Monday, October 11, 2010

Tony! Toni! Tone! Makes "It Feel Good"...


When you think of Oakland California you think of many artists, including Billy Joe Armstrong (Greenday), Digital Underground, Keyshia Cole, and many more, But a time in the late 80's where the hip hops of a house party rang sounds of much "Gangsta Rap", A R&B male group from Oakland California took the separate route from the normal sounds the west coast had to offer then, and smooth sailed into our parents hearts with their "New Jack Swing". Tony Toni Tone broke ground in 1988 with their Gold album "Who?" the singles "Born Not To Know", "For The Love Of You" and "Baby Doll" were all Top 10 R&B singles on Billboard, but still these men D'wayne Wiggins on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins) on lead vocals and bass, and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley on drums still had something to prove....Natural talent and a damn good ear out weighs the popular....

("Feels Good")


("It Never Rains In Southern California")



Their second album and most favored "The Revival" in 1990 took the R&B charts and spectators by storm with their hits "It Never Rains In Southern California", "Feels Good", "The Blues", and "Whatever You Want"(Later sampled by Ludacris) all topping the R&B charts. "Feels Good" was the group's first single to breach the Top 10 of the Hot 100and managed to go gold. But was just platinum enough to hang your hat on? Flash forward to current charts 100,000 albums sold is now considered "platinum status" when long ago the days of Platinum were only the beginning even for a new artist trying to break away from the pack.

Platinum (For those who don't know) ='s one million records, which equals 10 million one dollar bills(assuming cd sells at 9.99) for your record company to disburse among themselves, your marketing manufacturing, and blah blah blah also any other trinkets you've desired through you hiking up the hill to platinum status(eventually getting to the artist's pockets)....Now Platinum they may have been but the flash of a next album which with artists now would mean more jewels, more bad chicks for the video, more cars,...more more more yet less musical inspiration, but did Tony Toni Tone disappoint their fans with the continued success?....

NOPE..a pit stop in 91' from the Boyz in the hood soundtrack (A very hardcore soundtrack at that , which reached number 1 on the R&B charts) "Me and You"...made us believe we were on to something with the lyrics... Now that the both of us really know each other/Its time that we explore one another/ YEAAAAHHH!!!! BABY!/ (Sorry that was my favorite part)

("Just Me And You")


93's "Sons Of Soul" was truly the new nickname for these boyz from the hood tracking up hill once more. Now having more than enough "Rank" to say "The R&B name lives on through Tony Toni Tone". "Sons Of Soul" Took on double platinum status and had hit singles "If I Had No Loot" which hit #7 on the Hot 100, "Anniversary" which reached #10 on the Hot 100, and "(Lay Your Head On My) Pillow" which reached #4 on the R&B charts.

A Boy Band you couldn't call these funk survivors, sell out's... no, but what you can call them are the glue that kept 80's R&B/ New Jack Swing funky colorful and youthful..

Additional Info:

The term "New Jack Swing" or swingbeat is a fusion genre popular from the late-1980s into the mid-1990s. It fuses the rhythms, samples and production techniques of hip-hop and dance-pop with the urban contemporary sound of R&B. The new jack swing style developed as many previous R&B styles did, by combining elements of older styles with newer trends. It uses R&B style vocals sung over hip hop and dance-pop style influenced instrumentation.

It was coined by writer-filmmaker Barry Michael Cooper (screenwriter for the films New Jack City, Above the Rim, and Sugar Hill) in a cover story in the Village Voice titled, "Teddy Riley Groove Master: Harlem Gangsters Raise a Genius"

Ms.A's Favorite: "Whatever You Want"

36 comments:

  1. Great write up Ms.A I use to love them

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  2. Never rains in southern California is classic to me

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  3. Damn Ms.A you dropped some knowledge girl!!

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  4. Ms.A dropped some knowledge great write up Ms.A

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  5. I love when Ms.A does these write ups

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  6. Great job Ms.A! I learned something today

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  7. Ms.A what you know about them they are almost forgotten I think

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  8. Great write up Ms.A add this to your collection of great ones

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  9. Great write up Ms.A I love them

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  10. I love how Ms.A puts alot of artist in focus who usually do not get alot of credit

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  11. Feels good is one of my fav songs

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  12. Ms.A add this to your list of great write ups really good Ms.A I enjoyed it

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  13. MS.A I USE TO LOVE THEM YO ARE BRINGING ME BACK TODAY

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  14. It never rains in souther Californina makes me want to cry

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  15. Ms.A you slay these write ups go Ms.A!

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  16. You amaze me everytime Ms.A

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  17. Ms.A is amazing this a great write up that tought me alot about a group I was not that familiar with.So now I want to go and look up there songs and Cd's because what Ms.A posted is very good

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  18. Great write up Ms.A I learned alot today by reading that

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  19. This is one of the best music write ups I have ever come across Ms.A

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  20. Thank you for giving me some inspiration and teaching for today Ms.A

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  21. Wonderful write up Ms.A this was some very good reading

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  22. Diane Warren came on today she is greatness

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  23. Ms.A you are the shit amazing writ up I forgot about this era

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  24. Thank you so much Mrs. Warren :)

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  25. Ms.A brings out the greatest

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  26. Great write up Ms.A I use to love them Im so happy you brought them into focus again atleast for today.They deserve it

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  27. Great write up Ms.A it really made my day and brought joy in my heart so thank you.Thank you for what you do for music and thank you for making the new jack swing the center of the music universe for the day

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  28. WOW Mr.Riley you are a legend

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  29. I love SAU! Its gonna be a great week!

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  30. Teddy Riley I use to have the biggest crush on your fine ass I just had to say that I love you!

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  31. Oh no thank you for basically inventing that genre of music Mr. Riley! and thank you and Mrs. Warren for coming today..look at ya'll trying to make us feel special...

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