Sunday, September 7, 2008

Oaktown's 3.5.7.

Oaktown 3.5.7 were a female hip-hop/rap group from the late 80s/early 90s. They were formed by MC Hammer in 1989 and the members of the group consisted of Phyllis "Lil' P" Charles, Tabatha "Terrible T" King, and Djuana "Sweet L.D." Johnican.

The name "Oaktown" is a nickname for Oaktown, California and .357 Magnum was chosen to represent their powerful dance moves.

The girls began their career in the music & entertainment industry as background dancers for MC Hammer. While performing with him on stage, Lil' P, Terrible T, and Sweet L.D. gave an excellent show. They were featured in his music videos for "Pump it Up," "Let's Get it Started," and "Turn This Mutha Out."

The trio's performances as dancers and their creativity as lyricists drew interest from MC Hammer around the time when he was searching for a female singing group to create.

After hearing Lil' P rapping on the microphone rehearsing for a dancing show, he decided to present the idea to the girls about becoming singers and shortly after this suggestion, Oaktown 3.5.7. was formed.
In 1989, Oaktown's 3.5.7. released their debut album, "Wild & Loose" which peaked at #126 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. When it was time to film the video for the song, Lil' P left the group to get married and two new members, Sweet P and VC were added to the group, making it a quartet.

After the first single, VC broke her leg and never returned to the group while Sweet P left to replace Sassy C of JJ Fad.
By the time the second single, "3-5-7 Straight at You" was released, the group was down to a duo: Terrible T and Sweet LD. The single started to get heavy video and club play which prompted two more singles from the album to be released.
The first of the two singles, "Juicy Gotcha Crazy" (featuring guest vocals by B Angie B) peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #48 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #42 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single from the album, "We Like It" peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #23 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #41 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #79 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
In 1991, after a brief hiatus, Oaktown's 3.5.7. released their second album, "Fully Loaded" which saw the girls taking more control over their image and music, ushering in a brand new sexy look and sound.
The first single from the album, "Turn it Up" peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #46 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #18 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The second single, "It's Not Your Money" peaked at #53 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Honey" peaked at #44 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

According to the Milk Carton Pop Stars blog, there was a tenative release date for a follow up EP entitled "Fila Treatment," but it was never released. Due to internal conflict between the management and record company representing the duo, they were released from their management and record contract in 1992.

After that, it seemed as if Oaktown 3.5.7. faded into obscurity, but according to a comment I received from Sweet L.D. (now under the name Suhayla Sabir) back in 2010, all three members are doing well.

These days, Sweet L.D. resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and two of her three sons. Her oldest son, Dijuan Muldrew is pursuing his passion in music.

She continues to be active in the music business and her single, "Get Up On It" is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. She and Phyllis (or "Lil' P") continue to perform together.

To see Oaktown 3.5.7's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/realoaktowns357#!/realoaktowns357

To follow Sweet L.D. on Twitter, go to:
http://www.twitter.com/@SweetLD357

To follow Lil' P on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/Oaktowns357lilp

To see Oaktown 3.5.7.'s YouTube page, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/officialoaktown357

To see the music video for "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfrJ2qL6gCs

To see the music video for "3.5.7. Straight At You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oORkYGjL26s

To see the music video for "Juicy Gotcha Krazy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a8Zu8I8yT0

To see the music video for "We Like It," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Piqz0jPFJ_Y

To see the music video for "Turn it Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TICElUqqpl0

To see the music video for "Honey," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTNn6Irxoag


[updated on 03/09/13]

2 comments:

Suhayla Sabir aka Sweet L.D. said...

Hi Kyleigh! What a very informative article on our group. Has information I didn't even know. Thanks. Oaktown's 357, all 3 original members, are doing well. Check us out on Facebook on the Oaktown's 357 page. We would love to chat with all curious fans. Have a great day!

Suhayla Sabir aka Sweet L.D. said...

p.s. I am sorry, I forgot to leave my name~This is Sweet L.D.! Thanks again!