Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Redhead Kingpin and the F.B.I.


Redhead Kingpin and the F.B.I. were a hip-hop\new-jack swing group consisting of members David "Redhead" Guppy, Wildstyle, Bo Roc, Lt. Squeak, Buzz and Poochie.

In 1989, the group released their debut album, "A Shade of Red" which peaked at #47 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Their first single, "Do the Right Thing" became one of the group's most well-known songs, peaking at #13 on the UK Singles Chart.

In the US, the song peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, and #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The group's second single, "Pump it Hottie" became another hit for them, peaking at #2 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #37 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The last single from the album, "We Rock the Mic Right" peaked at #86 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

In 1991, the group released their second and final album, "The Album with No Name" which peaked at #182 on the Billboard 200 and #51 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.





The group's only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 was with the single, "3-2-1 Pump" which peaked at #52 on the chart. The follow-up singles, "All About Red," "It's a Love Thang," "Nice and Slow," and "Nice" were moderately successful on the rap & R&B charts.

The group was featured on the "New Jack City" movie soundtrack in 1991 and during that same year, David Guppy made his acting debut in the movie, "Strictly Business" featuring Halle Berry.

In 1993, Guppy formed a new group "Private Investigators" which released an album, "React Like Ya Knew" and during that time, Guppy changed his name to "Dawud Nurrid Diyn."

After that, it seemed that Guppy and his first group faded into obscurity. In 2006, Redhead Kingpin was featured on Nas' single, "Where Are They Now."

To see the music video for "Do the Right Thing," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUv3iZ4PafM

To see the music video for "Pump it Hottie," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=kHNpDvB1-hQ

To see the music video for "We Rock the Mic," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=fLEUyukz-Cg

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