Sunday, May 27, 2012

Positive K

Positive K (born Darryl Gibson in the Bronx, New York) was a male hip-hop rapper from the '90s.

He started his music career in 1986, making his debut on a hip-hop showcase album called "Fast Money." He was later signed to First Priority Records where he released 3 singles under the label.
On November 3, 1992, Positive K released his debut album "The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills" which peaked at #168 on the Billboard 200, #4 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart and #50 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA, making it his only successful album to date. Despite the reviews calling Positive K's album more than a fluke hit, it lacked perseverence on the Billboard albums chart, leading him to become a "one-hit wonder." The album is still beloved in the underground hip-hop community.
His first single, "I Got a Man" became a hit, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #12 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, topped Billboard's Rap Singles chart, and peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 24 weeks.

The song is memorable for Positive K not only providing the male vocals on the song, but the female vocals as well by raising the pitch of his voice with studio technology.

With the song making waves on the radio, Positive K was doing underground compliation appearances and doing guest appearances on other hip-hop artists' albums.
The follow-up single, "Night Shift" peaked at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #17 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Ain't No Crime" peaked at #16 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart, but failed to make the Hot 100 at all. In 1993, Positive K was featured on R&B group Motif's single, "You Told Me."
Positive K continued to release more singles. His last chart appearance was the single "Black Cinderella" which peaked at #92 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. In 2006, he appeared on Nas' "Where Are They Now" remix.
Positive K's sophomore album and recent album to date, "Back to the Old School" was released in 2008 on EchoVista Records.

These days, Positive K has switched his career to stand-up comedy.

To see the music video for "I Got a Man," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvYIpa1Ulvw

To see the music video for "Nightshift," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic9pnOcTNlQ

To see the music video for "Ain't No Crime," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3EMB4nPCM

To see a fan-made video for "Black Cinderella," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Si2_6TCAVk

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