Saturday, May 30, 2009

Gucci Crew II

Gucci Crew II was a hip-hop\Miami-bass group that consisted of members MC V and TFS 9 (aka 240 Shorty) along with their DJ, Disco Rick (who later became the producer for the group). The group was popular between 1986 to 1994.
In 1986, they released their debut single, "Gucci Bass" which was inspired by LL Cool J's song, "Rock the Bells" that became a regional hit in mid-1987.
During that same year, Gucci Crew II released their debut album, "So Def, So Fresh, So Stupid." The single from the album, "Sally (That Girl)" became their signature hit song, becoming successful outside of Florida.
In 1988, the group released their sophomore album, "What Time is it? Gucci Time" that was immediately embraced by the emerging audio-bass market.

Tensions began in the group when the album featured a parody of Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di" that was against Disco Rick's wishes. After that, he left Gucci Crew II and the group found themselves without a DJ or a producer.

In 1989, Gucci Crew II released their third album, "Everybody Wants Some" as a duo with help from Hot Productions' producer, Larry Davis (who had produced hit songs for L'Trimm). The album peaked at #42 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The only single to chart was "Five Dollar High" which peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.

Despite promotional campaigning and appearing on B.E.T.'s "Rap City" video show, the album proved to be unsuccessful and failed to attract new fans. Tensions between Gucci Crew II and Hot Productions had came to a boil.

A year later in 1990, Gucci Crew II hired a new DJ\producer named Hollywood and released their fourth and final album, "G4." The first single, "Pushin" got airplay on Yo! MTV Raps, but failed to attract any attention.
The second single, "Booty Shake" became a club anthem in the Southeastern United States in 1990 to 1991. The group managed to attract a whole new fanbase for a brief period.

By the end of 1991, the Miami Bass music scene underwent a makeover. In 1994, Gucci Crew II tried to release new singles, but to no success and Hot Productions Records closed the group out of their contract.

The group released a greatest hits album later that year and later seemingly faded into obscurity.

In December of 2007, MC V was shot and killed 6 times in the back in Americus, Georgia. He was buried in Ocala, Florida and Disco Rick was the only member of the group to attend his funeral.

To see a fan-made video for "Sally (That Girl)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGOBNnAT7uI

To see a fan-made video for "Gucci Bass," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_igePso-WU4

To see the music video for "Booty Shake," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wByH8SPt0fs


[updated on 05/21/13]

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