Nuttin' Nyce

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Nuttin' Nyce
Origin Sacramento, CA
Genres R&B, new jack swing
Years active 1992–1996
Labels Pocketown Records/Jive
Past members LaTeece "Teece" Wallace
Onnie Ponder
Eboni Foster
Liz Burnett

Nuttin' Nyce was an American R&B girl group from Sacramento, CA that formed in 1992. They signed to Pocketown Records and released an album and five singles (via Jive Records) before splitting up in 1996.

History[edit]

The trio originally consisted of LaTeece "Teece" Wallace, Onnie Ponder & Liz Burnett.[1] Wallace was previously a member of the dance trio Get Busy Girls,[1] they were originally members of the five-piece group Attitude, but after losing two members became Nuttin' Nyce.[1] Burnett was replaced in 1993 by Eboni Foster, who herself left in 1994,[2] they were spotted by Pocketown Records A&R man Rodney Ellis at a club in Los Angeles and signed to the label as its first act.[1]

Their debut album Down 4 Whateva was released in 1993 along with their first single, "In My Nature", which reached number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their album was described by the Chicago Tribune as "full of sexual innuendo and lascivious posturing", and by The Sun Reporter as "stacked with passionate ballads, boomin' beats and fresh rap interludes".[1][3] Second single "Down 4 Whateva" was released in 1994, giving them their biggest UK hit, peaking at number 62 in the UK Singles Chart; in the same year, a collaboration with Hi-Five, "What Can I Say To You (To Justify My Love)" was released.

"Nasty Girl", a version of Prince-written hit from Vanity 6, followed in 1995, and was released with two versions of the track, the album version which was hip hop influenced, and a single mix which had a more uptempo house/dance feel.[4]

Their final single, "Froggy Style" was released later in 1995, and gave them their highest chart appearance, peaking at number 63 on the Hot 100.

The group were featured in the soundtrack of two films; "Down 4 Whateva" was used in A Low Down Dirty Shame, and "Wandering Eyes" in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.[1][5]

The group had officially disbanded in 1996 due to pursuing individual solo careers.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Down 4 Whateva
  • Released: October 12, 1993
  • Re-released: June 27, 1995
  • Format: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
  • Label: Jive
  • US R&B Albums no. 34[6]

Singles[edit]

  • "In My Nature" (1993), Jive - US no. 83[6]
  • "Down 4 Whateva" (1994), Jive - US no. 92,[6] UK no. 62[7]
  • "What Can I Say to You (To Justify My Love)" (1994), Jive - Hi-Five and Nuttin' NYCe
  • "Nasty Girl" (1995), Jive - US Dance/Club Play Songs no. 39[6]
  • "Froggy Style" (1995), Jive - US no. 63, US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs no. 25,[6] UK no. 68[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Fleming, Thomas C. (1995) "Debut CD For Nuttin' Nyce", The Sun Reporter, August 10, 1995. Retrieved December 9, 2012  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  2. ^ Samuels, Anita M. (1998) "Night Bird's Foster Takes Flight", Billboard, March 28, 1998, p. 17. Retrieved December 9, 2012
  3. ^ Johnson, Martin (1995) "Hard-core Crooners: Many R&B Groups Eager To Flaunt Their Raunchy Side", Chicago Tribune, October 15, 1995. Retrieved December 9, 2012
  4. ^ Flick, Larry (1995) "Singles", Billboard, October 28, 1995, p. 88. Retrieved December 9, 2012
  5. ^ "Rising Stars Contribute to 'Shame' Soundtrack", Baltimore Afro-American, November 12, 1994. Retrieved December 9, 2012
  6. ^ a b c d e "Nuttin' Nyce Chart History", Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Nuttin' Nyce", Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 9, 2012