Where Are They Now? The Former Harlem Shaking, Diddy Boppin’ 10 Obscure Faces Of Bad Boy (We Found ‘Em!)
Well, make that most of them at least. Not too long ago we did a slideshow about Bad Boy artists under Diddy who were dope, but whose talents couldn’t fully flourish with him. Listening to some Bad Boy classics earlier, we were moved to try and figure out what the hell happened to some of these artists, more specifically, the ones who fell off the face of the earth. We know where Shyne is (NOT in the U.S., but talking crap about everybody who is), we know what Mase is doing, we know Carl Thomas is back on the road, we know Dawn Richard is making it, and Faith Evans got away from Puff just in time. But hey, where’s Black Rob? Loon? The ladies from Total? We have a clue. Take a peek and be ready to click!
It’s been a long time since we saw kids REALLY Harlem Shaking in this guy’s video for the song “Let’s Get It” in 2001, and since then, things have been pretty tough for Trevell Coleman, better known as G. Dep. After meeting Diddy (Puffy back then) in ’98, getting signed and having success with his album, Child of the Ghetto, it didn’t move B.I.G. or Mase numbers, and Coleman was dropped. He went on to make an independent album with former Bad Boy artist Loon in 2007, suffered with PCP addiction, and soon enough found himself in trouble with the law. In 2010, Coleman made the huge step of turning himself in for a murder he committed in ’93 while trying to pull off a robbery. He was recently sentenced to second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Daaaaamn.
Blowing up literally around the same time as G. Dep, Black Rob’s song “Whoa” is still a must-sing-that-chorus jam in the club. Since releasing the critically acclaimed album Life Story and then struggling to stay relevant in 2005 with The Black Rob Report, he also found himself in legal trouble. Black Rob, or Robert Ross, wound up going to jail from 2006 to 2010 after attempting to fight grand larceny charges. He was released in 2010 and wound up parting from Bad Boy, but got back to music by releasing the album Game Tested, Streets Approved in 2011. He recently announced that in 2013 he wants to do a Life Story 2.
Now Craig Mack, he’s a bit more elusive. Mack’s best years in the industry were in the mid-90s, and honestly, his biggest hit, “Flava in Ya Ear” (or better yet, the remix) was huge because of all the guest appearances. When his debut album, Project: Funk Da World didn’t sell as planned, there was no sophomore effort under Bad Boy, Puff was basically done with him. By ’97 he tried to drop Operation: Get Down with another label, which flopped, and he’s been in hiding for the most part ever since. Word on the street though is that he resides in South Carolina, and no, I can’t confirm or deny if the man is or was involved in some form of cult (which was a big rumor recently for some reason…). This is what dude looked like a few years back…
Loon, or Chauncey Hawkins…or, now Amir Muhadith, was hot in the early new Millennium thanks to hopping on one of Diddy’s biggest hits: “I Need A Girl Pt. 1.” He tried to capitalize on the notoriety he received off of that feature (and his good looks) and released Loon in 2003, which basically went nooooowhere. He “parted ways” with Bad Boy and tried to release two more albums on two different record labels that didn’t make waves. So when that didn’t make work out, Hawkins converted to Islam, changed his name, ended his career in rap and tried to change his life. But unfortunately for him, a past crime he may have committed (drug trafficking) got him arrested and he wound up in Belgian prison for a while. Last time we checked, he was awaiting extradition to the US for those charges, and only his lawyers have really been able to get in touch with him…hope you’re doing okay, man!
They weren’t an SWV or anything like that in the vocal department, but Total, that is, Kima, Keisha and Pam (or in the order above, Keisha, Pam and Kima), had jams for days. They had a good run making said jams under Puff and Bad Boy, including the albums, Total and Kima, Keisha, and Pam in ’96 and ’98, but by the late ’90s, things were slowing down for the girls and the group split in 2001. Kima and Keisha went on to marry and start families, but Pam says that the ladies are back in the studio from time to time trying to recreate magic. In the meantime though, she seems to be the only one out here doing solo work. If they can get it together and get back to making music–cool. But if not, hey, it was fun while it lasted!
Joc!? What happened??? “It’s Goin Down”? “Buy You a Drank” with T-Pain? “I Know You See It”? He had a few heavy hits, but things slowed down dramatically by his second album, Hustlenomics. Before we knew it, he faded in the background with many other rappers and even found himself in the midst of a lawsuit with Bad Boy due to some “contractual discrepancies” he didn’t feel Diddy was trying to figure out. In the end, he’s still rapping and doing events, but his star is definitely not as bright as it used to be…and his face is a little fuller am I right?
Out of all the people from the whole Making The Band shabang, I felt pretty bad for Donnie Klang. On the show, even though Diddy felt his talent was so much so that he could receive a solo contract, he could barely get Diddy’s attention after the fact, let alone some serious time in the studio. He went on to release the album Just A Rolling Stone in 2008, which did…aight, but when it didn’t do aight enough, he split with Bad Boy by 2010. He’s signed with independent labels since then, and even tried to start his own, releasing mixtapes to keep his name out there. But let’s be honest, we all know the struggle is real post-Bad Boy.
While Dawn Richard has hustled especially hard since Diddy Dirty Money collapsed and found some success with her music released via independent efforts and still managing to move units, her former sista girl from the group, Kalenna Harper, has been a little bit more MIA. The singer, who has some dope pipes, continued her writing expertise, penning a joint for Christina Aguilera on her Bionic album, and then tried to find shine on her own as a solo artist. She released a mixtape last February with the single “Go To Work” and it had some buzz, but we’re definitely waiting to see what else Harper has to offer musically.
Slim From 112
Who didn’t have a crush on at least one member of 112? And way back when, for me, I was loving me some Slim. Maybe it was the whiny voice, but whatever it was, I was a huge fan. Unfortunately, Slim decided to go the solo route, and 112 broke up in the mid 2000s, allegedly because SOMEBODY within the group was on some thievery stuff. He had some success with his solo effort, 2008’s Love’s Crazy. But he’s not stopping. He’s released a mixtape called Cruising The City Mixtape Vol.1 and he’s in the studio hoping to release a new album soon enough.
*Update: Good news folks! 112 is back together (the four original members) and they’re currently touring, selling out dates, and they even have shows with Jagged Edge. While I’m not sure if this will equate to new music or if they’re just touring for the sake of making that money, it’s nice to know things are okay with them again…for now at least.
Qwanell Mosley from Day 26
While I felt kind of sad for Donnie Klang in Making The Band 4, Mosley was probably the person in the house who annoyed me the most. He made the show somewhat entertaining because every week he was arguing or trying to fight somebody, or he was licking all up on Dawn Richard’s face as the two were an item back then (2008). But Que has had to deal with a few break ups since the show ended. He was asked to leave Day 26 (that group is no longer with Bad Boy by the way), and after cheating on Richard, the couple broke up as well. But that hasn’t stopped Que. He’s released two mixtapes, has signed with a new record label, and will release a new album in 2013. He’s like the K. Michelle of the male R&B game, and just like her, he’s getting a second shot! And he looks pretty healthy (aka, meaty) these days too!