Saturday, April 13, 2013
The members consisted of Roderick "Chip Fu" Roachford, Joe "Moc Fu" Jones and Lennox "Poc Fu" Maturine.
In the group's name, "Fu" stood for "For Unity" and "Schnicken" was a made-up word that meant "coalition." After performing at a rap event at Howard University, the trio was signed to Jive Records.
The recording sessions for the album took place at Battery Studios in New York, New York. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA by late 1992, shipping 500,000 copies in the U.S.
In 1993, the trio started working on their follow-up album. They recorded a fast-paced song entitled "What's Up Doc?" which featured cartoon Bugs Bunny saying his famous catchphrase, but they couldn't get a sample clearance from Warner Bros. and ended up shelving the song.
Then-rookie NBA star, Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal talked about his love of hip-hop music and stated that Fu-Schnickens were his favorite rap group which prompted them to contact Shaq for a collaboration.
Shaq recorded a verse that was added on the already-recorded "What's Up Doc?" with the trio and Shaq saying, "What's up, doc?" to replace the Bugs Bunny sample.
Even though the album wasn't completed, the song was released quickly as a single to capitalize on Shaq's popularity.
The song was also featured on Shaq's debut album "Shaq Diesel."
During that time, the rap music scene had changed dramatically and there wasn't much of an audience for their style of music.
During that same year, Fu-Schnickens appeared on the finale of "The Arsenio Hall Show" with other artists such as KRS-One, the Wu-Tang Clan, Naughty by Nature, MC Lyte, Guru, Mad Lion, Yo-Yo, Das EFX, CL Smooth and A Tribe Called Quest.
Today, Chip Fu is a solo artist and now goes under the name "Jungle Rock Jr." He continues to be active in the music business. It is unknown what Poc Fu and Moc Fu are up to today.
To see Chip Fu's official website, go to:
To see the music video for "Ring the Alarm," go to:
To see the music video for "La Schmoove," go to:
To see the music video for "True Fuschnick," go to:
To see the music video for "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock?)," go to:
To see the music video for "Breakdown," go to: