From LSG To TGT: 15 Of Our Favorite Musical Supergroups
Sometimes Solo artists and even band members want to branch off into new directions and when those talented folks hook up with other established artists to form a new group, its called a supergroup. And when they’re good, the music is even better than the sum of their talented parts. Check out some of our favorite solo artists who banned together to form groups and groups who broke up and formed new ones with other singers.
Lucy Pearl was formed in 1999 when Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Toné!), Ali Shaheed Muhammed (A Tribe Called Quest) and D’Angelo first started jamming together. But then D’Angelo backed out and Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) joined the group. Then, in 2001, Dawn Robinson left and was replaced by Joi (Dungeon Family). Despite all of their turnover, they produced a few good hits like Dance Tonight and Don’t Mess With My Man.
USA for Africa
I’m taking it pretty old school, but the 80s were the era of the Charity Supergroup — stars who got together to release an album or two to raise money. One of USA for Africa’s most famous songs is We Are the World. Members of the group included Michael Jackson (and 6 other Jacksons from Jackie to Tito), Lionel Richie, Harry Sheila E, James Ingram, Diana Ross, the Pointer Sisters, Stevie Wonder and more.
Bell Biv Devoe
Lots of people thought that New Edition was through when Bobby Brown left the group. But they were just getting started. Three of New Edition’s former members — Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe — split off to form Bell Biv Devoe in 1989. The sound they created introduced the world to New Jack Swing and gave birth to hits like Poison, Do Me and I Thought It Was Me.
CRS (Child Rebel Soldiers)
This Supergroup was composed of Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell. It sounds like an ideal lineup. But the group didn’t make it very far. They never got around to releasing an album. But they did knock off a few singles. We don’t know exactly what happened to this hip hop supergroup, but we bet ego had something to do with it.
LSG was a supergroup composed of Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill. And they were great together. Their first single “My Body” went straight to platinum. Unfortunately they only had one great song in them. They broke up in 2003.
The-Dream recently told The Grio that he has dreams of forming a new R&B Supergroup. He wants to link up with Trey Songz, Miguel, Chris Brown and The Weeknd for a fantasy crooner collective. Looks like The-Dream and The Weeknd are finally over their little Twitter kerfuffle.
Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank got together in 2007 to form TGT. All three were good friends so they thought, “why not produce an album?” But they didn’t think the collaboration through. Each member of the trio was signed to a different label and legal issues prevented them from producing an album. But TGT just recently got signed to Atlantic Records and their album 3 Kings will be out in July 2013.
The Firm consisted of Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ and Cormega. Their songs Phone Tap, Affirmative Action, and Firm Biz were iconic rap classics. Unfortunately, they were the only bangin tracks on The Album. The Firm broke up in 1998, shortly after The Album was released and only 2 years after they got together.
The Original Kings of Comedy
They didn’t sing, but this is one of the best comedy supergroups on planet earth. Bernie Mac (RIP), Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer got together in 2000 to put on a comedy special directed by Spike Lee. It made $11 million in its first weekend despite only being shown on 847 screens.
Soul Train creator Don Cornelious put solo artists Howard Hewett, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel together in 1975 to create Shalamar. Together, they made hits like A Night to Remember, The Second Time Around and This Is for the Lover in You. Shalamar was more than just a disco supergroup. They were a dance trio, fashion icons and trendsetters.
BG, Juvenile, Lil Wayne and Turk formed Hot Boys in the late 90s. All over the south, people banged I Need a Hot Girl, Rock Ice and We on Fire for years. Eventually everyone but Lil’ Wayne left the Hot Boys and Cash Money records. And that freed Wayne up to become one of the biggest names in rap.
Erykay Badu formed Edith Funker with singer Nikka Costa, Wendy & Lisa (The Revolution) and ?uestlove (The Roots). Together they made the funky track “Don’t Forget the Hot Sauce (Annie No Panties)” and virtually nothing else.
Gnarls Barkley is a supergroup duo composed of Cee-Lo Green and Danger Mouse. They got together in 2006 and released a host of hit singles including Crazy. Cee-Lo has hinted that Gnarls Barkley will produce their next album in 2013, but there’s been no word on this future album for over a year.
The Brand New Heavies
The acid/jazz funk group The Brand New Heavies have had a lot of members over the years. But during the late 90s, The Brand New Heavies had enough music greats to count as a supergroup: singer N’Dea Davenport, songwriters Sideah Garret and Sy Smith and Carleen Anderson (Young Disciples). Together they produced hits like Dream on Dreamer, Never Stop and Stay This Way.