Saturday, February 12, 2011

LA Dream Team

L.A. Dream Team were a hip-hop group from Los Angeles, California. They are known for being one of the early hip-hop music acts on the West Coast and one of the pioneers of the West Coast "electro-hop" music scene.

The group was formed in the early 80's by Rudy Pardee (from Cleveland, Ohio) and Chris Wilson (a Los Angeles native).

They formed their own record label, Dream Team Records, releasing their own records and records from other California rap musicians.
Their best known early singles were "The Dream Team is in The House" and "Rockberry Jam" featuring musician Lisa "Miss Rockberry" Love. They even released J.J. Fad's very first single. In 1986, they signed to MCA Records.
During that same year, L.A. Dream Team released their debut album, "Kings of the West Coast" which peaked at #27 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their single, "The Dream Team is in the House!" peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #36 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

The other follow-up singles that were released didn't make the same impact as "The Dream Team is in the House."

In 1987, they were featured on the "Police Academy 4" movie soundtrack with the song, "Citizens on Patrol" featuring "Police Academy" star, Michael Winslow.
In 1987, L.A. Dream Team released their sophomore album, "Bad to the Bone" which peaked at #162 on the Billboard 200 chart.

It's unknown how or if it charted on the R&B albums chart. The singles released from the album didn't make any impact.
In 1989, L.A. Dream Team released their last album to date, "Back to Black" which flopped. With "electro-hop" fading away and gangsta rap music making mainstream impact, the L.A. Dream Team had seemingly faded away into obscurity.

But in 1993, they resurfaced under the name "TPD" and issued a few singles included an updated version of "Rockberry Jam," but it didn't last long.

After that, Chris Wilson went on to pursue music and video production. In 1998, Rudy Pardee tragically died in a scuba-diving accident.

To see a fan-made video for "The Dream Team is in the House," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2arv-AoW_TE

To see a fan-made video for "Rockberry Jam," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDd3N_uGlKo

To see the music video for one of their singles, "Nursery Rhymes," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xFMg2Bc5GE

2 comments:

key styles said...

My dad was with the La Dream Team you can find the video if you search DBS MOB rudy pardee

DJ EFX said...

Much respect to the LA Dream Team, i use to spin their cuts, still got all their albums on Vinyl. And reading the Story, found out that Rudy Pardee passed away. RIP to his family. Keep this music alive and thriving. this is the foundation to West Coast Rap / Hip Hop culture. One Luv!