duo comes together to do something, it'll be for the money.

To see the music video for "I Got 5 On It," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSC9cgvtkRs

To see the music video for "Playa Hata," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiOBTLD76Rw


[Updated on 04\30\2016]

1 comment:

Michael C said...

This was good group. I used to know a guy that produced for them back in the day!