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Kurtis Blow

After co-producing “King Holiday”, this living hip-hop legend went on to perform and act in movies like Krush Groove and founded The Hip Hop Church serving as rapper, DJ, worship leader and licensed minister. He became an ordained minister on August 16, 2009. His song “Daydreamin” was recently interpolated by Rick Ross for his song “Stay Schemin.”

Stacy Lattisaw

She scored her only #1 R&B hit with frequent duet partner Johnny Gill entitled “Where Do We Go from Here” in 1989 and was sampled by Mariah Carey in her hit “Heartbreaker.”


In 1987 the trio of Jalil, Ecstasy and Grandmaster Dee were already on their fourth album, Open Sesame. While it was certified Gold by the RIAA it didn’t pack the same punch as their previous hits like Whodini and Escape.  They released their final album Six in 1996 on Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label. Dupri was a dancer for the group when he was a young man on the Fresh Fest tour.  Whodini was recognized at the 4th VH1 Hip-Hop Honors show in 2007.

Lisa Lisa

After performing in the Dream Chorus Lisa Lisa followed up her 1985 debut with the album, Spanish Fly, a huge success in 1987. It spawned two #1 pop hits, “Head to Toe” and “Lost in Emotion”. The hip-hop duo Nina Sky sampled her song “Can You Feel The Beat” in their 2004 hit single “Move Ya Body”. 2009, Lisa Lisa released “Life N Love”, a full length album of new material on Mass Appeal Entertainment featuring the single “Can’t Wait” with guest rapper Pitbull.

Teena Marie

The Ivory Queen Of Soul was already four albums deep by the time ” this song was recorded. But in 1988 she released the critically acclaimed album Naked to the World. That album contained the hit “Ooo La La La”, which reached the top of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and was her only #1 single on that chart. After a hiatus She signed to Cash Money REcords and released two albums La Dona in 2004. Sapphire in 2006. Around 2004, Teena Marie lay sleeping in a hotel room when a large picture frame fell and struck her in the head. The blow caused a serious concussion that would result in momentary seizures for the rest of her life. She had suffered a Grand mal seizure just one month before her death. She died of natural causes on December 26, 2010.

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