90’s Artists That Still Deserve Airtime

From high top fades, to “Poetic Justice” braids, to overalls, to floral print baby doll dresses, to  Coca Cola’s Surge , R & B Divas AND Hollywood Divas, it’s CLEAR the 90s are making a comeback. Everywhere you look, 90’s stars are revamping their careers one reality show or bio series at a time. Members of TLC, Xscape, 702, Brownstone, and En Vouge have all had a chance to tell their side of the story to some degree. However there are still some stars that we are waiting to see on the small screen.

Total

Total Group

Back in the day Kima, Keisha, AND Pam?! Ohhhh Sssh Gawd DAMN! The saucy threesome and self-proclaimed “Bad Girls” were signed to Puff Daddy/Puff/Diddy’s Bad Boy records in the 90s. In a time when girl groups ran the world, Total stood out for their unique sound, feisty lyrics and memorable collaborations with some of the hottest 90s artists including Notorious B.I.G., Foxy Brown and LL Cool J.

Chances of seeing them on the small screen?

Since this group has left the spotlight we know a few of basics; like Kima (sister of Murder Inc.’s Vita) going on to marry and have 6 kids, Pam marrying an “unofficial member” of Pretty Rickey whatever THAT means, and of course Keisha “Mrs. Omar Epps” is winning. Kima and Pam have attempted to move forward in the entertainment business having done performances as Total sans Keisha. While it is unknown if Keisha ever plans to move forward with the group, chances are, true fans will have a hard time identifying with the group without her. An Unsung episode will probably be best for this trio.

*UPDATES*

Total had a mini reunion with Keisha, sort of, for the Legends of Bad Boys concert  at Saban Theatre in Los Angeles in Novemeber…peep the clip below. 

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Changing Faces

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Cassandra Lucas and Charisse Rose are most memorable for covering several R. Kelly-produced hit singles in the 90s, including “Stroke You Up” and “G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.” After a successful debut and sophomore album, the duo went on to contribute songs to several soundtracks including Space Jam and Dr. Dolittle. However, the group failed to reach the same success with their third album 2000, even though it featured the single “Come Over” which the late singer Aaliyah was able to turn into a major hit.

Chances of seeing them on the small screen?

By April 2013, no one was checking for their single “Hate Love” and in the Summer of 2013, Lucas left the group, leaving Rose to tour with a new member as Changing Faces where I’m not sure. A reality show might be the best thing for this duo to get back in the spotlight as I am not sure if there is enough depth in their story for an hour long bio series.

Blaque

Blaque

Natina Reed, Shamari Fears – DeVoe, and Brandi Williams were the first group signed to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ production company, Left Eye Productions. The group has experienced an intense amount of success and tragedy during their short time in the spotlight.Their seductive first single “808” written and produced by R. Kelly in 1999, was a big hit on the R&B charts. However it was their collaboration with N’Sync’s JC Chasez on “Bring It All To Me” that solidified them as pop stars. In addition to their recording work, Reed, Fears, and Williams appeared in the 2000 film Bring It On as members of the East Compton Clovers cheerleading squad fronted by Gabrielle Union.

Even though their self-titled debut album went platinum, the group was dropped from Columbia Records and their second album Blaque Out was shelved. Soon after, the groups’ mentor Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car crash in Hondaras.

Chances of seeing them on the small screen?

Williams got  married in 2009 and is the only member who went on to release a solo single, entitled “Love It” in late 2011. Fears married New Edition’s Ronnie DeVoe in 2006, graduated college and settled down in Atlanta, where she owns a Zen Massage Center. The group experienced yet another tragedy in October of 2012 when Reed was hit by a car and killed as she returned home on foot from a convenience store. She was survived by her ten year old son with rapper Kurrupt. The group was actually scheduled to begin recording a new album and reality show the week of Reed’s death. While there’s no word on if either of the remaining group members plan to get back in the business, last I saw, their voices were still amazing at the emotional tribute to their friend Niesha Reed-Stevens, sister of Natina Reed, who passed away from unknown causes. Their story filled with triumph and tragedy is definitely bio series worthy.

*Update*

Seems as though Shamari and Brandi aren’t ready to give up the spotlight just yet! Word is they have a new single called “Today” dedicated to their late group member Natina, and have also been seen taking promo photos. Shamari was recently initiated to the illustrious sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Zhané

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Renée Neufville and Jean Norris created the duo that broke out big in 1994 with their debut album, Pronounced Jah-Nay, which featured the catchy hits, “Hey Mr. D.J.” and “Groove Thang.” After releasing one follow-up album, 1997’s Saturday Night, the group officially called it quits in 1999 shortly after collaborating with label mates Naughty By Nature for Jamboree.

Chances of seeing them on the small screen?

Neufville and Norris were both interetesd in becoming solo artists prior to becoming a duo. Since the breakup both members focusing on their careers as solo artists. With Norris producing her solo album on the label she’s created with her new husband and  Neufville focusing on her jazz career, it seems like a reunion is so far in the future that neither member can actually see it in the cards. However, a reality career would be helpful in getting them both in the spotlight as the continue on the journey to rebranding their image.

This post has really got my nostalgia juices flowing. Were there any 90s girl groups that I missed? Stay tuned for the “90s Artist That Still Need Airtime – Battle of the Boy Bands”

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