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Black Sheep

Remembered for a couple of striking singles and their membership in the Native Tongues family of groups, Black Sheep also recorded one of rap music's most entertaining debuts, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Handling both production and delivery, Dres and Mista Lawnge appeared headed for a long, rewarding career, but unfortunately faded after the release of their long-delayed sophomore set. Both members, Andre Titus (Dres) and William McLean (Mista Lawnge), were natives of New York who grew up in North Carolina, Titus the son of a military man. Both were also hip-hop fans during the mid-'80s, Dres as an MC and Mista Lawnge as a DJ. Looking for a record contract, Lawnge moved to New York -- where he'd spent time as a child -- and played a gig with DJ Red Alert, who introduced him to Mike Gee of the Jungle Brothers. Gee's connection to the newly christened Native Tongues family (headed by Afrika Bambaataa along with Queen Latifah) inspired Lawnge to form Black Sheep and recruit Dres as the group's MC. The duo's first release, "Flavor of the Month," was one of the hottest rap singles of 1991, and the ascendancy of Native Tongues groups De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest only improved Black Sheep's fortunes. Their debut album, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, released on Mercury late that year, hit number 30 on the album charts and the next single, "The Choice Is Yours," was an MTV hit (thanks to director Chuck Stone's video) and a surprising success at college radio (aside from specialty shows, rap rarely appeared on college playlists). The album eventually moved close to one million copies, and the pair appeared on the Brand New Heavies' Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 next to the era's hottest rappers: Main Source, Gang Starr, Kool G Rap, and the Pharcyde. Black Sheep's follow-up, Non-Fiction, was doomed from the start. Released in 1994, the record received close to zero promotion and lacked the imagination of A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. The single "Without a Doubt" got a little airplay, but the duo split soon after. Both worked on varying projects, and Dres released his solo debut, Sure Shot Redemption, in 1999. One year later, he appeared in the film Once in the Life, Laurence Fishburne's debut as a director, playing a bagman for a drug kingpin. Black Sheep reunited to produce a track for the film's soundtrack, toured with Das EFX, and eventually released a four-track EP, Redlight, Greenlight, in 2002. Dres retained the group name for 8WM/Novakane and From the Black Pool of Genius, released respectively in 2006 and 2010. ~ John Bush
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Stations Featuring
Black Sheep

    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    4 songs

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    3 songs

    1-Hit Wonders

    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

    Underground Hip-Hop

    Underground Hip-Hop
    1 song

Albums by
Black Sheep

Top Songs by
Black Sheep

  1.   Song
  2.   The Choice Is Yours
  3.   Flavor of the Month
  4.   Strobelite Honey
  5.   Butt in the Meantime
  6.   Pass the 40
  7.   Splash
  8.   Yes
  9.   Sunshine by Dinky Bingham
  10.   North South East West
  11.   Dusk by Mums
  12.   Winner by Az
  13.   U Mean I Don't
  14.   Novakane
  15.   Gimme the Finga
  16.   L.A.S.M.
  17.   U Mean I'm Not
  18.   Intro
  19.   Victory
  20.   Birds of A Feather featuring Mike G.
  21.   Born To Che
  22.   Power to the Pih-Poh by Rhymefest
  23.   Party Tonight by Jean Grae
  24.   Forever Luvlee
  25.   Be Careful by Chokolate
  26.   Hey
  27.   8WM
  28.   Everyday by Chokolate
  29.   For Doz That Slept
  30.   Blunted 10
  31.   On the Wall
  32.   For The Record
  33.   Come Back Home
  34.   Muy Bueno by Rosie Perez
  35.   Elevation
  36.   Bboys
  37.   Grew Up
  38.   Whodat?
  39.   Heed the Word
  40.   B-Boys Theme (Clean)
  41.   Time to Think
  42.   Hoes We Knows
  43.   La Menage
  44.   Try Counting Sheep
  45.   Similak Child
  46.   To Whom It May Concern
  47.   Are You Mad?
  48.   Have U.N.E. Pull
  49.   Black With N.V. (No Vision)
  50.   Reason To Pray
  51.   Shorty
  52.   Wonder (Clean)
  53.   Novakane Groove
  54.   Go to Hail
  55.   Important Fact by Psycho Les

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