Faheem Rasheed Najm, better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American rapper, singer and record producer. His debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released in 2005. In 2007, T-Pain released his second album Epiphany, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, his third album, Thr33 Ringz, was released in 2008. T-Pain has released a string of hit singles, including "I'm Sprung", "I'm'n Luv", "Buy U a Drank", "Bartender", "Can't Believe It", "5 O'Clock" and more. T-Pain has earned two Grammy Awards, alongside artists Kanye Jamie Foxx respectively. T-Pain is the founder of the record label imprint Nappy Boy Entertainment, established in 2005. Throughout his career as a singer, T-Pain is best known for using and popularizing the creative use of the Auto-Tune pitch correction effect, used with extreme parameter settings to create distinctive vocal sounds. From 2006 to 2010, T-Pain was featured on more than 50 chart topping singles, his most successful feature to date was on Flo Rida's debut single "Low", which has since been certified 6x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Najm was raised in Tallahassee, Florida. His stage name is short for "Tallahassee Pain", was chosen because of the hardships he experienced while living there. Najm was brought up in a Muslim household, but he has expressed his lack of interest in the concept of religion. At just three years old he got his first taste of the music business when a friend of the family, gospel jazz artist/producer Ben Tankard, allowed him to spend time and "twist the knobs" at his recording studio. At age ten, Najm turned his bedroom into a music studio, using a keyboard, a beat machine and a four-track recorder. T-Pain joined the rap group Nappy Headz in 2004 and recorded "I'm Fucked Up", a cover version of Akon's single "Locked Up". Recording artist Akon heard the song and signed T-Pain to Konvict Muzik, his label. After being discovered, T-Pain began singing instead of rapping. T-Pain subsequently recorded and released his debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, on December 6, 2005; the album reached number thirty-three on the Billboard 200, has since been certified Gold by the RIAA, for reaching sales of 500,000 units.
The album was preceded by the lead single, "I'm Sprung", released in August 2005 and reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The second single, "I'm N Luv", featuring Mike Jones, was released in December 2005 and reached number five on the Hot 100 and number ten on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; the third and final single from the album, "Studio Luv", was released in October 2006 but failed to chart. In mid-2006, T-Pain began work on his second album, now with the Zomba Label Group as well as Konvict Muzik and Jive Records; the album, titled Epiphany, was released on June 5, 2007. The album sold 171,000 records in its first week, reaching number one on the Billboard 200; the record has since sold 819,000 records in the United States. The album was preceded by the lead single "Buy U a Drank" featuring Yung Joc in February 2007; the single reached number one on both the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming his first single to top charts.
The album's second single, "Bartender", featuring Akon was released in June 2007 and reached number five on the Hot 100 and number nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The third and final single from the album, "Church", was released in October 2007 but failed to chart in the United States. Speaking in May 2007 to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis, of the award-winning Blues & Soul about his reason for naming his second album'Epiphany', T-Pain stated: "One of the two dictionary meanings of epiphany is'a sudden moment of insight or revelation', and to me the title'Epiphany' signifies the moment I realized that, to make the best music I can, I needed to just go in the studio and be myself, not concentrate so hard on following other people's formulas."While promoting his second album, T-Pain made guest appearances on multiple songs by other artists. T-Pain was featured on "I'm a Flirt" by R. Kelly with T. I. "Outta My System" by Bow Wow, "Baby Don't Go" by Fabolous, "I'm So Hood" by DJ Khaled with many other rappers, "Shawty" by Plies, "Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown, "Low" by Flo Rida, "Good Life" by Kanye West.
In two weeks in late 2007, T-Pain was featured on four top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart"Good Life" with Kanye West won the BET Award for Best Collaboration and was nominated in several other categories. In 2008, the single won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song. In 2007, T-Pain began work on his third album with Rocco Valdes and Lil Wayne; the album was his first under his Nappy Boy Entertainment. T-Pain's third studio album, Thr33 Ringz, was released on November 11, 2008; the album sold 168,000 records in its first week, reaching number four on the Billboard 200. A mixtape, Pr33 Ringz, was released in early 2008 before the album; the album was preceded by three singles. Its lead single, "Can't Believe It", featuring Lil Wayne, was released in July 2008; the single reached number two on the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album's second single, "Chopped'N' Skrewed", featuring Ludacris, was released in September 2008; the single reached number twenty-seven on the Hot 100 and number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The third and final single from the album, "Freeze", featuring Chris Brown, was released in October 2008 and reached number thirty-eight on the Hot 100 and number thirty-nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Guest appearances on Thr33 Ringz included T. I. Lil Wayne, Ludacris, DJ Khaled, Chris Brown and Kanye
Lisa Nicole Lopes, better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American hip hop singer, rapper and producer. Lopes was best known as one-third of the R&B girl group TLC, alongside Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Besides rapping and singing background vocals on TLC recordings, Lopes was one of the creative forces behind the group, she received more co-writing credits than the other members. She designed the outfits and staging for the group and contributed to the group's image, album titles and music videos. Through her work with TLC, Lopes won four Grammy Awards. During her short solo career, Lopes scored two US top-ten singles with "Not Tonight" and "U Know What's Up", as well as one UK number-one single with "Never Be the Same Again", she produced the girl group Blaque, who scored a platinum album and two US top-ten hits. Lopes remains the only member of TLC to have released a solo album. On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in a car crash while on a trip with her sister and others.
She swerved off the road to avoid hitting another vehicle, was thrown from her car, died instantly. She was working on a documentary at the time of her death, released as The Last Days of Left Eye and aired on VH1 in May 2007. Lopes was born in 1971 in Philadelphia, the daughter of Wanda Denise, a seamstress, Ronald Lopes Sr. a US Army staff sergeant, She was of Cape Verdean and African American descent. She had Ronald Jr. and a younger sister, Raina Anitra. Lopes said her father was "very strict domineering" and that he treated the family like they were in "boot camp", he was a "talented musician" who played the harmonica, clarinet and saxophone. Lopes' parents separated when she was still in school, she was raised by her paternal grandmother for the years of her childhood, she began playing with a toy keyboard at five years old, composed her own songs. By age 10, she formed the musical trio The Lopes Kids with her siblings, with whom she sang gospel songs at local events and churches, she attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls.
At the age of 19, having heard of an open casting call for a new girl group through her then-boyfriend, Lopes moved to Atlanta to audition. Starting as a female trio called 2nd Nature, the group was renamed TLC, derived from the first initials of its members at the time: Tionne and Crystal. Things did not work out with Crystal Jones, TLC's manager Perri "Pebbles" Reid brought in Damian Dame backup dancer Rozonda Thomas as a third member of the group. To preserve the band's original name, Rozonda needed a name starting with C, how she became "Chilli," a name chosen by Lopes. Bandmate Tionne Watkins became T-Boz, derived from the first letter of her first name and "Boz". Lopes was renamed "Left Eye" after a compliment from a man who once told her he was attracted to her because of her left eye. Lopes emphasized her nickname by wearing a pair of glasses with the right lens covered by a condom, in keeping with the group's promotion of safe sex, wearing a black stripe under her left eye, getting her left eyebrow pierced.
The group arrived on the music scene in 1992 with the album Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip. With four hit singles, it sold six million copies worldwide, leading to the group becoming a household name. Two years CrazySexyCool was released, selling over 23 million copies worldwide, cemented TLC as one of the biggest female groups of all time. TLC's third album, FanMail, was sold over 14 million copies worldwide, its title was a tribute to TLC's loyal fans and the sleeve contained the names of hundreds of them as a "thank you". During the recording of FanMail, a public conflict began amongst the members of the group. In the May 1999 issue of Vibe magazine, Lopes said, "I've graduated from this era. I cannot stand 100 percent behind this TLC project and the music, supposed to represent me." In response to Lopes' comments and Thomas stated to Entertainment Weekly that Lopes "doesn't respect the whole group" and "Left Eye is only concerned with Left Eye." In response, Lopes sent a reply through Entertainment Weekly issuing a "challenge" to Watkins and Thomas to release solo albums and let the public decide, the "greatest" member of TLC: I challenge Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas to an album entitled "The Challenge"... a 3-CD set that contains three solo albums.
Each... will be due to the record label by October 1, 2000... I challenge Dallas'The Manipulator' Austin to produce all of the material and do it at a fraction of his normal rate; as I think about it, I'm sure LaFace would not mind throwing in a $1.5 million dollar prize for the winner. T-Boz and Chilli declined to take up the challenge, though Lopes always maintained it was a great idea. Things were heated between the ladies for some time, with Thomas speaking out against Lopes, calling her antics "selfish", "evil", "heartless". TLC addressed these fights by saying that they are much like sisters that have their disagreements every now and as Lopes stated, "It's deeper than a working relationship. We have feelings for each other, why we get so mad at each other. I say that you cannot hate someone unless you love them. So, we love each other. That's the problem." In 1998, Lopes hosted the short-lived MTV series, The Cut, in which a handful of aspiring pop stars and rock bands competed against each other in front of judges.
The show's winner, which ended up being a male-female rap duo named Silky, was promised a record deal and funding to produce a music video, which would enter
Funk is a music genre that originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music and rhythm and blues. Funk de-emphasizes melody and chord progressions and focuses on a strong rhythmic groove of a bass line played by an electric bassist and a drum part played by a drummer. Like much of African-inspired music, funk consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments playing interlocking grooves. Funk uses the same richly colored extended chords found in bebop jazz, such as minor chords with added sevenths and elevenths, or dominant seventh chords with altered ninths and thirteenths. Funk originated in the mid-1960s, with James Brown's development of a signature groove that emphasized the downbeat—with heavy emphasis on the first beat of every measure, the application of swung 16th notes and syncopation on all bass lines, drum patterns, guitar riffs. Other musical groups, including Sly and the Family Stone, the Meters, Parliament-Funkadelic, soon began to adopt and develop Brown's innovations.
While much of the written history of funk focuses on men, there have been notable funk women, including Chaka Khan, Lyn Collins, Brides of Funkenstein, Mother's Finest, Betty Davis. Funk derivatives include the psychedelic funk of George Clinton. Funk samples and breakbeats have been used extensively in hip hop and various forms of electronic dance music, such as house music, old-school rave and drum and bass, it is the main influence of go-go, a subgenre associated with funk. The word funk referred to a strong odor, it is derived from Latin "fumigare" via Old French "fungiere" and, in this sense, it was first documented in English in 1620. In 1784 "funky" meaning "musty" was first documented, which, in turn, led to a sense of "earthy", taken up around 1900 in early jazz slang for something "deeply or felt". In early jam sessions, musicians would encourage one another to "get down" by telling one another, "Now, put some stank on it!". At least as early as 1907, jazz songs carried titles such as Funky.
The first example is an unrecorded number by Buddy Bolden, remembered as either "Funky Butt" or "Buddy Bolden's Blues" with improvised lyrics that were, according to Donald M. Marquis, either "comical and light" or "crude and downright obscene" but, in one way or another, referring to the sweaty atmosphere at dances where Bolden's band played; as late as the 1950s and early 1960s, when "funk" and "funky" were used in the context of jazz music, the terms still were considered indelicate and inappropriate for use in polite company. According to one source, New Orleans-born drummer Earl Palmer "was the first to use the word'funky' to explain to other musicians that their music should be made more syncopated and danceable." The style evolved into a rather hard-driving, insistent rhythm, implying a more carnal quality. This early form of the music set the pattern for musicians; the music was identified as slow, loose, riff-oriented and danceable. A great deal of funk is rhythmically based on a two-celled onbeat/offbeat structure, which originated in sub-Saharan African music traditions.
New Orleans appropriated the bifurcated structure from the Afro-Cuban mambo and conga in the late 1940s, made it its own. New Orleans funk, as it was called, gained international acclaim because James Brown's rhythm section used it to great effect. Funk uses the same richly coloured extended chords found in bebop jazz, such as minor chords with added sevenths and elevenths, or dominant seventh chords with altered ninths. However, unlike bebop jazz, with its complex, rapid-fire chord changes, funk abandoned chord changes, creating static single chord vamps with melodo-harmonic movement and a complex, driving rhythmic feel; some of the best known and most skilful soloists in funk have jazz backgrounds. Trombonist Fred Wesley and saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker are among the most notable musicians in the funk music genre, with both of them working with James Brown, George Clinton and Prince; the chords used in funk songs imply a dorian or mixolydian mode, as opposed to the major or natural minor tonalities of most popular music.
Melodic content was derived by mixing these modes with the blues scale. In the 1970s, jazz music drew upon funk to create a new subgenre of jazz-funk, which can be heard in recordings by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock. Funk creates an intense groove by using strong guitar riffs and bass lines played on electric bass. Like Motown recordings, funk songs use bass lines as the centerpiece of songs. Indeed, funk has been called the style in which the bass line is most prominent in the songs, with the bass playing the "hook" of the song. Early funk basslines used syncopation, but with the addition of more of a "driving feel" than in New Orleans funk, they used blues scale notes along with the major third above the root. Funk basslines use sixteenth note syncopation, blues scales, repetitive patterns with leaps of an octave or a larger interval. Funk bass lines emphasize repetitive patterns, locked-in grooves, continuous playing, slap and popping bass. Slapping and popping uses a mixture of thumb-slapped low notes (also
Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents purportedly unscripted real-life situations starring unknown individuals rather than professional actors. Reality television came to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the global successes of the series Survivor and Big Brother, all of which became global franchises. Reality television shows tend to be interspersed with "confessionals", short interview segments in which cast members reflect on or provide context for the events being depicted on-screen. Competition-based reality shows feature gradual elimination of participants, either by a panel of judges or by the viewership of the show. Documentaries, television news, sports television, talk shows, traditional game shows are not classified as reality television; some genres of television programming that predate the reality television boom are retroactively labeled reality television, including hidden camera shows, talent-search shows, documentary series about ordinary people, high-concept game shows, home improvement shows, court shows featuring real-life cases.
Reality television has faced significant criticism since its rise in popularity. Critics argue reality television shows do not reflect reality, in ways both implicit, deceptive; some have been accused of underdog to win. Other criticisms of reality television shows include that they are intended to humiliate or exploit participants. Television formats portraying ordinary people in unscripted situations are as old as the television medium itself. Producer-host Allen Funt's Candid Camera, in which unsuspecting people were confronted with funny, unusual situations and filmed with hidden cameras, first aired in 1948, is seen as a prototype of reality television programming. Precedents for television that portrayed people in unscripted situations began in the late 1940s. Queen for a Day was an early example of reality-based television; the 1946 television game show Carry sometimes featured contestants performing stunts. Debuting in 1948, Allen Funt's hidden camera show Candid Camera broadcast unsuspecting ordinary people reacting to pranks.
In 1948, talent search shows Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour and Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts featured amateur competitors and audience voting. In the 1950s, game shows Beat the Clock and Truth or Consequences involved contestants in wacky competitions and practical jokes. Confession was a crime/police show which aired from June 1958 to January 1959, with interviewer Jack Wyatt questioning criminals from assorted backgrounds; the radio series Nightwatch tape-recorded the daily activities of Culver City, California police officers. The series You Asked for It incorporated audience involvement by basing episodes around requests sent in by postcard from viewers. "You're Another", a science fiction short story by American writer Damon Knight, first appeared in the June 1955 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and contains the earliest fictional depiction of what is now called reality television. First broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1964, the Granada Television documentary Seven Up!, broadcast interviews with a dozen ordinary 7-year-olds from a broad cross-section of society and inquired about their reactions to everyday life.
Every seven years, a film documented the life of the same individuals during the intervening period, titled the Up Series, episodes include "7 Plus Seven", "21 Up", etc.. The program was structured as a series of interviews with no element of plot. However, it did have the then-new effect of turning ordinary people into celebrities; the first reality show in the modern sense may have been the series The American Sportsman, which ran from 1965 to 1986 on ABC in the United States. A typical episode featured one or more celebrities, sometimes their family members, being accompanied by a camera crew on an outdoor adventure, such as hunting, hiking, scuba diving, rock climbing, wildlife photography, horseback riding, race car driving, the like, with most of the resulting action and dialogue being unscripted, except for the narration. In the 1966 Direct Cinema film Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol filmed various acquaintances with no direction given; the 12-part 1973 PBS series An American Family showed a nuclear family going through a divorce.
In 1974 a counterpart program, The Family, was made in the UK, following the working class Wilkins family of Reading. Other forerunners of modern reality television were the 1970s productions of Chuck Barris: The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, all of which featured participants who were eager to sacrifice some of their privacy and dignity in a televised competition; the 1976-1980 BBC series The Big Time showed, in each of its 15 episodes, a different amateur in some field trying to succeed professionally in that field, with help from notable experts. The series is credited with starting the career of Sheena Easton, selected to appear in the episode showing an aspiring pop singer trying to enter the music business. In 1978, Living in the Past recreated life in an
A Diva's Christmas Carol
A Diva's Christmas Carol is a 2000 VH1-original Christmas television film starring Vanessa L. Williams, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Brian McNamara and Kathy Griffin; the film is based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, featuring an ego-driven pop singer who gets a reality check by three Christmas spirits. The film premiered on December 13, 2000. Ebony Scrooge is one of the world's most successful pop singers. However, with her cold-hearted soul and nasty attitude, she lacks a great deal of holiday cheer and makes her manager Bob along with her bandmates anything but happy. In addition, she neglected her niece Olivia. While in New York for a charity concert, Ebony is visited by the ghost of one of her former singing partners, Marli Jacob, who died in a car crash in 1990, she tells Ebony that she was unhappy with her for willingly abandoning her during her struggles with her drug addiction which led to the car accident that killed her. She mentions that God knows Ebony took advantage of Marli's death to plot her solo career, the fact that she is using the charity concert as an excuse to add to her own wealth.
Because of it, Marli is still earthbound and in chains, warns Ebony that she may face a similar fate. Marli tells her that she will be visited by three spirits: the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Yet To Come, who will turn Ebony's life around; the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Ebony her tragic past with her abusive, alcoholic father, how she became the cold person she is today because of it. The only person that made Ebony feel loved was her brother, he was trying to be positive for their family, which continued after the two were removed from their father's custody, split up, placed in foster care, it was revealed that though Ebony had been adopted into a nice family and managed to keep in touch with Ronnie, she had refused to visit her father, whom she has never forgiven for the abuse he put both her and Ronnie through. While Ronnie tried to give their father a second chance, he soon learned that she had been right about their father not having changed his ways, he began drinking again, Ronnie left home for good.
He had a Olivia before dying of a sudden brain aneurysm. During her years as Desire's lead singer, Ebony had a relationship with Bob, a DJ at the time, he was considering marrying her before she coldly broke up with him. Ebony had worked well with Desire until her coldness caused rifts, along with Marli's drug problems broke up the band. Before leaving her, the ghost takes Ebony to Terry Freeman, Desire's other singer and Ebony and Marli's once close friend, now a destitute Meals on Wheels client due to Ebony having abandoned her following Marli's death and crushing her financially in a lawsuit regarding the "Desire" name; the ghost confronts Ebony over her maltreatment of Terry over the years, saying she should never had abandoned her friend when she needed her. Ebony finds a wild party in her suite, with a heavy metal rocker at the center of the chaos, he is the Ghost of Christmas Present, who shows her she is overworking her crew. She comes to learn just how much her band hates her and that they insult her behind her back.
Ebony shows sympathy and concern for Bob's ailing son Tim realizing just how strained his relationship with his family is. The ghost shows Ebony that her accountant Ernie is spending his Christmas with his girlfriend; this angers Ebony because Ernie was supposed to be her trusted accountant, makes her realize why he's always insisted on her staying on a tight budget – the less she spends, the more he can steal from her. The Ghost takes Ebony to see the homeless people her concert is supposed to benefit, but whom she's never interacted with; the ghost shows her. Lastly, the Ghost takes her to the apartment of her estranged niece Olivia. Olivia tells her husband and friends. Ebony starts regretting how she treated Olivia in the past, appreciates that she is the only living blood relative she has left. At this point, she starts to see everything in a new light and feels terrible about the way that she mistreated Olivia and her band. Before leaving, the Ghost warns Ebony of the two main killers that could destroy her own life: Ignorance and Greed.
Ebony reluctantly allows Bob to rush home to be with his wife Kelly and sick son Tim. The last spirit is the one; the Ghost is depicted as a miniature television showing a tragic episode of Behind the Music, which depicts many artists such as Brian McKnight commenting on the life and death of Ebony Scrooge. Her former bandmates use the show to air out their grievances about who she is inside and ruining her public image in the process; the matter is made worse when one of her disgruntled former back up singers, theorizes that Ebony had planned to destroy Desire by letting Marli die from her drug problems and leaving Terry financially ruined, so the former could take advantage and make her own solo career more successful. While Bob defends Ebony from this by debunking Tina's theory, he reveals how much he couldn't forgive her for making him work on Christmas, which led
Hip hop soul
Hip hop soul is a subgenre of contemporary R&B music, most popular during the early and mid 1990s, which fuses R&B/gospel singing with hip hop musical production. The subgenre had evolved from a previous R&B subgenre, new jack swing, which had incorporated hip-hop influences into R&B music. By contrast, hip hop soul is, as described in The Encyclopedia of African American Music, "quite soul singing over hip hop grooves"; the genre was most popular during the mid 1990s with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Jodeci, TLC, R. Kelly, Montell Jordan. By the late 1990s, hip hop soul would lead to the creation of neo soul, which retained the hip-hop and R&B/gospel influences while adding elements of classic 1970s soul music. Hip hop soul evolved directly from new jack swing, a form of contemporary R&B popularized by artists and producers such as Teddy Riley and his group Guy, Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown. New jack swing had incorporated elements of hip-hop music—primarily hip-hop-inspired drum tracks and rapped verses—into contemporary R&B music heavily inspired by the work of Prince.
Hip hop soul took the hip-hop/R&B synthesis further by having R&B singers sing directly over the types of sample-heavy backing tracks found in contemporary hip-hop recordings. The creation and evolution of hip hop soul led to an symbiotic relationship between its parent genres. Hip hop soul acts presented themselves in styles and personas comparable to those of rappers—dressing in hip hop fashions and adopting a tougher image than the traditional pop-friendly personas of R&B artists; the subgenre increased the popularity of R&B music among the younger hip-hop audience, leading to better sales and airplay success for hip hop soul recordings versus previous forms of post-disco R&B, on the Billboard pop music sales charts. It increased the popularity of hip-hop music and culture with older audiences and corporations looking to market urban music. However, the creation of hip hop soul has been argued by music journalists and fans of R&B music to have "killed off" traditional styles of R&B. Other than the vocals, hip hop songs such as Hate It or Love It, contains soul samples and would be considered a "hip hop soul beat".
The term "hip hop soul" is attributed to record producer and rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs, who came up with the term during the promotion of What's the 411?, the 1992 debut album of Uptown Records artist Mary J. Blige. Blige was promoted by the company as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul", her debut album produced by Combs, was filled with mid-tempo R&B ballads sung over hip-hop beats and samples. Diary of a Mad Band, the second album from another Uptown act, featured the four-man male vocal group moving away from its new jack swing origins into hip hop soul recordings driven more by hip-hop rhythms than melodies. A large number of male acts, both solo performers and groups, followed or competed with Jodeci, among them R. Kelly, 112, Tony! Toni! Toné! and Blackstreet, a second group formed by Teddy Riley. Hip hop soul artist Montell Jordan was the first R&B singer signed to hip-hop record label Def Jam Recordings. Another key recording is "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By", a 1995 duet between Wu-Tang rapper Method Man and Mary J. Blige which interpolated Method Man's rapped verses with Blige singing a cover of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's "You're All I Need to Get By".
"I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By" won the 1996 Grammy Award for Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The female vocal group TLC, made up of two singers and a rapper, like Jodeci, had their start in new jack swing with their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip, their second album, CrazySexyCool, to which Puffy Combs was a significant contributor, moved the group into the aesthetic of hip hop soul. Similar female acts of the time included SWV, Adina Howard, Faith Evans, Total, the latter two acts signed to Puffy Combs' own label, Bad Boy Entertainment. Hip hop soul as a distinct subgenre experienced a lull in popularity with the spread of hip-hop influences into more standard R&B music by the end of the 1990s and the emergence of neo soul, an R&B subgenre which blended hip-hop and contemporary R&B with heavier influences from the soul music of the 1960s and 1970s. Examples of neo soul artists include Tony! Toni! Toné!, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill.
Several newer artists continued to perform in the hip hop soul subgenre in its original form from the 2000s forward, among them John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, K. Michelle, Keyshia Cole. African-American music Soul music