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TONY TEE (ULTIMATE 3 MC's)
Tony Paris aka Tony Tee is a member of the Original Ultimate 3 MC's.
The group was established in 1978 in the East Bronx, New York area.
Members of the group are ( Saint Tee, Easy G & Tony Tee ).
The Ultimate 3 MC's and DJ Whiz Kid met while playing basketball on the courts
of the Parkside projects. They use to practice in DJ Whiz Kid's apartment
which was adjacent to the basketball courts.
The group began performing at local house parties for friends & family.
The Ultimate 3 MC's was known for their rhyming and routine style.
When Saint Tee met Kool Herc through a family member, he ( Kool Herc )
began booking shows for the group at local clubs.
The group performed with DJ Whiz Kid, Legendary DJ Kool Herc
The Herculoids and other Hip Hop Pioneers.
( Clark Kent, Bambaata, Soul Sonic Force, ColdCrush Brothers,
Jazzy Jay, Red Alert, Crash Crew, Cosmic Force MC's and many more )
Many of these Hip Hop Pioneers were early influences for the group.
The Ultimate 3 MC's performed at the T-Connection, Stardust ballroom,
Third Place and other local clubs in the Bronx.
At this time, Hip Hop was strictly underground until artist began recording.
During the growth of the Hip Hop Culture, The Ultimate 3 MC's disbanded in 1983.
The group never recorded any records, but Tony Tee became a solo artist.
He recorded 3 singles as a Solo Artist in the mid 1980's.
His songs were heard on Red Alert and Chuck Chillout Radio Shows.
Tony Tee also performed on the Def Jam 2 Tour in 1987 with Whodini,
Kool Moe Dee, Eric B & Rakim.
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2PAC Amaru Shakur
Tupac Amaru Shakur aka 2PAC aka Lesane Parish Crooks aka Makaveli was born June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York City.He was a Rapper, Poet, Activist, Producer and Actor …. considered the most influential rapper of all time. His Mother Afeni Shakur and his father were members of the Black Panther Party. Afeni named him Tupac Amaru after the last Incan ruler (A Revolutionary), who was executed in 1781 after revolt against Spanish Rule.
The Sequence is a female Hip Hop group from Columbia, South Carolina.
The group consist of Cheryl Cook aka Cheryl the Pearl, Gwendolyn Chisolm aka Bloody, and Angie Stone aka Angie B.
The three female MC/Rappers are former Cheerleaders and High School friends.
The Trio was noticed by Sylvia Robinson at a SugarHill Gang concert backstage in 1979. After being the second group on sugar hill records, they were the first female group on SugarHill records. Their first Single was “Funk you Up”, Sold 500,000 copies and went gold in three weeks.
Their other releases were “Funky Sound”, “Monster Jam”, “The Sequence” and “The Sequence party” The Sequence has toured and worked with many legendary music Artist like The O’Jays and Gap Band.The Sequence first single has been used by Dr. Dre, En Vogue and Erika Badu.
Cheryl Cook wrote songs for the SugarHill Gang like “8th Wonder” and “Apache”.
She also wrote “Let’s Dance and “Break Dance” for the West Street Mob. Many of her works have been sampled by Busta Rhymes, Master P and Missy Elliot.
Gwendolyn Chisolm released “What u doin Here” and worked many years as a road manager and personal assistant for other artist. She has a non-profit organization “Education through talented Students” which helps kids with their careers in entertainment.
Angie Stone became an R&B artist and joined the group Vertical Hold, which released the single “Seems you’re much too busy”.
The group produced two albums, “A matter of time” in 1993 and “Head First” in 1995.
In 1996, Angie teamed up with “Devox” and recorded one album “Devox featuring Angie Stone”.
She received writers credit on D’Angelo’s first two albums “Brown Sugar” in 1995 and “VooDoo” in 2000. She toured with D.Angelo and sang background for cousin Lenny Kravitz’s fifth album. Angie became a solo artist and released her first album “Black Diamond” in 1999 on Arista Records. One of her hit singles on the Album was “No more Rain in this Cloud”.
The Sequence was the first female group to record and sign to SugarHill Records.
Written by Tony Tee aka Tony Paris
Sweet Tee (born Toi Jackson) from Queens, NY, is truly one of the pioneer Female emcee’s in the hip community.
She started her career with the recording “One for the Treble” with known Producer/DJ Davy DMX.
It Wasn’t long after Sweet Tee met producer Herby “Luv Bug” Azor,
who is also credited for producing Salt N Pepa, Kid'N Play, Dana Dane and Kwame.
She joined the Idol Makers camp and began working with Herby in the studio to record her first solo song “Its My Beat”.
That song becomes a worldwide hit, which landed her a deal with Profile Records.
After the success of that single, Sweet Tee followed up with the second single “I Got the Feel”/“Its like that Y'all.”
I got the Feeling" became a popular song for radio and the club scene and started gaining major notoriety.
Due to the fan base and the success of the single, Sweet Tee went back in the studio and recorder her album “it’s Tee Time” and released the first single off of the album “on the Smooth Tip.”
Once the studio work was done, Sweet Tee started touring and didn’t stop until well into the 90’s.
A video was also released for “why did it Have to Be Me” another single off the “It’s Tee Time”
Album which featured Cherese Rose from the group “Changing Faces.”
In the mid 90’s Sweet Tee’s “I got the feeling” was remixed by production group Tin-Tin out in London “the Feeling”
and the song hit the top of the pop charts.
Success for Sweet Tee didn’t stop there, in the late 90’s JMJ Records a subsidiary of Def Jam Recordings
signed Sweet Tee aka Suga and the first release “What’s up Star” was on the soundtrack to the move “the Show.”
Sweet Tee then hit the road with Onyx, Erick Sermon, Wu Tang Clan, Redman and Method Man for a promotional tour for the soundtrack.
Among some of the bigger venue events she preformed at Apollo Theatre and Soul Train was two that always stuck out as some of her most memorable shows.
Sweet Tee has received write-ups and full page pictures in Word Up magazine, Rap Masters, Vibe Magazine,
The Source as well as many other online reviews and blog sites.
Queen Latifah also wrote about how Sweet Tee inspired her in her book “Ladies First”.
Sweet Tee is a true Pioneer of the Hip Hop Culture.
Written by Tony Tee aka Tony Paris
Bashar Barakah Jackson aka Pop Smoke
Artist, Writer, Producer and Entrepreneur
Bashar Barakah Jackson aka Pop Smoke, was an artist, writer, producer and entrepreneur.
The name Pop Smoke was given to him by his grandmother and childhood friends.
He grew up in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York. his first introduction to music was playing the drums in church as a child.
Pop Smoke spent two years under house arrest and expelled from middle school for bringing a gun into the classroom.
During High School, he played basketball at RockTop Academy in Philadelphia, before leaving due to health issues.
Pebblee Poo aka Debra Riley
Mc, Artist, Singer, Writer, Entertainer, Dancer and Soloist
Pebblee Poo aka Debra Riley is a MC, artist, singer, writer, entertainer, dancer and soloist. She grew up in the Bronx , around 167th street and Walton avenue. She started out singing at local talent shows. She attended Taft High School where she met Dr. Bomb-Bay. They use to rhyme and make beats on classroom desk and lunch tables. She joined the group “Smoke-a-Trons” while “Dr. Bomb-Bay” taught her how to MC. After growing up Hip Hop, she joined the Untouchables, a group from Harlem. She performed at many local parties in the Bronx at a time when Hip Hop was dominated by male MC’s. After getting her start with the Untouchables, she joined Kool Herc and the HercuLords and became Kool Herc’s first female MC. The group performed at a few jams together, until Pebblee Poo decided to join Master Don and the Def Committee. With Mater Don and the Def Committee, Pebblee Poo style, charisma and artistic talents began to excel. Her first recording was “Funk Box party” produced by Bobby Robinson of Enjoy records in 1982.
Pebblee Poo Lyrics:
“You know I push with power, hour after hour
Peeblee Poo not sweet not sour”
Pebblee Poo rip the track with her strong delivery and dope rhymes.
In 1985, she recorded “Fly Guy” on Profile records, which was her first solo single release.
Pebblee Poo is also a community activist, she works with local politicians on community improvement.
Written by Tony Tee aka Tony Paris
Marcel Theo Hall aka Biz Markie aka Bizzy B Markie is a Rapper, MC, Comedian, Entertainer, Singer, Songwriter, DJ and a producer.
Biz was born in Harlem, New York but raised in Patchogue, Long Island. He attended Longwood, High school where he was a class clown.
His first introduction to Hip Hop was from a tape recording that featured “The L Brothers” Mean Gene, Grand Wizard Theodore, Kevin Kev, Master Rob and Busy Bee Starski. He initially called himself Bizzy B Markie, after hearing Busy B Starski rhyming, he wanted to be like him. Biz began frequently visiting nightclubs and started performing at Colleges and Universities along the East Coast. When Biz began his version of the Human Beat box, it was unique in sound and style compared to Doug E Fresh and Buffy from the Fat Boys. During this time, Bizzy B Markie Changed his name to Biz Markie and the legendary adventures began to grow.
Biz is one of the groundbreakers in the era of the Human Beat Box and helped to launch many other careers in the music industry.
He would frequently visit Fresh Gordon’s Studio in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn with Big Daddy Kane and they both worked on a few tracks with Fresh Gordon.
In 1988, he released his debut album “Goin off” with hit singles like “Make the Music with your mouth Biz”, “The Vapors”, “Nobody beats the Biz” and “Picking Boogers”.
His cousin and DJ was DJ Cool V and TJ Swan sung the vocals to a few of his singles. Biz Markie also joins a long list of MC’s/Rappers from the first generation who could Rap and Sing. Biz sung the hook to many of his singles like “Just a Friend”, “Spring Again” and “Let me turn you on” which was a tribute to DJ Hollywood. “Just Rhyming with Biz” was a single with Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane. Biz kicked the first verse and Big Daddy Kane anchored the single. This was the first time the music industry heard the Legendary Big Daddy Kane on vinyl. The single was produced by Marley Marl, Cool V and Biz Markie.
During this time, Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane became members of the Juice Crew with Mr. Magic and DJ Marley Marl.
Biz Markie Lyrics:
“I’m the Rap promoter, I start to motor….Talk from New York to South Dakota”
Lisa Lee was born and raised in The Bronx, New York.
She is an Artist, MC, Rapper, Writer, Dancer, Composer and a Female Hip Hop Legend.
Her career in Hip Hop began when her father bought her two turntables, a mixer and a microphone.
Lisa and her brother would write rhymes and break dance in the house everyday, while listening to Hip Hop tapes. She began as the first female MC with Africa Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation, when she performed with The SoulSonic Force. She’s been an original Zulu Nation member since the early 1970’s….and adopted the term Zulu Queen. In 1979, Lisa recorded her first single with The Cosmic Force MC’s, which is also the first recording for The Zulu Nation. Her first solo was recorded by B Fats at The RoofTop for RoofTop records in Harlem, New York.
Lisa had her first film role in the Hip Hop film “WildStyle”. Her character rode in a Limo….ryhming with Chiefrocker Busy Bee. Her second movie role was in “Beat Street” with Us Girls. When she performed with Sha-Rock and Debbie Dee. Lisa Lee is a Queen of Hip Hop and a Legend in the Culture of Hip Hop. Before Queen Latifah, there was Queen Lisa. In fact, She laid the ground work for many female artist in Hip Hop and is recognized for building the blue print for females. She performed at a number of clubs in New York and she can be found on flyers that relate to the history of Hip Hop. Lisa Lee is also a board member at Cornell University for the Hip Hop Collection.
Kurtis Walker aka Kurtis Blow aka Kool DJ Kurt is a MC, DJ, Rapper, Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Actor and a Public Speaker.
He grew up in Harlem, New York while attending Music and Arts High School, before enrolling in CCNY and Nyack College. Kurtis was raised in the tough streets of Harlem, where occasionally he hung out on 125th street and Uptown Harlem. He began as a DJ throwing parties at local spots in New York City with some of Hip Hop Greatest Legends.
Kurtis frequently performed at The Fever, The Celebrity Club and the Famous Harlem World.
The Notorious B.I.G
Christopher Wallace aka Biggie aka Biggie Smalls aka Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie was a MC, rapper, songwriter, producer and a talented artist of Jamaican Decent. He began rhyming at a young age on the corners and streets of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, New York. His battles with other local rappers were legendary, as he quickly became popular among his followers
The Original Bad Boys
The Original Bad Boys is a Hip Hop group from various parts of Brooklyn. They were comprised of MC’s, Artist, Producers, writers, a Human BeatBox and DJ MJ. The group was established in 1985, many years before P-Diddy’s version of the Bad Boys. Members of the group are T-Funk, Busy B, K-Love, MJ, Al B and Mr. Mack. Their first and hit single was Titled “Bad Boys” on StarLite records.
The Mean Machine
The Mean Machine is a Hip Hop group of African American and Puerto Rican descent….born and raised in the Bronx, New York.
The group consist of DJ Julio (Steven Santiago), Jimmy Mac (James McLean) RIP, Mr. Nice (Jose Semprit) and Mr Schick (Daniel Rivera).
They are the first Latin hip hop group and the first bilingual rap group in Hip Hop History.
Tyrone Cox aka Tski Valley
Tyrone Cox aka Tski Valley - is a MC, DJ, Rhymer, Rapper, Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer and Keyboardist.
Gregory Jacobs aka Humpty Hump
Gregory Jacobs aka Shock G aka Humpty Hump was a musician, a rapper, songwriter, producer, actor and vocalist for the Hip Hop group Digital Underground.
BLACK ROB aka Robert Ross aka Bacardi ROB
Black Rob aka Robert Ross aka Bacardi Rob is a MC, rapper, Artist, Actor, Producer, songwriter. He was born in Yonkers, New York and raised in (Spanish Harlem) East Harlem, New York….around 118th street.
Growing up he was inspired by other Harlem artist like Doug E Fresh, Slick Rick, Grandmaster Caz and Spoonie Gee. At 22, he joined his first rap group “Schizophrenics” who did local parties in Harlem. At one time, he was considered the Ghetto Prince of Harlem. He often drove down 125th street to meet and greet with fans. Although streetwise and educated, he also earned an associates degree while being detained.
DMX aka Earl Simmons aka Dark Man X
DMX aka Earl Simmons aka Dark Man X is a MC, Rapper, Poet, Artist, Actor, Songwriter, Producer and Entrepreneur.
He was born and raised in Mount Vernon & Yonkers, New York.
His Father (Joe Barker) was an artist, who painted watercolor paintings that were sold at local fairs.
His Mother was a religious woman, who struggled at times raising 3 children.
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Fantastic Five & Grandwizard Theodore
The (Romantic) Fantastic Five & GrandWizard Theodore is a Legendary hip hop group, that laid the foundation for the Hip Hop Culture.
The group was formed with real MC’s, producers, writers and vocalist. During this time MC’s were rhyming until they called it rapping.
Members were: Grand Wizard Theodore (Theodore Livingston) Prince Whipper Whip (James Whipper) Ruby Dee (Rubin Garcia)
Dot-A-Rock (Darryl Mason) Waterbed Kev (Kevin Strong) and his brother Master Rob (Robin Strong).
The Fantastic Five were the only group with two members of Puerto Rican Descent. (Prince Whipper Whip and Ruby Dee)
SHA-ROCK aka SHARON GREEN
Sha-Rock aka Sharon Green is the First Female MC/Rapper in Hip Hop History. She is a MC, songwriter, actor, dancer, producer, vocalist, artist and entertainer. She empowered women all around the world to become MC’s and Rappers. If not for Sha-Rock, there would be no Cardi B, Lil Kim, Nicky Minaj, Megan Stallion, Foxy Brown, Salt n Pepa, Shante, MC Lyte or Queen Latifah. All of these talented women are standing on the shoulders of Sha-Rock.