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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 play lists). 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 announced the recording of a new album. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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vertinahende r s o n
Takes me back to high school in the hallways chantin' Engine engine number 9... lol, good times.
nicko252008
Wow remember when people were actually MC's. Who actually had a talent that so few could do? not some computer program rappers we have now. LMFAO Black sheep is DOPE, good music never dies.
Thay only had 2 albums
The bomb joint
As tupac said aint nothing like the old school
janjvjaxsn
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Black Sheep is dope! Late 80's & early 90's hip hop is the peak of hip hop, the Best no doubt. Lil wezy, drake and those other clowns can't compare to real skillz, puppets!
In the Kia soul commercial
Kind of funny
I'm in the jungle
rondarmcclai n
Remember the clubs and parties to this song, when everyone gets low and then it gets TURNED UP, the days. miss the 90s
they try 2 keep the old ages from ruining their time now but the past hiphop is the best no matter what and that's coming from a 13 year old
I can't believe the Dres went H.A.M. on Kanye and Kim a couple of weeks ago!
Blacksheep shall remain without a hit or CD in 2013!!
Timeless
thanks for just saying L ahole black sheep rocks
stevetuck18
L
I LAUGH AT MOST OF THE COMMENTS BECAUSE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT 'HATE' IT OR SAY THAT KIA KILLED IT ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT LOVED IT FROM THE LATE 80'S....... THANKS KIA FOR ADDING ANOTHER CHECK IN BLACK SHEEP'S POCKETS AND ANOTHER TWO GENERATIONS TO HEAR IT AGAIN
that djs remix made this song annoying . reapeating s**t 7 times gtfo
hollamnky
damn Kia hamsters ruined the song
pcarice4
Lol yehh the kia commerciall lol this or that
claris50
KIA COMMERCIAL
stanley.mart i n e z 2 1
Get with this or that
Still a party banger
Black sheep come back please come baaaaaaaaaaa a c k !
ajarenterpri s e s l l c
Covet art for this song kinda gay.
judianneambr o s e
Timeless! Black Sheep 4eva!!
tdjackson6
This song sucks. I like turtles.
when I was a kid me and my cousins would sing this song to my aunt she was very very black and mean
this is real hip hop at its finest!!
dj_sakk
Nineteen ninety one
timtag27
the Golden Age of Hip Hop at its finest.
When Hip-Hop still cared...ijs. . .
trizzy70
lol still get me hype!
yea but the kia commercials were kinda awesome...
dionne018
In 2012 this ish STILL rocks!! Black Sheep in da house!
I'm digging it!
jca203
The guy saying Uh C'mon Sounds like Chris Rock when he was a little younger.
chantaerev
AHMEN
em.is.barefo o t
I swear to god I cannot listen to this song anymore without thinking about that Kia Soul commercial with the thug hamsters. Not that it ruined it for me, but when i think Black Sheep I don't want to think about breaking rodents.
faldorsey
come on dude u know dorn well u was in ur jetta listening to this in da 90's stop playin
,,not BaAaaaAad,,
back it up!! back it up !! back it up !! BACK ON THE SCENE..... man I love that.
If you haven't listened to both their albums , I mean really listened then you need to get up off dat a** , go to your nearest record sto and cop dem shyts
Y'all know whats up. BLACK SHEEP for eva'
this is my jam!
john.schaffn e r
one of the dopest party songs of all time...engin e engine #9...
THIS IS HIP HOP!!!
Smash the radio!
londa.jean
I can't stand the radio these days. Miss real hip hop
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