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|103.7 The Beat's Birthday Bash Artist Profile|
Heatwave is known for their songs "The Groove Line" "Boogie Nights"and "Always and Forever. The group's debut album, Too Hot to Handle, was released in the spring of 1977, giving Heatwave a #11 on the Hot 200 and #5 on the R&B charts, "Always and Forever", reached #18 on the Hot 100 in April 1978 and #2 on the R&B charts. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA. Heatwave released their second album Central Heating in April 1978. Lead single "The Groove Line," reached #7 on the Hot 100 in July 1978.
MARY JANE GIRLS
The Mary Jane Girls were protégées of singer Rick James. They are known for their hit songs "Candy Man" "In My House" and "All Night Long. The group released their second album Only Four You in 1985. That album's lead single "In My House" became the group's biggest hit, reaching #3 on the R&B chart and then crossing over to the Hot 100 chart, where it reached #7 and spent 12 weeks in the Top 40. It also charted on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaking at #1 for two weeks in April 1985. "Wild and Crazy Love" was the second single from this album and it also fared well on the R&B (#10) and dance charts (#3). It barely missed the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #42.
MC Magic established the label Nastyboy Records to showcase his productions and talent. Soon thereafter he released his first hit single "Lost in Love". The single did very well considering local radio stations only gave it minimal airplay in the evenings. In 1995, he released his first full-length album, Don't Worry, which enabled him to recruit other artists to form the group Nastyboy Klick. With MC Magic's production touch, the Nastyboy Klick spawned a number of regional hits, particularly "Down for Yours" featuring Roger Troutman, which peaked at number ten on the Top Rap singles of the country. By the beginning of the new millennium, his group had been trimmed down to just three members and renamed themselves the NB Ridaz.
SOUL FOR REAL
Formed in 1992, Soul for Real signed with Uptown Records and released their debut album Candy Rain on March 28, 1995. Produced by Heavy D, Candy Rain's first single was the album's title track. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 chart. Their second single, "Every Little Thing I Do", reached #11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #17 on the Hot 100 chart.
Rome attended Oakwood University but dropped out in 1989 and moved to California in hopes of making a career as a singer. He toured with Vesta but had little success until he met with Gerald Baillergeau and Victor Merrit, the producers who heard his demo and sent it to RCA Records. RCA signed him and released his debut album in 1997, which went on to sell over half a million copies in the U.S. mainly on the strength of the single "I Belong to You (Everytime I See Your Face)", which peaked at #6 in the U.S. He had two Top 40 hits from the album.
LIGHTER SHADE OF BROWN WITH ODM
Lighter Shade of Brown was formed in 1990 by One Dope Mexican (Robert Gutierrez) and Don't Try To Xerox (Bobby Ramirez). They recorded demos and landed a record deal soon after with small independent label Pump. Their debut album, 1990's "Brown and Proud," brought the group a Top 40 single "On A Sunday Afternoon," and peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also went to #1 for 2 weeks in New Zealand. Lighter Shade of Brown provided songs for Latino-market movies such as Mi Vida Loca and I Like It Like That following the release of their second LP, 1992's '"Hip Hop Locos The success of "Sunday Afternoon" resulted in Mercury Records signing the group and releasing their third disc, Layin' in the Cut, in 1994.