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LaTasha “MC Trouble” Rogers
Tribute Written By: Nelda Hayes
When I was a little girl I had a baby doll name LaTasha Rogers who later became “MC Trouble”. Born July 30, 1970 in south central Los Angeles to Producer/Muscian Johnny Rogers and Gospel Singer Carmen Beck. They lived in a small little duplex in south central L.A. which was full of musicians all the time, my job was to watch Tasha while her mom and dad would do what they do make music. Not knowing then that the biggest hit they would make was LaTasha professionally known as “MC Trouble”.
Although her parents divorced when she was very young she continued to have musical influence by her stepmom Lady Irene from Singapore and even more musically influenced family members. Being a distant relative to the late great Redd Foxx, it was inevitable that she would join the entertainment world. As a little girl writing, dancing, singing and entertaining was what she did and she also would get in trouble and that’s where she got the name Mc Trouble. But all the trouble payed off when she started rhyming what was on her mind.
In 1990, her 1st single was released “I Wanna Make You Mine” with the music video featuring Motown's own the Good Girls, followed up with “Gotta Get A Grip” started topping the charts. During the 90’s is when female rappers were just starting to be recognized and MC Trouble being the baby-girl of the female rap artists, she was holding her on right along with the rest such as McLyte, Queen Latifah, YoYo, just to name a few. MC Trouble was the first female rapper to be signed to Motown Records. In 1992 “Big Ole Jazz” was released and appeared on the movie House Party 2 soundtrack.
Stardom was definitely on the horizon for young Mc Trouble, she began doing TV shows, interviews, concert dates were all lined up for this young female Mc. You can say that she was becoming very famous very fast.
Then on the night of June 4, 1991 this beautiful talented young lady went to sleep and never woke up. The news came the next day that MC Trouble passed away in her sleep due to a seizure which caused her heart to fail. When I got the news my heart broke into a million pieces. I had not talked to MC Trouble in years.
The last time I spoke with her, she was about sixteen years old and she wanted me to take her to a Lakers game, she was a very big fan of Magic Johnson at that time. The hip-hop world was devastated. My little baby doll that I used to carry on my hip was gone way too soon, actually a month before her 21st birthday.
The irony of this tragedy was that MC Trouble was just starting her music career in the year of 1991 and her distant relative, Redd Foxx was making a comeback in his very successful career…I miss them both dearly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVBZ8C3PObw (Aaliyah on Star Search)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYfI6JvW6Yk ("Back and Forth")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPkOMupV7Ds ("One in a Million")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qioyc6KvuY ("Miss You")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVBZ8C3PObw (Aaliyah on Star Search)
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January 16th marks Aaliyah 35th birthday, the singer died at the age of 22 years old on August 25, 2001. Aaliyah was born Dana Haughton on January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside her aunt Gladys Knight. At 12 years old, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. The album sold three million copies in the USA and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album titled 'One In A Million'; it sold 3.7 million copies in the US and over eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first major film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single "Try Again". The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat. "Try Again" earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her part in Queen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001.
On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in The Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat". The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Aaliyah's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. Aaliyah's music has continued to achieve commercial success with several posthumous releases. Aaliyah sold 52 million records worldwide. She has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B and hip hop, earning her the nicknames "Princess of R&B" and "Queen of Urban Pop". She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years and 27th most successful R&B artist in history.
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Rapper and radio personality Eric Wright (Eazy-E) was born on September 7, 1963 in Compton, California. Wright dropped out of high school as a teen in the 10th grade and he turned to dealing drugs as a means of income. Using the money he earned, he co-founded Ruthless Records along with partner Jerry Heller.
Eazy-E then teamed up with Andre Young (Dr. Dre) and O’Shea Jackson (Ice Cube) to create songs/music under Ruthless Records. Later the three came together to Record the track “Boyz-n-the-Hood” as a new group entitled N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude). Soon after the founding of this group, other rap members joined in such as DJ Yella and MC Ren. The group released their album N.W.A. and the Posse in 1987. They then released their second album entitled Straight Outta Compton in 1988. N.W.A received a great amount of success, especially with the release of their second album which went double platinum.
Even after the dismantlement of the group, Ruthless records continued to find and develop talent like the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for example. Bone Thugs have gone on to become one of the greatest rap groups of all time and are still performing as a group today in age.
Eazy E. unfortunately passed away of complications from contracting AIDS in 1995. He along with his N.W.A. group members’ lives can be seen dramatized on the big screen this coming month. Everyone not only can, but should check out the heavily anticipated film Straight Outta Compton which hits theaters August 14, 2015.
By: Tanya Du’Shay
Tupac - In Life- Rapper turned actor and hood rights activist. His career was fast and furious and in a short period of time he made hip hop controversy and hip hop history at the same time. While alive he only made 4 albums, 3 movies, did prison time at Rikers Island and was involved in a shoot-em up feud with east coast rivals.
When I first met Pac (as we called him), he was at my sister’s apartment stretched out and asleep on her floor. I did not know him at the time, so I politely stepped over him to go to my sister’s room to visit with her. Pac living in Oakland at the time would come to Los Angeles and needing a place to crash after late night partying – he would crash at her house. My sister and Pac were very close like sister and brother. This was during the time that he was dancing with Digital Underground and trying to branch out on his own as a MC himself.
The next time I saw Pac was in Oakland backstage at a Public Enemy concert. Still not knowing that he was my sister’s friend, the first thing that I noticed about him, was that the right side of his face was pink & white and the skin on the side of his face was gone. Obviously something terrible happened to this brother – was it a car accident, I thought to myself and why is he out like this anyway. As it turned out, Pac was in an altercation with Oakland PD, where they had dropped him on the ground, beat him up and scrapped up his face.
Not long after that incident, Pac secured a recording contract with Priority Records and he lived in the studio, churning out hit after hit, and along with those hits – Pac did music video after music video, in which, I became Pac’s personal make up artist for those video’s (I can say now, that the only thing that Pac wanted was Carmex on his lips – that’s all!), he kept it true to the streets each and every time. I was just there to make sure that he looked good.
In Death, Tupac released 6 new albums with all original material, a poetry book and a continued growing fan base that is now in the millions more now than when his was alive. Making him the Elvis of hip hop. People actually question is ‘Tupac really dead’, some believe that he is hiding in some far away country and that he will return and be bigger than before. Because Pac had been shot before, even I felt that he would make it, when he was in a Las Vegas hospital, but it did not turn out that way. Pac was not invincible like we thought after all, dying a few days later in that Las Vegas hospital. The acceptance of Tupac being dead is not a real reality for some and in that regard his legacy is kept alive.
Pac was the most generous, poetic, radical, prolific street militant, and fun-loving MC that I have ever met thus far in this business and I really enjoyed watching him doing his thing on set.
His smile would light up any room and even though his physical life was cut short, his musical legacy will last forever. He will be forever missed and loved by many of us who knew him and by those who didn’t.
On behalf of Rap Pages Magazine & Rap Pages TV, we would like to pay tribute to our one and only Tupac Shakur. May his memory stay in our minds and hearts.