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Hey Y’all!  We are back with another WATN, and this time we are focusing on the people who were lucky enough to have a song that was nationally recognized and charted, but unlucky enough to stay in the limelight.

Now, let’s remember that at least they were able to reach success, so they’re not failures, and their journey isn’t done yet.  So, let’s see where they are now, and look forward to what they might have in store for us in the future.  Are you ready?  Let’s get it, starting with…


Hurricane Chris

The Louisiana native first came on the music scene in 2007 with the song “A Bay Bay,” an ode to… I’m not sure.  I thought it was an ode to catcalling, but the first lyrics of the song makes you feel as though you can use it for any situation (particularly in one where you’re free to dance barefoot in a hot club.  Hey, I didn’t say it!)  This was the lead single from his debut album 51/50 Rachet.

After the release of this hit single, he went on to release two more albums.  Unleashed had the singles “Halle Berry (She’s Fine),” on it, along with the song “Headboard” that featured Plies and Mario.

Hurricane Chris maintained visibility by doing features, appearing in remixes, and had a beef with fellow rapper Dorrough.

In 2014 Chris released the single Ratchet with rapper Lil Boosie from the soon to be released album Return of the Hurricane.


Fabo from D4L

Did “Laffy Taffy,” make you question everything you knew about your favorite childhood sweets?  I mean… Why you had to make “Chick O Sticks” dirty, Fabo?

Fabo was the front man for the rap group D4L, before he decided to take a hiatus from the group.  While Shawty Lo began to become more visible (and became a baby momma aficionado), Fabo enrolled at Ashworth College while also sporadically releasing music under the new moniker 2$ Fabo.

In June 2014 he released the single “Flying Cars.”

Dem Franchize Boyz

After an exhausting summer of selling Mitchell and Ness throwbacks, I was personally relieved when Dem Franchize Boyz encouraged men to find joy in the clear canvas that was the “White Tee.”

Coming on the scene in (yup) their White Tees, Dem Franchize Boyz left Universal to sign to So So Def, where they released the above gem of public adoration.

However, the public might not have liked them as much as they hoped, because after “They Like Me” the snap music genre began to fade away.  DFB continued to release music, and did collaborations with artists like Korn, and Monica.

It seems that their last group project was the Voltron mixtape in 2011.  Parlae (after being arrested during a drug raid in 2006, and being suspected of murder in 2005) then went on to pursue a solo career in 2011.  Pimpin’ was rumored to be a new cast member for Love and Hip Hop Atlanta in 2012 (which we know hasn’t happen yet),  Jizzal Man is still releasing music, and just released a music video of his song “Turn Up,” in April 2014, and Buddie is still rapping, and was featured on a song by a rapper named F.A.M.E.

 

In an effort to not overload the page, I’m going to include Jizzal Man’s video since it is the most recent.


Young Dro

Are you bouncing right to left, and two stepping?  Then you could be diagnosed with shoulder leaning (no worries, it’s curable).

But seriously though, this song was everywhere in 2006, and it seemed like the anthem of the year.  Young Dro, who was part of TI’s Grand Hustle label seemed to be the one to usurp the King (perish the thought).  Then… he drifted off into a sea of uncertainty…

Until he POPPED back in our consciousness with the single “F.D.B.” in 2013 that seemed be a theme in many Vine videos.  As recently as last he was touring, and just did a show with T.I. and Kirko Bangz.

Please beware, this video is explicit.

J-Kwon

Counting can be so hard sometimes, right?  But with a heavy cadence, and an ode to underage drinking, you too can learn to count almost to ten, and then back down.

J-Kwon, who was signed to the S0-So Def label, and was from St. Louis, MO was a teen when he popped into the mainstream consciousness.  After the popularity of “Tipsy,” he went on to release Hood Hop, which was big in the STL, but didn’t seem to take off as well in other areas.

He took a break from music, and at one point in time his label considered him missing, but he let the public know that he was just taking a break.

After that break he had a feud that resulted in the release of the diss track
Pushing the Odds,” aimed at Odd Future and Pusha T.  “Tipsy” also had a rebirth when it was put in the trailer for the film Project X, which probably made it easier for him to appear at the So-So Def 20th anniversary party to perform the track.


Yung L.A.

I’m not even going to lie, driving to this song is so much fun.  It’s something about turning the wheel ever so smoothly to the beat… so. Much. Fun.

Anyway…

Apparently, Yung L.A.  didn’t have as much fun creating the song as I did driving to it, because tension between him, T.I., and Young Dro caused him to be released from Grand Hustle.  Yung Dro then got into an issue with Kat Stacks and set her up to get attacked.  However, whatever you put in the universe seems to come back to you, because he was set up by Alley Boy, a rapper and CEO of the label that Yung L.A.  wanted to get signed to, Duct Tape Records (he even got the logo tattooed on his face).

Through all of this he’s still releasing music.  That’s tenacity for you.


Tiffany Evans

I was SO here for “Promise Ring,” it was such a sweet and fun song.  Tiffany Evans, whose strong voice was already introduced to the world through winning  “Star Search” at only nine years old, and performing on the talk show circuit.

She was in Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and “Law & Order: SVU,” and “The District.”  She also contributed a chapter in the book Saving Our Daughters with other prominent African American entertainers (like Janet Jackson, Malinda Williams, and the such).

In 2010, she dropped Matthew Knowles as her manager and decided to start her own record label called “Little Lady Entertainment.”  She also married the president of the company, Lorenzo Henderson.  She then became a mother in 2012, to a beautiful little girl named Adalia.  Through out all of this, Tiffany has continued to work on music, and her talent has just grown.

Hot Stylz

Before Yung Joc was defending himself from Karlie Redd on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, he brought the rap group Hot Stylz from Chicago to us.  Considering that this song was only a single from a mixtape and how it rose to prominence is proof that it was a hit.

However, after much anticipation, the group only released two mixtapes, and no albums.  The members all work on solo projects, but also still work together.  They just released the audio to a song “B*tch, I’m Handsome,” and this video shows them promoting it at what looks to be a college campus.

Huey

Looking for a good thigh work out?  I dare you to pop lock and drop it the ENTIRE time this song is playing.  You’d get thighs of steel, just saying.

Another STL rapper who came out with a bang, but subsequent singles failed to hit as well.  However, he’s still pushing along, with releasing mixtapes and albums.  With a move to Atlanta, he signed to Wacka Flocka’s Brick Squad, and is releasing his third album this year.

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Murphy Lee

Murphy Lee was heralded as the next big thing to come from St. Louis.  He was signed to Nelly’s Derrty Ent. and had a following outside of the Lou.

“Shake Ya Tailfeather” topped at number one on the Billboard Music charts the year it came out, and even gained Lee a Grammy win.  It was assumed that Murphy Lee’s album, Murphy’s Law, would be a hit as well.  However, none of the other songs seemed to have the crossover appeal that “Tailfeather” had.

After being arrested for a DWI in 2004, Murphy Lee was somewhat quiet.  He started his own record label UC-Me Entertainment, and is releasing music now.

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