Heavy D & The Boyz Similar Artists

Kid 'N Play - 74% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: Comedy Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Among rap’s most innocuous outfits, Kid ‘N Play came to light in 1988 through an album that to date represents their best work; and typified their happy-go-lucky, cartoon style. So much so that the group was offered their own cartoon series, following their appearance in House Party (Kid ‘N Play’s Funhouse is a spin-off from the film, including actual dialog Read more

Guy - 71% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Widely applauded as the originators of swingbeat, a fusion of hip-hop beats with gospel/soul vocals also referred to as ‘new jack swing’, Guy was formed by Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling. At the close of the 80s the New York trio broke big by combining Aaron’s talented larynx with the studio know-how of producer Riley. The sound and image was much cop Read more

Bell Biv Devoe - 56% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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On their arrival on the music scene in 1989, this trio of former New Edition members, Ricky Bell (18 September 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), Michael Bivins (b. 10 August 1968, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) and Ronnie DeVoe (b. 17 November 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), heralded a new development in American urban music, infusing their hip-hop-inflected rhymes with a m Read more

Ralph Tresvant - 55% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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16 May 1968, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Following the success of Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill, Tresvant became the final former member of New Edition to record a solo album in 1990. Released on MCA Records and featuring moderate swingbeat numbers such as ‘Rated R’, Ralph Tresvant did little to remove the impression that this artist was technically t Read more

Wreckx-N-Effect - 54% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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With their Teddy Riley -produced single of the same name in 1988, this US vocal group announced the arrival of New Jack Swing, or swingbeat. Formed by Markell Riley (Teddy’s brother), Brandon Mitchell (the Rileys’ half-brother), and Aquil Davidson, the group’s career was rocked by the death of Mitchell in a 1989 shooting. The intervening period was not especially Read more

Bobby Brown - 53% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Brown, 5 February 1969, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. A former member of New Edition, Brown emerged in the late 80s as the king of swingbeat, the fusion of hip-hop beats and soul vocals also referred to as ‘new jack swing’. Like many of the genre’s stars, Brown is not gifted with either huge ability or personality, yet he stamped his authority on the scen Read more

LL Cool J - 53% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Whodini - 51% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Brooklyn, New York-based rappers who, from their formation in 1982, pioneered the commercial rap/rock crossover, while many also cite their earliest recordings as precursors to the ‘New Jack Swing’ movement. Whodini are rappers Jalil Hutchins (30 November 1963) and Ecstasy (b. John Fletcher, 7 June 1964), backed from 1986 by talented old school DJ, Grandmaster Dee Read more

EPMD - 47% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Tony! Toni! Toné! - 44% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This swingbeat trio from Oakland, California, was formed by brothers Dwayne (14 February 1963, Oakland, California, USA; lead vocals, guitar) and Raphael Wiggins (b. Charlie Ray Wiggins, 14 May 1966, Oakland, California, USA; lead vocals/bass), and their cousin Timothy Christian (b. 10 December 1965, Oakland, California, USA; drums). They arrived with ‘Little Walter Read more

Hi Five - 43% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Big Daddy Kane - 42% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Antonio M. Hardy, 10 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Self-styled ‘black gentleman vampire’, whose KANE moniker is an acronym for King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal. Kane followed his cousin into hip-hop by rapping in front of a beatbox for his first shows on Long Island, New York. Aided by his DJ Mr Cee, he has released several albums of laconic, fully reali Read more

Jodeci - 42% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Among the more eloquent practitioners of ‘new jack swing’ or swingbeat, Jodeci enjoyed huge success in the USA during the 90s. The band was formed by two pairs of brothers: Joel ‘JoJo’ (10 June 1971, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA) and Cedric ‘K-Ci’ Hailey (b. 2 September 1969, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA), and ‘Mr’ Dalvin and Donal Read more

MC Lyte - 41% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lana Moorer, 11 October 1970, Queens, New York City, New York, USA, but raised in Brooklyn. The daughter of First Priority boss Nat Robinson, and sister to the Audio Two brothers, Lyte began her career in fine style with the 45 ‘I Cram To Understand U (Sam)’, released when she was still a teenager. The story told of personal deceit in a relationship, the narrator u Read more

Christopher Williams - 40% match to Heavy D & The Boyz

Genres: R&B / Soul
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