The Grammy Award winning, Platinum-album selling, New Jersey super-group, Naughty By Nature, is celebrating their twenty year track record of creating the hits and party anthems that have become the soundtrack to our lives. Their music has smashed through mainstream barriers all while remaining true to the sound, message and grit of the hood.
And now, these three kings of the Hip-Hop anthem have formally claimed their titles and named their forthcoming reunion album, Anthem Inc. Life is good. Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee are back in the studio, doing what they do best: creating undeniably classic, hand- raising, life-affirming, Hip-Hop music.
“We wouldn’t have reunited if we didn’t think we could give people that authentic Naughty feeling,” says the group’s master lyricist Treach. “This new album is definitely gonna take you back, but just like we always did, we’ve invented a new sound, a bunch of new flows and after being without an album for so long, we’ve gotta lotta things to say.”
Few groups in music can boast a near twenty-year career that has been both consistent and history making. Naughty By Nature, the Grammy and American Music Award winning rap trio, initially called New Style, began performing at talent shows and were discovered by fellow New Jersey native and then- emerging Hip-Hop artist, Queen Latifah. Eventually signing the group to her management company “Flavor Unit Management,” Latifah helped them land a deal with Tommy Boy Records.
Naughty By Nature’s self-titled debut album was released in 1991 and quickly assaulted the music charts with the instant mega #1 hit “O.P.P.” The group quickly became crossover stars, while maintaining their ghetto sensibility. To date, their success and longevity as a Hip-Hop group has been unparalleled. These three “Kings of The Hip-Hop Anthem” went on to produce their follow-up albums that have become part of America’s Hip-Hop legacy: 19 Naughty III, Poverty’s Paradise and Nature’s Fury.
After years of steady touring and itching to get back in the studio, both Treach and Vin agreed in 2008 that in order for the next album to have that authentic sound and feel of Naughty By Nature, they must reunite with DJ Kay Gee. At this same time, VH1 bestowed their coveted “HipHop Honor” to the group as innovators of our culture. Joining the ranks of Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and Eazy E., the group received their “HipHop Honors” in October of 2008.
The group continues to tour globally, ripping stages from Australia to Canada and New Jersey to South Africa. Naughty By Nature is on their A-game and have no plans to stop anytime soon. In this next endeavor, they are completely independent and totally in control of their brand. Still setting trends, the group recently struck a deal with media-giant Microsoft, to cross promote their new single “Get To Know Me Better” with the release of the HTC Touch Pro 2 Windows Mobile device.
With over 17 million records sold worldwide, Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Coolio is an artist known around the world as a musical and cooking master of extraordinary reinvention.
Growing up during the time of tremendous change in Compton, Calif., Coolio fed on struggle and used it as a launching pad of continual reinvention that led to selling over 17 million records globally and a long list of concerts to adoring fans in Africa, Israel, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Turkey, the United States and throughout Europe. He gave back to the community by serving as the spokesman for the Asthma and Allergies Foundation.
Coolio initially took over the world rap scene through the “Gangsta’s Paradise” release, which won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Rap Performance, Solo. “Gangsta’s Paradise” would also be featured on the “Dangerous Minds” soundtrack and movie. “Gangsta’s Paradise,” also featuring LV on vocals, was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Song of the Year and it sold over six million copies and was Billboard Magazine’s number one single in 1995.
The world recognition led to his music being featured Coolio for several major motion pictures including: Space Jam, Clueless, The Big Payback, Panther, New Jersey Drive, The Jerk Boys, Eddie, Half Baked and many more. He also composed the theme song for the popular kids TV series KENAN on Nickelodeon.
The awards for his hard-hitting style are many. Coolio has won an American Music award, three MTV awards, two Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and a World Music award. He has received six Grammy award nominations (1994, 1995 and 1996), two Billboard Music awards (1994 and 1996), two ASCAP awards (1996, 1997), three MTV video awards (1996 and 1997), four American Online awards (1996) and was the Playboy Music Poll winner in 1997.
Coolio successfully made the transition from performer to actor during the 90s. He co-stared in the motion picture Retirement with Bill Cobb, Peter Falk, Charlie Murphy and Rip Torn. The film featured music from Coolio’s “Return of the Gangsta” album. Coolio has also starred in several HBO films and series as well as making cameos in Bateman Dare Devil.
His television accomplishments have included the reality TV show on the Oxygen network, “Coolio’s Rules,” and the ghetto funk cooking web series, “Cooking with Coolio,” which logged over four million hits on the web. Television appearances included programs like Celebrity Cook Off and Celebrity Chopped.
His musical collaborations continued with “From the Bottom to the Top.” Coolio changed his style and opened up to working with many European and International disc jockeys such as Benny Benassi, Ives la rock, and Paul Oakenfold just to name a few. He also got the aide of his son A.I., who was a featured artist on the album. The first single is collaboration with Coolio and the Oscar-winning “Ennio Morricone,” one of the most famous soundtrack composers of the last 50 years.
Coolio’s Album “El Cool Magnigico” was released in Europe on Jan 15, 2003. Featured artists on that album included hip-hop performer Miss Toi, country legend Kenny Rogers, Krazye Bone from Bone thugs n Harmony, B-real of Cypress Hill and Daz Dillinger. Associated Press stated that, “Coolio returns to Hip-Hop with El Cool Magnifico, and every track on the disc is a winner.” The New York Post praised the album and wrote, “El Cool Magnifico is excellent from top to bottom”. The album sold over 1.8 million copies worldwide.
No stranger to the world of cartoons, Coolio recorded the single and music video “Dexter” (what’s his name) for “Dexter’s Laboratory: Home Boy Genius – The Hip-Hop Experiment.” This was a creative and fun album featuring big name hip-hop artists such as De La Soul and Will I Am. “The Hip-Hop Experiment” album features original songs inspired by Dexter’s Laboratory, the top rated, Emmy nominated Cartoon Network series.
An ingenious chameleon, Coolio launched his book, “Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price,” in 2009, which would become a New York Times bestseller. This move expanded his audience base from the stage to kitchens across the globe. Branding himself as the “ghetto gourmet,” Coolio used his creativity and the inspiration of his mother to refine old-school recipes into accessible, fresh options.
Coolio’s interest in cooking started as a youngster. After a failed grilled cheese, his mother chose to make him pay her back for the charred mess by helping out in the kitchen. Rather than hate every minute of cleaning and scrubbing, Coolio fell in love with cooking.
Later in life, when his mother passed, the love of cooking turned into an obsession with rediscovering and reinventing all her old recipes. He interviewed aunts, friends and relatives until he found her lost secrets. Then, Coolio took the lessons of his elders and morphed the recipes into healthier options that remained affordable.
The secret ingredient of Coolio’s recipes is his unconventional approach to culinary instruction. His style is brash and in your face for which he doesn’t apologize. “People learn better when they’re entertained. Cooking isn’t just for the starched-stiff elite. Everyone should know how to cook something,” said the ghetto gourmet.
Currently performing and touring worldwide as a musical artist, Coolio is also working on a new cookbook with his best friend and bandmate, hip hop jazz saxophonist Jarez. The recipes will continue on the theme of insane deliciousness that anyone can recreate. The recipes are designed to be accessible with easy to assemble ingredients that everyone will recognize. From the tang of balsamic vinegar to the freshness of chopped peppers, the new cookbook is something that everyone needs in their kitchen.
American hip-hop artist/actor, born 3 March 1966, Compton, California. Scored big in 1989 with his crossover hit “Wild Thing.” Taken from his debut album, Loc-ed After Dark, the single was penned by fellow pop-rapper Young MC and featured a sample from Van Halen‘s “Jamie’s Cryin'”. Tone Loc was discovered by Delicious Vinyl label owners Matt Dike and Michael Ross in the late ’80s, who signed him for his unique, gravelly voice. Even though “Wild Thing” and its follow-up, “Funky Cold Medina” (also written by Young MC) were huge commercial hits, and Loc-ed After Dark was only the second rap album to top the charts, Loc was quickly scorned by a majority of the hip-hop scene. Consequently, his sophomore effort, Cool Hand Loc (1991), didn’t fare as well. Loc adapted, however, and left music behind to focus on his acting career. Tone Loc has since appeared in television (on Fox’s “Roc”) and movies (Posse, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective); and has used his instantly recognizable vocal chords to voice-over commercials and animated works.
Marvin Young (aka Young MC) was born May 10, 1967 in the town of Neasden in London, England. His family left England and came to Queens New York near Hollis, home of Run-DMC. He began rapping at the age of 10 and continued honing his skills until he was signed to Delicious Vinyl in 1987 during his junior year of college. While completing his last 2 years at USC, Young MC helped write “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” for Tone Loc. Wild Thing would sell nearly 4 million copies and Funky Cold Medina would sell well over 2 million copies.
Bust A Move was the final song that Young MC recorded for his 1989 debut album, Stone Cold Rhymin. In January 1990 Young MC won the American Music Award for Best Rap Artist. In February 1990 Young MC won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. He also won the Billboard Award for the Best New Pop Artist in December 1990.
Stone Cold Rhymin was the last album that many people remember from Young MC. To date Young MC has recorded eight studio albums. The albums include Brainstorm, Whats The Flavor, Return Of The One Hit Wonder, Aint Goin Out Like That, Engage The Enzyme, Adrenaline Flow and Relentless. Young MC also released an online compilation of previously unreleased tracks and re-recordings entitled B-Sides, Demos and Remixes.
Songs from these later Young MC albums were featured in network television shows including NBCs Scrubs and Knight Rider, ABCs Ugly Betty and HBOs Entourage. They were also used in trailers for the films Four Brothers, Crossover and Barnyard; as well as being included in video games like EA Sports Tiger Woods 09. Young MC also continued his success as a songwriter, teaming up with Will Wheaton to write Anastacia’s “Not That Kind” The song was the title track to her debut album which has sold nearly 10 million copies to date.
Young MC has done extensive work in music production for television and commercials. He created original music and was the spokesman for Pepsis Cool Cans campaign in 1990 which led to a similar advertising campaign for Taco Bell. Young MC also composed and performed all of the original music for The Sports Illustrated For Kids Show in 1997-98. And in 2004, Young MCs track Rollin was the soundtrack for the Burger King national campaign Open Til Late.
Young MC has also made several interesting television appearances. In 2002, he was a contestant on Weakest Link—Rap Stars Edition. Young MC won the game show, besting rapper Xzibit in the finals. In September 2005 Young MC was cast in the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club 3. By seasons end, he lost the most weight in the All-Star cast, shedding 39 pounds in 14 weeks.
Young MC also appeared n a special episode of The Best Damn Sports Show Period which featured The Top 50 Sports Moments Of The 80s. On the show, Young MC performed live alongside hip-hop legends KRS-1 and Kool Moe Dee. Young MC also acted in and Executive Produced the Award-Winning 2005 Canadian film The Zero Sum.
In 2009 Young MC landed a cameo role in the Jason Reitman film Up In The Air starring George Clooney. Young MC performed Bust A Move live on stage in the film. In fall 2009, Bust A Move was prominently featured in the Sandra Bullock film The Blind Side. Bust A Move was also featured in the wildly popular Fox television show Glee in October 2009.
In January 2010 Young MC worked with DJ AL3 of the UFC and co-producer Beat Jacker to create new dance remixes of his melodic tune Babe. Young MC is adding to a legacy of providing music and entertainment to the masses which has lasted more than two decades. (read less) Marvin Young (aka Young MC) was born May 10, 1967 in the town of Neasden in London, England. His family left England and came to Queens New York near Hollis, home of Run-DMC. He began rapping at the age of 10 and continued honing his skills until he was signed to Delicious Vinyl in 1987 during his junior year of college. While completing his last 2 years at USC, Young MC helped write “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” for Tone Loc. Wild Thing would sell nearly 4 million copies and Funky Cold Medina.
C+C Music Factory is an American musical group formed in 1989 by David Cole and Robert Clivillés. The group is best known for their five hit singles: “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”, “Here We Go (Let’s Rock & Roll)”, “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm…”, “Just a Touch of Love”, and “Keep It Comin'”. The band stopped recording in 1996, following Cole’s death. In 2010, C+C Music Factory reformed, with Eric Kupper replacing Cole. Original vocalist Freedom Williams acquired trademark rights to the name in 2003 and still tours under that moniker.
C+C Music Factory have earned a total of 35 music industry awards worldwide, including five Billboard Awards, five American Music Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 44th most successful dance artists of all-time.
Snap!’s international megahit ‘The Power’ is not only one of the world’s most played dance-tracks, but also the one that launched the Snap! attack fifteen years ago, taking the world by storm and turning Anzilotti and Münzing into one of Europe´s most successful producer teams.
Snap’s 1990 debut album World Power has sold more than seven million copies and is one of the most successful dance albums ever. It showcases not only ‘The Power’ but other world hits like ‘Ooops Up’, ‘Cult Of Snap’ and ‘Mary Had A Little Boy’, all sung and co-written by Penny Ford. Another of their hits, ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’ was the best selling single of 1992 in both Germany and the UK, occupying the #1 slot in Germany for over ten weeks and listing in the US Billboard Charts for consecutive 39 weeks. Snap is officially represented on stage by Penny Ford and the new rap artist Benjamin Lowe and they perform all the biggest Snap hits live including ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’ which re-entered the UK charts and peaked at #23 years after first release. Since World Power, the group has produced another three albums titled The Madman’s Return (1st Edition), Welcome To Tomorrow and the latest The Cult of Snap. They may be snoozing at the minute, but with their irresistible performances and unflinching talent, you can bet that Snap’s next project will take hold of you inside out.