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Sugarhill Gang

An early American hip hop trio. It was initially comprised of Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank, and Master Gee. However, Kory-O later joined the group and as Master Gee's replacement. A few years later after multiple line-up changes, Big Bank Hank performed under the name the Original Sugarhill Gang with newer members Joey Robinson Jr., David Gunthorpe, Warren Moore and Derek Smalls portraying as Wonder Mike & Master Gee while as for the other two original members Michael Wright and Guy O'Brien performed under Rapper's Delight with new member Hendogg. After years of legal disputes Wonder Mike, Hendogg and Master Gee are currently performing under name Sugarhill Gang.

Snap! evolved from Power Jam.
After the tremendous success of "The Power", Snap! released their first album, "World Power", which revealed many other hits: "Ooops Up", "Cult Of Snap" and "Mary Had A Little Boy". The latter, a frenetic hip house/piano anthem, revealed to be a huge club hit and the direction taken by Snap! afterwards to follow that path was logical. The original lineup featured Luca Anzilotti, Michael Münzing, Penny Ford, and Turbo B., who appeared on the debut album "World Power".

Ford decided to back out from the group in 1992. A friend of Ford's, Thea Austin, was presented to Anzilotti and Münzing to replace her. Durron Butler (Turbo B.) tried to convince the producers to make a hip-hop record. "Colour Of Love" announced the release of "The Madman's Return" (1992), but eventually flopped on the charts. A second single, "Rhythm Is A Dancer" came out. Based on the melody of "Auto Man" by Newcleus (1984), the song soon became one of the greatest dance hits of the 1990's.
The melody from "Auto Man" was also used for the album song "Money".

Unsatisfied, Turbo B. left Snap! as did Thea Austin, who broke her contract to go solo. Madonna's vocalist Niki Haris was hired to re-record the last two singles from "The Madman's Return". Both were succesful releases.
In 1994, Snap! decided to go Trance on "Welcome To Tomorrow", with the participation of featured artists such as Summer (Paula Brown) and Rukmani. The formula proved to be as succesful. Around 1996, Eurodance started to collapse. A compilation of greatest hits was released alongside remixes and a new version of "The Power" performed with rapper Einstein (2) (Colin Case).
After four years of silence, Snap! tried a comeback in 2000 with "Gimme A Thrill". The single, which was supposed to reconcile them with Turbo B., flopped, and a whole album called "One Day On Earth" never saw the light of day. A few disagreements between the producers and the featured vocalist, Maxayn Lewis, didn't help.
From 2002 to 2006, Snap! was extensively remixed by a variety of electronic artists and released a couple of club singles which failed to relaunch their success story.

Chubb Rock

Chubb Rock, born in Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, is regarded as one of the East Coast's most dexterous rappers. A former National Merit Scholar, Chubb began his career in earnest after dropping out of high-post Brown University, where he was a pre-med student. So nicknamed because of his ample height and girth ("6 foot 4 and maybe a quarter of an inch bigger/than last year but still a unique figure" - from "Treat 'Em Right"), Chubb released his first album for Select records in 1988. Chubb Rock Featuring Howie Tee featured the underground hits, "Caught Up" and "DJ Innovator." 1989's And the Winner Is... earned Chubb Rock a lot more notice, and in the early '90s Chubb had a number of hit singles including "Ya Bad Chubbs," "Treat 'Em Right" and "Just the Two of Us."
Chubb's career was proving most prolific, and was largely responsible for starting the careers of the Trackmasterz -- Poke and Red Hot Lover Tone. His dancers even put out an album under the name of the A-Teem titled A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich. After the release of I Gotta Get Mine Yo in 1992, Chubb fell off the musical map until mounting a comeback with The Mind in 1998.

Noel

Noel Pagan, a Cuban-American born New Yorker, hit the ground running with the release of his knockdown dragout smash dance single, "Silent Morning," released in the first half of 1987. We had to wait until September of 1988 for his first album to be released in its entirety. Another hit to come off was "Like A Child," while songs like "Change," and "City Streets," among others, further demonstrated Noel's writing skills and vocal talent.

In 1990, Noel cameo'd on "How Could You Have The Heart," by fellow Freestyle artists Girls Club, as well as releasing the maxi-single "The Question," a collaboration with Tony Moran, which proved to be another powerful megahit for him. One of those songs that as soon as you hear it, you've got no choice but to hit the dance floor. If one puts it together, this 1990 tune could almost be a continuation of the story told in "Silent Morning."

When 1993 rolled around, "The Question" was re-released on a project which included several artists, the end result being the album "Concept Of One." However, Noel found his musical heart in a different place at this point, and decided to experiment with "pop-rock. ' The album entitled "Hearts On Fire," continued to showcase his maturing writing ability, and proved further vocal range for the deep-voiced artist. One of the songs was even featured in an episode of "Baywatch." Despite the quality of this album, it wasn't accepted very well by the general public, as many of them couldn't get the "freestyle artist," label out of their head when it came to Noel.

September, 2001 brought us Noel's new one, a collaboration with producer FORD. "Will I Find True Love." Going for "trance / tribal," now, Noel is currently working on an album with the likes of Eddie Arroyo and Eddie Baez.

Cynthia

Johnny O

Born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1988, Johnny O recorded which is today one of the most famous and played freestyle records around the world "Fantasy Girl," this platinum single which was just the beginning of his career started Johnny on a journey that today embodies several successful recorded hits around the world. His success has created an enormous phenomenon for freestyle sensation Johnny O, globally. To date Johnny has played in concerts with top acts; such as, Boys to Men and many others, he has also been seen on TV shows and many musical production videos, plus famous movie sets using his enormous talents in the acting field. To date Johnny has signed with a German label called ZYX Records and has recorded his latest and greatest album of his career.

Rockell

Rachel Alexandra Mercaldo; born on March 4, 1977, in Staten Island, New York; better known by her stage name, Rockell.

She was discovered in a bar while singing along with a recording of "Killing Me Softly With His Song," she was brought to the attention of producer Ewart A. Wilson, Jr., who helmed her 1996 debut single "I Fell In Love."

After scoring a hit a year later with "In A Dream," Rockell issued her debut LP, "What Are You Lookin' At?", on Robbins Entertainment in 1998. The album included both prior singles as well as "Can't We Try," a duet with freestyle act Collage (4), which was also a hit.

Two years later she returned with "Instant Pleasure", which featured producers like Hex Hector and Tony Moran. Club hit "What U Did 2 Me" was her best-selling single, but it narrowly missed hitting the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The album included a cover of Garth Brooks' "The Dance," which was also released as a single.

Rockell returned in 2005 with a single called "L.O.V.E." on her own label. "Playin' My Love " and a cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" followed in 2007 as Rockell embarked on an American tour with Joe Zangie and other freestyle artists. She released a duet with Joe Zangie, "When I Want You Back," in 2009, as well as a cover of Donna Summer's "On The Radio".

After another extended break, Rockell returned in 2012 with a new single, "Turn Up The Heat."

Lisette Melendez

Lisette Melendez grew up in East Harlem where she still resides, and where she began to take an interest in singing at the age of 12. Both her mother and her aunt sang in church and in community theaters, inspiring Lisette to take a chance. Growing up with four other siblings in the "barrio", Lisette set herself apart from the dangers of inner city life. As a child, Lisette spent most of her time at home listening to cassettes and working on her singing skills.

Eager to become a singer, Lisette marveled at the rise of another young Puerto Rican diva named "Lisa Lisa" of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. Inspired by their success, Lisette formed a boy/girl group while she was still in high school. This group later led her to producer Carlos Berrios, whose credits includes such freestyle divas as Corina and Jasmin. Soon thereafter, she was doing background vocals for Berrios and eventually provided the lead voice for the 1988 club hit "Noise."

Lisette went on to work with Fever Records' executives Sal Abbatiello after the release of Lisette's smash hit, "Together Forever". Later that same year, Lisette was signed with Fever Records and her debut album "A Day In My Life" was released. In 1993, Lisette released her second album with Fever Records/Columbia entitled "True To Life". In 1994, "True To Life" reached double platinum status in Japan, where she also won a Grammy for "Best New Artist" for that same year.

Lisette has gone on to release yet another album, which features back up vocals from fellow freestyle divas, Joei Mae & Sa-Fire entitled "IMAGINATION." She has also branched out to do Spanish/Salsa music and has released "Un Poco De Mi" under Sir George Records.

Joe Zangie

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