Jeffrey Bruce Atkins, better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer and actor from Queens, New York. Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had multiple hits that made the top 20 of the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny" with Jennifer Lopez, which both topped the US Billboard Hot 100, the Grammy-nominated #1 hit "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" with Ashanti, "Wonderful" with R. Kelly and Ashanti. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to Murder Inc. Records known as The Inc. Records and led by Irv Gotti. Due to his hits with his collaborators, Ja Rule has earned four Grammy nominations, has had six top-ten albums, two of which, Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, topped the US Billboard 200. Ja Rule was born Jeffrey Bruce Atkins on February 29, 1976, to Debra and William Atkins in Hollis, a section of the Queens borough of New York City.
Jeffrey's father left the family when he was young. Atkins was raised as an only child, as his younger sister, died in the womb when Atkins was 5, his mother, was a healthcare worker, due to the amount of time she spent working, Atkins was raised by his grandparents as a Jehovah's Witness. Atkins' mother left the Jehovah's Witness religion when he was 12. Soon after, Atkins began selling drugs in Hollis. Atkins began his rap career in 1993 with the hip hop group Cash Money Click alongside members Chris Black and O-1, he took the stage name "Ja Rule", telling MTV News that the name came from a friend who addressed him by that name. Together they worked with producer DJ Irv to produce a number of songs, releasing their debut single "Get Tha Fortune" independently in 1994. After the group signed with TVT Records, the song was re-released through the label that year as the B-side to their second single, "4 My Click". "4 My Click" featured Mic Geronimo and became popular on pirate radio receiving airplay on Yo!
MTV Raps. Plans for the release of the group's eponymous debut studio album were bought to a halt in 1995 after Chris Black was sentenced to five years in prison and the group was dropped from TVT, which led to their third single "She Swallowed It" never being released, however it was bootlegged. With no label, the group disbanded shortly after being dropped. After being dropped from TVT, Ja Rule maintained a close relationship with DJ Irv, working as an executive producer for Def Jam at the time. DJ Irv, now known as Irv Gotti, was hired as an A&R for the label and was able to get Ja Rule a contract with Def Jam. In 1995, he made his first solo appearance on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build" alongside Jay-Z and DMX, who were in their early stages of their careers, he appeared on the song "Usual Suspects" from Mic Geronimo's second album Vendetta in 1997, alongside The Lox, DMX and Tragedy Khadafi. He had a brief cameo in the video for "Walk In New York" by Queens hardcore rap group Onyx. In 1997, Irv Gotti was granted his own imprint from Def Jam, known as Murder Inc.
Records. Ja Rule was promoted as the label's flagship artist, he continued to make guest appearances on songs by other artists, including Method Man, Nas, DMX, LL Cool J and Dru Hill, he appeared on Jay-Z's 1998 hit single "Can I Get A...", for which he wrote the hook. It was planned to be Ja Rule's debut single until Jay-Z heard the track and requested it for himself. During this time, he rapped under the modified stage name Jah. Returning to the Ja Rule name, his debut single, Holla Holla was released in March 1999 and became a hit, peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Fueled by the success of Holla Holla, Ja Rule's debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci, was released in 1999, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 with 184,000 copies sold in its first week, it reached platinum status in the US due to the popularity of "Holla Holla". A remix of "Holla Holla" was released, featuring Jay-Z, Cadillac Tah, Black Child, Memphis Bleek and Busta Rhymes. Ja Rule's second single, "Between Me and You", featuring Christina Milian, was released in June 2000 as the first single from his second studio album and became his first major crossover hit, earning Top 40 airplay and reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album's next single, "Put It on Me", featuring Vita and Lil' Mo, was released in December 2000 and became one of the biggest hits of 2001, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming the first top 10 hit for both Ja Rule and Vita. The video for "Put It on Me" topped the MTV Video Countdown for a week, became the first music video to be retired on BET's 106 & Park after spending more than 60 days on the countdown; the video ranked #1 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2001. Ja Rule's second album, Rule 3:36, was released on October 10, 2000, took a much different artistic direction to Ja Rule's previous work, including Venni Vetti Vecci, eschewing the hardcore hip-hop style he had become known for in favour of a mainstream-oriented pop-rap sound to greater success, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 276,000 copies sold in its first week, making it Ja Rule's first number one album; the album went on to be certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The success of Rule 3:36 promoted Ja Rule to international status, made Murder Inc. one of the biggest labels in the United States. The same success followed with his third album, which spawned three top 10 singles, two of them reaching #1; the first, "Livin' It Up", featuring Case, was released in July 2001
Tank (American singer)
Durrell Babbs, better known by his stage name Tank, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known for the singles "Maybe I Deserve", "Please Don't Go", "When We". Durrell Babbs was born in Milwaukee and moved with his family as a child to Washington, D. C.. He was a multisport athlete at Crossland High School and was offered the opportunity to play college football. However, Tank decided to focus on music and his talent led him to an opportunity to sing background vocals for Ginuwine during one of Ginuwine's tours. In 2001, Tank released his debut album Force of Nature which spawned the moderate hit Maybe I Deserve". In 2002, Tank released a single of the same name. Tank released his third solo album entitled Sex, Love & Pain in May 2007; the lead single of the album was the minor hit "Please Don't Go", which peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the year Tank and Tyrese Gibson formed a group called TGT; the group was put on hold due to contractual issues, but would go on to sign a contract with Atlantic Records in September 2012.
Tank released his fourth studio album, Now or Never, in December 2010. Tank collaborated with artists who included Chris Brown, Letoya Luckett on this project; the singles were "Sex Music", "I Can't Make You Love Me", "Emergency". Tank released his fifth studio album entitled This Is How I Feel in May 2012. Tank collaborated with the artists Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T. I. and Kris Stephens on the album. The song "Compliments", featuring Kris Stephens and T. I. was released as the lead single in October 2011. On September 14, 2013, Tank sang the U. S. national anthem before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez fight in Nevada, his sixth studio album Stronger was released in August 2014. It featured the title track, they did not make the US Hot 100 but both peaked in the Top 20 of the US Urban AC chart. The album marked a slight departure from his previous releases, focusing on a "retro R&B sound" for the album. Following disappointing sales of the release, Tank had claimed. In February 2015, a mixtape album entitled If You Were Mine was released.
That year, Tank premiered a new single, "You Don't Know", featuring Wale. It served as the lead single for his seventh studio album Sex Love & Pain II, released in January 2016; the album debuted at # 1 on # 15 on the US Top 200 Albums chart. A second single "#BDAY" followed that year, in addition to a holiday EP A Classic Christmas Night in December, released independently. In May 2017, Tank performed at Washington DC's Black Gay Pride event, garnering both praise and criticism and setting off a debate concerning the rare instances male R&B artists perform at LGBT events. In September 2017, Tank released Savage; the album's lead single "When We", has peaked at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tank's songwriting and production credits include working with Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Dave Hollister, Fantasia Barrino, Kelly Rowland, Marques Houston, Jamie Foxx, Donell Jones and Monica as a member of the production team The Underdogs and with his own team, Song Dynasty, he was a contributor to the score of the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, in which he had a cameo.
He was featured in the movie Preacher's Kid. He played recording company executive Jheryl Busby in the BET miniseries The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story, he got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Zena Foster on January 16, 2017. They've been together on and off since 2005 and share two children and Zoey, they were married in Los Angeles, California, on July 22, 2018. There were several celebrities in the building, including Kelly Rowland, Jamie Foxx, Larenz Tate, Letoya Luckett-Walker and many more. Tank is the father of three more children from previous relationships: Jordan and Durrell Jr. Studio albumsForce of Nature One Man Sex, Love & Pain Now or Never This Is How I Feel Stronger Sex Love & Pain II Savage Collaborative albumsThree Kings Official website Tank on IMDb
Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance
The Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony, established in 1958 and called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality songs on which rappers and singers collaborate. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to artists for "a newly recorded Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not perform together", the "collaborative artist should be recognized as a featured artist". Americans Eve and Gwen Stefani won the first award in 2002 with "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"; the pair were unsuccessfully nominated a second time in 2006 for "Rich Girl". American rapper Jay-Z has received seven Grammys in the category— four times as lead artist and three times as featured artist.
Rihanna is the female artist with the most wins in the category, with five wins out of nine total nominations. John Legend has received the most nominations in the category with six. From 2017, the award will be known as Best Rap/Sung Performance. Solo recordings are no longer excluded, "to represent the current state and future trajectory of rap by expanding the category beyond collaborations between rappers and vocalists to include recordings by a solo artist who blurs the lines between rapping and singing". ^ Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year. Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy Award for Best Rap Song Official site of the Grammy Awards
Foxy Brown (rapper)
Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, known professionally as Foxy Brown, is an American rapper and actress. She is best known for her solo work, as well as numerous collaborations with other artists and her brief stint as part of hip hop group The Firm. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, her father Winston Marchand abandoned the family at a young age to pursue his career at ERAC records, her albums include Ill Na Na in 1996, followed by Chyna Doll in 1999 and Grammy-nominated Broken Silence in 2001. She performed on the 1997 debut album by the Firm, the only album to be released by that group to date, she served some time in jail. After 2001, she continued recording verses for herself and other artists but did not release any albums. However, she returned to the label in January 2005 after then-Def Jam president and CEO Jay-Z signed her back to begin work on her new album Black Roses. In December 2005, she began suffering from hearing loss, which put her career on hiatus until the next summer, a few months after surgery.
A street album, Brooklyn Don Diva, a mixtape, was released in May 2008. Her upcoming visual album King Soon Come is expected to be released in 2019, she has been referred to as the "Rap Vixen Of Hip Hop" by media. While still a teenager, Brown won a talent contest in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Members of the production team Trackmasters who were working on LL Cool J's Mr. Smith album were in attendance that night and were impressed enough to invite Brown to rap over "I Shot Ya." She followed this debut with appearances on several RIAA platinum and gold singles from other artists, including remixes of songs "You're Makin' Me High" by Toni Braxton. Brown was featured on the soundtrack to the 1996 film The Nutty Professor, on the songs "Touch Me Tease Me" by Case and "Ain't No Nigga" by Jay-Z; the immediate success led to a label bidding war at the beginning of 1996, in March, Def Jam Records won and added the 17-year-old rapper to their roster. In 1996, Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, Da Brat, Total got together for the recording of Bad Boy's remix of "No One Else".
This was the only track that Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown appeared on together, the two were friends at the time. In 1996, Brown released her debut album Ill Na Na to mixed reviews but strong sales; the album sold over 109,000 copies in the first week, debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 album charts. The album was produced by Trackmasters, featured guest appearances from Jay-Z, Method Man, Kid Capri; the album went on to go platinum and launched two hit singles: "Get Me Home" and "I'll Be". Following the release of Ill Na Na, Brown joined fellow New York-based hip hop artists, Nas, AZ, Nature to form the supergroup known as The Firm; the album was released via Aftermath Records and was produced and recorded by the collective team of Dr. Dre, the Trackmasters, Steve "Commissioner" Stoute of Violator Entertainment. An early form of The Firm appeared on "Affirmative Action", from Nas' second album, It Was Written. A remix of the song, several group freestyles were in the album, Foxy Brown, AZ, Nature Present The Firm: The Album.
The album entered the Billboard 200 album chart at #1. In March 1997, she joined the spring break festivities hosted by MTV in Panama City, among other performers including rapper Snoop Dogg, pop group The Spice Girls, rock band Stone Temple Pilots, she joined the Smokin' Grooves tour hosted by the House of Blues with the headlining rap group Cypress Hill, along with other performers like Erykah Badu, The Roots, OutKast, The Pharcyde, the tour set to begin in Boston, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1997. However, after missing several dates in the tour, she left it. Chyna Doll was released in January 1999 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album charts which sold 173,000 copies in its opening week. However, its sales declined in weeks; the album's lead single, "Hot Spot", failed to enter the top 50 of the Billboard pop charts, as did the follow-up single, "I Can't". Chyna Doll has been certified platinum after surpassing one million copies sold in shippments. In early 1999, Brown stated on The Ricki Lake Show that she would appear in the 2000 action film Charlie's Angels.
The role, was recast after Brown's legal troubles. In 2001, Brown released Broken Silence; the single "BK Anthem" showcased Brown changing to a "street" image and giving a tribute to her hometown, to famous rappers such as The Notorious B. I. G. and Jay Z. The first single from the album was "Oh Yeah", which featured her then-boyfriend, Jamaican dancehall artist Spragga Benz; the track "Na Na Be Like" was produced by Nokio from Dru Hill. "Na Na Be Like" was on the Blue Streak Soundtrack. The album debuted on the Billboard Charts at # 5. Like previous albums, Broken Silence sold over 500,000 records and was certified gold by the RIAA. In the same year, Brown recorded a song for the action-comedy film Rush Hour 2, Blow My Whistle, a collaboration with Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada, was written by Utada herself alongside Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo; the song is included on Def Jam's Rush Hour 2 Soundtrack, which peaked the 11th spot on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the 1st on the Top Soundtracks.
"Blow My Whistle" was produced by The Neptunes. In 2002, Brown returned to the music scene with her single "Stylin'", whose remix featured rappers Birdman, her
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, actress, record producer and dancer. Born and raised in Houston, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, she rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the best-selling girl groups in history, their hiatus saw Beyoncé's theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember and the release of her first solo album, Dangerously in Love. The album established her as a solo artist worldwide, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and earning five Grammy Awards, featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy". Following the break-up of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B'Day, which contained her fourth number-one single, "Irreplaceable", as well as the top ten singles "Déjà Vu", "Beautiful Liar". Beyoncé continued her acting career, with starring roles in The Pink Panther and Obsessed.
Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z and portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records influenced her third album, I Am... Sasha Fierce, which saw the introduction of her alter-ego Sasha Fierce and earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies". Beyoncé took over management of her career, her critically acclaimed eponymous album, released in 2013 with no prior announcement, was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes. Her sixth album, Lemonade received widespread critical acclaim, with many referring to it as her most personal and political work to date, subsequently became the best-selling album of 2016. In 2018, she released Everything Is a collaborative album with husband Jay-Z, as The Carters. Throughout her career, Beyoncé has sold over 100 million records worldwide as a solo artist, a further 60 million records with Destiny's Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
She is a multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winning recording artist, acclaimed for her thrilling vocals and live concert shows. The Recording Industry Association of America recognized Beyoncé as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s decade. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade and the Top Female Artist of the 2000s decade. Among numerous awards and accolades, Beyoncé has won 23 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award's history, she is the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins, including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. In 2008, she was awarded the Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts at the World Music Awards. In 2011, Beyoncé was presented with the inaugural Millennium Award at the Billboard Music Awards. In 2014, she became the highest-paid black musician in history and was listed among Time's 100 most influential people in the world for a second year in a row. Forbes ranked her as the most powerful female in entertainment on their 2015 and 2017 lists, in 2016, she occupied the sixth place for Time's Person of the Year.
In 2016, she was awarded the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. With the release of Lemonade, Beyoncé became the first and only musical act in Billboard chart history to debut at number one with their first six solo studio albums. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born in Houston, Texas, to Celestine "Tina" Knowles, a hairdresser and salon owner, Mathew Knowles, a Xerox sales manager. Beyoncé's name is a tribute to her mother's maiden name. Beyoncé's younger sister Solange is a singer and a former backup dancer for Destiny's Child. Solange and Beyoncé are the first sisters to have both had No. 1 albums. Mathew is African American. Through her mother, Beyoncé is a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard. Beyoncé attended St. Mary's Montessori School in Houston, her singing talent was discovered when dance instructor Darlette Johnson began humming a song and she finished it, able to hit the high-pitched notes. Beyoncé's interest in music and performing continued after winning a school talent show at age seven, singing John Lennon's "Imagine" to beat 15/16-year-olds.
In fall of 1990, Beyoncé enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston, where she would perform with the school's choir. She attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Alief Elsik High School. Beyoncé was a member of the choir at St. John's United Methodist Church as a soloist for two years; when Beyoncé was eight and childhood friend Kelly Rowland met LaTavia Roberson while at an audition for an all-girl entertainment group. They were placed into a group called Girl's Tyme with three other girls, rapped and danced on the talent show circuit in Houston. After seeing the group, R&B producer Arne Frager brought them to his Northern California studio and placed them in Star Search, the largest talent show on national TV at the time. Girl's Tyme failed to win, Beyoncé said the song they performed was not good. In 1995 Beyoncé's father resigned from his job to manage the group; the move reduced Beyoncé's family's income by half, her parents were forced to move into separated apartments.
Mathew cut the original line-up to four and the group conti
Tyrese Gibson known mononymously as Tyrese, is an American singer, rapper, model, VJ, film producer and television producer. He played Joseph "Jody" Summers in Baby Boy, Angel Mercer in Four Brothers, Roman Pearce in the Fast and the Furious series and Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several major Hollywood releases. Gibson was raised in Watts, Los Angeles, California, his mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson, raised him and his three older siblings as a single parent after Gibson's father, Tyrone Gibson, left. Gibson's career began when he auditioned for a Coca Cola commercial at the suggestion of his high school music teacher. An appearance in a 1994 Coca-Cola advertisement, singing the phrase "Always Coca-Cola", led to bigger fame, it led him to other appearances for Tommy Hilfiger. In early 1998, Gibson was signed as an artist to early RCA Records. Afterwards, he released his debut single "Nobody Else", it rose on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #36.
On September 29, 1998, he released his self-titled album Tyrese at the age of 19. It debuted on the Billboard charts at #17. In late 1998, Gibson became the new host of the weekday music video show MTV Jams on MTV and a host and VJ for the channel. Afterwards, he released the second single from the album "Lately", it made it to #56 on the Billboard charts. The album's third single and highest charting single "Sweet Lady" became the album's biggest hit, reaching #9 on the R&B charts; the single earned Gibson a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. The album went on to be certified Platinum. Gibson along with singers Ginuwine, RL of Next and Case were featured on the soundtrack of The Best Man on the single "The Best Man I Can Be". On May 22, 2001, Gibson released 2000 Watts; the first single off the album was "I Like Them Girls," which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album went on to be certified selling over 500,000 copies; the third single off the album, "Just a Baby Boy," with Snoop Dogg and Mr. Tan, was featured on the soundtrack to the film Baby Boy, Gibson's first major acting role.
After RCA Records was disbanded Gibson went on to sign to J Records. There he released his third studio album I Wanna Go There on December 10, 2002, his first single from the album and arguably his most successful single to date "How You Gonna Act Like That" debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #7. On December 12, 2006, Gibson released his fourth studio album Alter Ego, his first double disc album, it was his first album in which he debuts his rapping persona. The first single off the album was "One" debuting on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #26; the album itself is considered Gibson's lowest selling album to date. In 2007, Gibson and Tank founded TGT. After taking time from music to focus on his family and his successful acting career, Gibson decided it was time to return to music. In 2011, he signed himself and his newly founded label Voltron Recordz to EMI and announced he was working on a new album titled Open Invitation. On August 16, 2011, Gibson released the lead single "Stay".the music video for the single featured fellow actor and Baby Boy co-star Taraji P. Henson.
It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #11. The second single "Too Easy" featured fellow actor and rapper Ludacris, it peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #38. The third single "Nothing On You" peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #61. Open Invitation was released on November 1, 2011, it debuted on the US Billboard 200 albums chart at #9, sold 130,000 copies in its first week and has gone on to sell over 400,000 copies. In 2013, the album earned Gibson his third Grammy nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album. In early 2013, it was announced and confirmed after much speculation that Gibson and Tank would be releasing their debut collaboration album, to be distributed by Atlantic Records. On April 10, 2013, Gibson announced that he is working on a new album titled Black Rose, expected to be released some time in 2014, it will serve as Gibson's final studio album. It will be a double album set to be released in the summer of 2015. On July 10, 2015, Black Rose was released and had debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 77,000 copies, making it Gibson's first number one album of his career.
Gibson has a recurring role in two of the highest-grossing film series: The Fast and the Furious and Transformers. His first big role was in John Singleton's Baby Boy in 2001. In 2005, Gibson co-starred in the action-crime drama Four Brothers alongside Mark Wahlberg, starred in the action-drama Waist Deep with Meagan Good. In 2008, he co-starred opposite Jason Statham in Death Race. Gibson plays Roman Pearce in the Furious film series, he first played Pearce alongside his best friend Paul Walker in 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious, his second collaboration with Singleton. He returned as Roman Pearce in Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious. Gibson portrays Sergeant Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. In 2007, with the ensemble cast of Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight, with star Shia LaBeouf, Transformers went on to make nearly $710 million worldwide, it was co-produced by Michael Bay. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. Gibson revised his role in the sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Gibson was supposed to return as Epps in Transformers: The Last Knight, but wa
Koffee Brown was an American R&B and neo-soul duo consisting of male singer Falonte "Fonz" Moore and female singer Vernell "Vee" Sales. They were signed to Arista Records, they are best known for their song "After Party" released in December 2000. Naughty by Nature group member Kay Gee had formed Divine Mill Records, whose roster includes Warner Bros. Records recording artists Jaheim, Eddie Berkeley, Barry Salters, Allstar. RL Huggar suggested Fonz leave his native Howardsville, Missouri to come to Minnesota and audition for Kay Gee. East Orange, New Jersey-born Vee was an old neighborhood friend of Kay Gee and had toured as a background singer with Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans, she can be heard on Case's "Touch Me, Tease Me" from The Nutty Professor movie soundtrack and the Next single, "Too Close". After their formation as a duo, they appeared on Next's Rated Next in 1997 and Naughty by Nature's Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury in 1999; the duo had major success with their debut single "After Party", a jazzy dance track that started climbing the charts in early 2001 and is included on their Arista debut album Mars/Venus.
Filling a male/female-singing duo void of the time, Koffee Brown was embraced. Their first and only album, Mars/Venus, was released on March 6, 2001 and featured the hit "After Party", which peaked at 44 on the Billboard Hot 100; the album itself peaked at 32 on the Billboard 200, however after the album ran its course, Koffee Brown disappeared from the music industry. VH1 Bio