Monday, March 1, 2010

Wreckx-n-Effect

Wreckx-n-Effect were a hip-hop\new jack swing group consisting of members Aqil "A-Plus" Davidson, Brandon Mitchell, and Markell Riley. They performed under the name "Wrecks-n-Effect."
In 1989, the group released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #103 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Wreckx-n-Effect's first success was with the single, "New Jack Swing" which peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #14 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and #48 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
Their follow-up, "Juicy" peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #27 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #36 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

The album received little promotion from Atlantic Records and their manager left for Motown Records. In 1990, after the release of Wreckx-n-Effect's debut album, Brandon Mitchell was tragically killed in a shooting incident.
After Brandon's death, the remaining members, Aqil and Markell changed the spelling of their group's name to "Wreckx-n-Effect" and released their sophomore album, "Hard or Smooth" on MCA Records.

The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart.
Wreckx-n-Effect's biggest hit to date, "Rump Shaker" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The second single from the album, "Knock-N-Boots" peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, #71 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, #71 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The third single, "My Cutie" peaked at #37 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #75 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The last single from the album, "Wreckx Shop" which peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #46 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and
#13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1996, Wreckx-n-Effect released their last album, "Raps New Generation" which flopped, failing to chart at all on the Billboard charts. The only single to chart was "Top Billin" which peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.

After the commercial failure of their third album, Wreckx-n-Effect's fame had peaked and soon after, they split up, seemingly fading into obscurity.

Today, Aqil Davidson launched an independent record label, Control Records in 2003 and performs under the name "EmperA."

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

To see the music video for "New Jack Swing," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrQT-RVxyS4

To see the music video for "Knock-n-Boots," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIC4eUEXmh0

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

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