Friday, December 25, 2009

MoKenStef

MoKenStef were an female R&B trio from Los Angeles, California that consisted of members Monifa Bethune, Kenya Hadley and Stephanie Sinclair. The group's name was a combination of the first syllable of each of the girls' names.
In May of 1995, the trio released their debut single, "He's Mine" which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, topped Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 27 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #70 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In June of that same year, MoKenStef released their debut album, "Azz Izz" which peaked at #117 on the Billboard 200, #24 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and topped Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The follow-up single, "Sex in the Rain" peaked at #63 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles, staying on the chart for 13 weeks, but missed the Hot 100 completely.
The last single was supposed to be a remake of Smokey Robinson's "Baby Come Close" which the trio recorded a remix cover version of Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It." The album and the remix versions received a promotional release on CD and vinyl and a music video was made for it, but the single was never commercially released.

MoKenStef performed the remix version of "He's Mine" on the Nickelodeon show, "All That" and they appeared on the "Phat Beach" movie soundtrack in 1996 with the song, "Jack'n Me."
In 1999, they released a single called "He Say She Say" which was a promotion for Cool Dre's album, "Hits 4 the New Millennium," but it was unsuccessful.

By 2000, they officially broke up and faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "He's Mine," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1uayIkqhj4

To see the music video for "Sex in the Rain," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7xzLqr2cT0

To see a fan-made video for "Baby Come Close/I Can't Help It," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KvEoHRuKFA

To see a fan-made video for "He Say, She Say," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3njf6N6Q8Y


[updated on 03/25/13]

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