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Stetsasonic is an American hip hop band. Formed in 1981 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, Stetsasonic was one of the first hip hop acts to perform with a full band and use live instrumentation in their recordings, paving the way for future hip hop bands such as The Roots. The band combined beat-boxing, sampling technology, and live band performance, incorporating R&B, jazz, dancehall reggae, and rock into its sound. Stetsasonic is also considered one of the acts that pioneered jazz rap.

Stetsasonic
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1981–1992, 2008–present
LabelsTommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
MembersPrince Paul (Paul Edward Huston)
MC Delite (Marvin Shahid Wright)
Wise (Leonardo Roman)
Daddy-O (Glenn K. Bolton)
Bobby Simmons
Past membersFrukwan (Arnold Hamilton)
DBC (Martin Nemley)

Though rumored to have disbanded in 1991, soon after the release of its third album, Blood, Sweat & No Tears, Stetsasonic continues to record and perform together, as evidenced by their subsequent release, "People In The Neighborhood", and their performance at the Urban Matterz Hip Hop Festival in 2019. Individual members branched out to explore solo careers, while still maintaining Stetsasonic. Frukwan and Prince Paul were founding members of the Gravediggaz, while the latter also became a record producer, as did Daddy-O.

Contents

Originally, the band was known as The Stetsasonic 3 MC's. The original group consisted of Daddy-O, Delite, and Crown Supreme. Daddy-O and Delite changed the group's name and style to Stetsasonic the Hip-Hop Band, added Wise The Human Mix Machine, Prince Paul, DBC, Bobby Simmons, and filling Crown Supreme's spot was Frukwan. They clinched a deal with Tommy Boy Records when DBC came up with and played the funky bassline for its debut single "If You Can't Say It All Just Say STET", live for Tom Silverman, owner of Tommy Boy Records. After a few months of the single being in regular rotation on radio stations, the band released its first album On Fire (1986). The album received mixed reviews, though the follow-ups, In Full Gear and Blood, Sweat & No Tears were critically acclaimed.

A 1988 The New York Times article said that the band mirrored the rise of artistic, profound rap music: "While pop's political commentary often seems secondary to catchy melodies and commercial acceptability, rap's tough sound sharpens its commentary". As a "hip hop band", dependent on instruments as well as turntables, the band was also known for live shows, though sometimes the "rap-show format prevented Stetsasonic from employing the band instrumentation and studio layering that make their records so distinctive."

Fruitkwan and Prince Paul were founding members of the Gravediggaz, while the latter also became a record producer.

Daddy-O went on to a solo career, while also working as a record producer, working with Freestyle Fellowship, Mary J. Blige, Positive K and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.

Prince Paul went on to produce the trio De La Soul.

Drummer Bobby Simmons pursued work in public access, forming the show Flava Videos in the mid-1990s on Channel 26 (New York). In 2017, Simmons was a contestant on the FOX game show Beat Shazam where he was partnered with singer Shannon.

MC Delite is currently the President and CEO of Flight Entertainment and a public speaker.

DBC went on to produce tracks for Third World and the Cookie Crew, among others. In 1995, he became the owner and operator of Raw Beat Productions, a music & video recording studio, located in Philadelphia. In 2016, he invented the MN-1 Advanced Portable Power System, which is a sustainable energy source with a swappable battery compartment and solar-based charging system.

Wise also participated in a few commercials in which he lends his beatbox sounds. One was for Campbell's Soup in which a cartoon of a B-boy bear kicks a ferocious beat. This commercial was aired amid Saturday morning cartoons. He was also featured in a documentary on the art of the human beatbox called Breath Control: the History of the Human Beat Box, which was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and also featured fellow human percussionists such as Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Ready Rock C, and Emanon.

2020 brought about the return of Stetsasonic with the recent release of "(Now Ya'll Givin' Up) Love" and a return to the studio for the original hip hop band for their proposed upcoming album.

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
R&B
/HH

On Fire 32
In Full Gear
  • Released: June 21, 1988
  • Label: Tommy Boy/Warner
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, digital download
20
Blood, Sweat & No Tears
  • Released: February 5, 1991
  • Label: Tommy Boy/Warner
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, digital download
75

EPs

List of extended plays
Title Details Track listings
People in the Neighborhood 1991-1994 EP
  • Released: April 1, 2016
  • Label: Chopped Herring Records
  • Formats: LP (Limited Edition)
Track listing
  1. "Big Up"
  2. "Funk Around"
  3. "Strawberry Letter" (featuring The Brothers Johnson)
  4. "Check da Styles"
  5. "People in the Neighborhood"
  6. "Give It to Me"
(Now Y'all Giving Up) Love
  • Released: August 13, 2021
  • Label: Chopped Herring Records
  • Formats: LP (Limited Edition)
Track listing
  1. "Big Up"
  2. "Funk Around"
  3. "Strawberry Letter" (featuring The Brothers Johnson)
  4. "Check da Styles"
  5. "People in the Neighborhood"
  6. "Give It to Me"

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Dance
US R&B
US Rap
NLD
UK
"Just Say Stet" 1985 On Fire
"Go Stetsa I" 1986
"Faye/Forever My Beat"
"A.F.R.I.C.A."
(featuring The Rev. Jesse Jackson & Olatunji and the Drums Of Passion)
1987 Non-album single
"Sally/DBC Let the Music Play" 1988 25 100 In Full Gear
"Talkin' All That Jazz" 22 34 73
"Float On"
(featuring Force MDs)
56 24 91 91
"A.F.R.I.C.A." (re-issue) 1990 81 Non-album single
"Speaking of a Girl Named Suzy" Blood, Sweat & No Tears
"No B.S. Allowed" 1991
"So Let the Fun Begin"
"Talkin' All That Jazz (Dimitri from Paris Remixes)" 1998 54 Non-album single
"The Hip Hop Band (Dimitri from Paris Remixes)" Non-album single
"Sally" (re-issue) 2004 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Dance
US R&B
US Rap
NZ
UK
"Self Destruction"
(as part of Stop the Violence Movement)
1989 30 1 33 75 Non-album single

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"I Ain't Making It" 1989 N/A Lean on Me Soundtrack

Notes

  1. Published as "The Next Stets".
  2. "Self Destruction" did not enter the Dance Club Songs, but peaked at number 7 on the Dance/Electronic Singles Sales.

Citations

  1. Price, Emmett George (2006). Hip Hop Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 295. ISBN 1851098674. RetrievedAugust 21, 2013.
  2. Colin Larkin, ed. (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 325. ISBN 0-7535-0252-6.
  3. Stetsasonic at AllMusic
  4. Watrous, Peter. Recordings; Rappers Keep Their Music's Content Fresh, The New York Times, 10 January 1988.
  5. Palmer, Robert. Rock: 'Def Jam 87,' Rap at the Garden, The New York Times, 5 September 1987.
  6. "Takeoff". 7 April 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. RetrievedJune 28, 2021.
  7. "3. DOKIO 80 WATT SOLAR PANEL AND THE MN -1 AND BASE CHARGER BY D.B.C. STETSASONIC". YouTube. 2018-08-09. Retrieved2019-04-21.
  8. "Stetsasonic Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved2020-12-02.
  9. People In The Neighborhood 1991-1994 EP (track listing). Stetsasonic. Chopped Herring Records. 2016. CH5TET5A01.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  10. People In The Neighborhood 1991-1994 EP (track listing). Stetsasonic. Chopped Herring Records. 2016. CH5TET5A01.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  11. "Stetsasonic Chart History". Dance Club Songs. Retrieved2020-12-03.
  12. "Stetsasonic Chart History". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Retrieved2020-12-03.
  13. "Stetsasonic Chart History". Hot Rap Songs. Retrieved2020-12-03.
  14. "Stetsasonic Chart History (Dutch Charts)". RetrievedDecember 3, 2020.Cite magazine requires |magazine= ()
  15. "Stetsasonic - UK Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved3 December 2020.
  16. Druglord Superstar (track listing). MC Lyte. EastWest America. 1997. 7559-63918-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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  21. "Stetsasonic Chart History". Dance Club Songs. Retrieved2020-12-03.
  22. "MC Lyte Chart History (Recorded Music NZ)". RetrievedSeptember 9, 2020.
  23. "Stetsasonic - UK Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved3 December 2020.
  24. "Dance Singles Sales". Retrieved16 September 2021.
  25. "American album certifications – Stop the Violence Movement". Recording Industry Association of America. RetrievedSeptember 10, 2020.
  26. "Lean on Me – Original Soundtrack > Overview". AllMusic. RetrievedDecember 7, 2020.

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Stetsasonic Language Watch Edit This article has multiple issues Please help to improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page Learn how and when to remove these template messages This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification Please help by adding reliable sources Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately especially if potentially libelous or harmful Find sources Stetsasonic news newspapers books scholar JSTOR May 2018 Learn how and when to remove this template message This article possibly contains original research Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations Statements consisting only of original research should be removed May 2018 Learn how and when to remove this template message Learn how and when to remove this template message Stetsasonic is an American hip hop band Formed in 1981 in Brooklyn New York City New York Stetsasonic was one of the first hip hop acts to perform with a full band and use live instrumentation in their recordings paving the way for future hip hop bands such as The Roots The band combined beat boxing sampling technology and live band performance incorporating R amp B jazz dancehall reggae and rock into its sound 1 Stetsasonic is also considered one of the acts that pioneered jazz rap 2 StetsasonicBackground informationOriginNew York City New York U S GenresHip hopYears active1981 1992 2008 presentLabelsTommy Boy Warner Bros RecordsMembersPrince Paul Paul Edward Huston MC Delite Marvin Shahid Wright Wise Leonardo Roman Daddy O Glenn K Bolton Bobby SimmonsPast membersFrukwan Arnold Hamilton DBC Martin Nemley Though rumored to have disbanded in 1991 soon after the release of its third album Blood Sweat amp No Tears Stetsasonic continues to record and perform together as evidenced by their subsequent release People In The Neighborhood and their performance at the Urban Matterz Hip Hop Festival in 2019 Individual members branched out to explore solo careers while still maintaining Stetsasonic 2 Frukwan and Prince Paul were founding members of the Gravediggaz while the latter also became a record producer as did Daddy O 3 Contents 1 History 2 Discography 2 1 Studio albums 2 2 EPs 2 3 Singles 2 3 1 As lead artist 2 4 As featured artist 2 4 1 Guest appearances 3 References 3 1 Notes 3 2 Citations 4 External linksHistory EditOriginally the band was known as The Stetsasonic 3 MC s The original group consisted of Daddy O Delite and Crown Supreme 2 Daddy O and Delite changed the group s name and style to Stetsasonic the Hip Hop Band added Wise The Human Mix Machine Prince Paul DBC Bobby Simmons and filling Crown Supreme s spot was Frukwan They clinched a deal with Tommy Boy Records when DBC came up with and played the funky bassline for its debut single If You Can t Say It All Just Say STET live for Tom Silverman owner of Tommy Boy Records After a few months of the single being in regular rotation on radio stations the band released its first album On Fire 1986 3 The album received mixed reviews though the follow ups In Full Gear and Blood Sweat amp No Tears were critically acclaimed 2 A 1988 The New York Times article said that the band mirrored the rise of artistic profound rap music While pop s political commentary often seems secondary to catchy melodies and commercial acceptability rap s tough sound sharpens its commentary 4 As a hip hop band dependent on instruments as well as turntables the band was also known for live shows though sometimes the rap show format prevented Stetsasonic from employing the band instrumentation and studio layering that make their records so distinctive 5 Fruitkwan and Prince Paul were founding members of the Gravediggaz while the latter also became a record producer 2 Daddy O went on to a solo career while also working as a record producer working with Freestyle Fellowship Mary J Blige Positive K and the Red Hot Chili Peppers among others 3 Prince Paul went on to produce the trio De La Soul 2 Drummer Bobby Simmons pursued work in public access forming the show Flava Videos in the mid 1990s on Channel 26 New York In 2017 Simmons was a contestant on the FOX game show Beat Shazam where he was partnered with singer Shannon MC Delite is currently the President and CEO of Flight Entertainment and a public speaker 6 DBC went on to produce tracks for Third World and the Cookie Crew among others In 1995 he became the owner and operator of Raw Beat Productions a music amp video recording studio located in Philadelphia In 2016 he invented the MN 1 Advanced Portable Power System which is a sustainable energy source with a swappable battery compartment and solar based charging system 7 Wise also participated in a few commercials in which he lends his beatbox sounds One was for Campbell s Soup in which a cartoon of a B boy bear kicks a ferocious beat This commercial was aired amid Saturday morning cartoons He was also featured in a documentary on the art of the human beatbox called Breath Control the History of the Human Beat Box which was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and also featured fellow human percussionists such as Doug E Fresh Biz Markie Ready Rock C and Emanon 2020 brought about the return of Stetsasonic with the recent release of Now Ya ll Givin Up Love and a return to the studio for the original hip hop band for their proposed upcoming album Discography EditStudio albums Edit List of studio albums with selected chart positions Title Album details Peak chart positionsUS R amp B HH 8 On Fire Released December 1986 Label Tommy Boy Warner Formats CD LP Cassette digital download 32In Full Gear Released June 21 1988 Label Tommy Boy Warner Format CD LP Cassette digital download 20Blood Sweat amp No Tears Released February 5 1991 Label Tommy Boy Warner Format CD LP Cassette digital download 75EPs Edit List of extended plays Title Details Track listingsPeople in the Neighborhood 1991 1994 EP Released April 1 2016 9 Label Chopped Herring Records Formats LP Limited Edition Track listing Big Up Funk Around Strawberry Letter featuring The Brothers Johnson Check da Styles People in the Neighborhood Give It to Me Now Y all Giving Up Love Released August 13 2021 10 Label Chopped Herring Records Formats LP Limited Edition Track listing Big Up Funk Around Strawberry Letter featuring The Brothers Johnson Check da Styles People in the Neighborhood Give It to Me Singles Edit As lead artist Edit List of singles with selected chart positions showing year released and album name Title Year Peak chart positions AlbumUS Dance 11 US R amp B 12 US Rap 13 NLD 14 UK 15 Just Say Stet 1985 On Fire Go Stetsa I 1986 Faye Forever My Beat A F R I C A featuring The Rev Jesse Jackson amp Olatunji and the Drums Of Passion 1987 Non album single Sally DBC Let the Music Play 1988 25 100 In Full Gear Talkin All That Jazz 22 34 73 Float On featuring Force MDs 56 24 91 91 A F R I C A re issue 1990 81 Non album single Speaking of a Girl Named Suzy 16 Blood Sweat amp No Tears No B S Allowed 17 1991 So Let the Fun Begin 18 Talkin All That Jazz Dimitri from Paris Remixes 1998 54 Non album single The Hip Hop Band Dimitri from Paris Remixes 19 Non album single Sally re issue a 20 2004 Non album single denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory As featured artist Edit List of singles as featured artist with selected chart positions and certifications showing year released and album name Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications AlbumUS Dance 21 US R amp B 12 US Rap 13 NZ 22 UK 23 Self Destruction as part of Stop the Violence Movement 1989 b 30 1 33 75 RIAA Gold 25 Non album singleGuest appearances Edit List of non single guest appearances with other performing artists showing year released and album name Title Year Other performer s Album I Ain t Making It 26 1989 N A Lean on Me SoundtrackReferences EditNotes Edit Published as The Next Stets Self Destruction did not enter the Dance Club Songs but peaked at number 7 on the Dance Electronic Singles Sales 24 Citations Edit Price Emmett George 2006 Hip Hop Culture ABC CLIO p 295 ISBN 1851098674 Retrieved August 21 2013 a b c d e f Colin Larkin ed 1998 The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music First ed Virgin Books p 325 ISBN 0 7535 0252 6 a b c Stetsasonic at AllMusic Watrous Peter Recordings Rappers Keep Their Music s Content Fresh The New York Times 10 January 1988 Palmer Robert Rock Def Jam 87 Rap at the Garden The New York Times 5 September 1987 Takeoff 7 April 2014 Archived from the original on 2014 04 07 Retrieved June 28 2021 3 DOKIO 80 WATT SOLAR PANEL AND THE MN 1 AND BASE CHARGER BY D B C STETSASONIC YouTube 2018 08 09 Retrieved 2019 04 21 Stetsasonic Chart History Top R amp B Hip Hop Albums Retrieved 2020 12 02 People In The Neighborhood 1991 1994 EP track listing Stetsasonic Chopped Herring Records 2016 CH5TET5A01 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link People In The Neighborhood 1991 1994 EP track listing Stetsasonic Chopped Herring Records 2016 CH5TET5A01 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Stetsasonic Chart History Dance Club Songs Retrieved 2020 12 03 a b Stetsasonic Chart History Hot R amp B Hip Hop Songs Retrieved 2020 12 03 a b Stetsasonic Chart History Hot Rap Songs Retrieved 2020 12 03 Stetsasonic Chart History Dutch Charts Retrieved December 3 2020 Cite magazine requires magazine help Stetsasonic UK Chart The Official Charts Company Retrieved 3 December 2020 Druglord Superstar track listing MC Lyte EastWest America 1997 7559 63918 2 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Druglord Superstar track listing MC Lyte EastWest America 1997 7559 63918 2 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Druglord Superstar track listing MC Lyte EastWest America 1997 7559 63918 2 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Druglord Superstar track listing MC Lyte EastWest America 1997 7559 63918 2 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Druglord Superstar track listing MC Lyte EastWest America 1997 7559 63918 2 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Stetsasonic Chart History Dance Club Songs Retrieved 2020 12 03 MC Lyte Chart History Recorded Music NZ Retrieved September 9 2020 Stetsasonic UK Chart The Official Charts Company Retrieved 3 December 2020 Dance Singles Sales Retrieved 16 September 2021 American album certifications Stop the Violence Movement Recording Industry Association of America Retrieved September 10 2020 Lean on Me Original Soundtrack gt Overview AllMusic Retrieved December 7 2020 External links EditInterview with Daddy O Unofficial lyrics page for On Fire Official Facebook Page Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stetsasonic amp oldid 1051099093, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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