Saturday, September 29, 2012

Total

Total was a female R&B group from the 90's that consist of members Kima Raynor, Keisha Spivey, and Pam Long. They were signed to Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment record label.

They first gained attention providing backing vocals for the late Notorious B.I.G.'s songs, "One More Chance" and "Juicy."
In 1995, Total released their first single, "Can't You See" featuring the Notorious B.I.G., which became a hit, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of 1995, #10 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in June of 1995, staying on the chart for 30 weeks.

The song was featured on the soundtrack to the film, "New Jersey Drive."
In January of 1996, Total released their self-titled debut album, which peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The second single from the album, "No One Else" featuring rapper Da Brat, peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1996, #25 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in February of 1996, staying on the chart for 25 weeks.
The third single, "Do You Know" peaked at #62 on Billboard's Hot R&B Airplay chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
The fourth single from the album, "Kissin' You" peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of 1996, #7 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in June of 1996, staying on the chart for 29 weeks.   
The last single from the album, "When Boy Meets Girl\Do You Think About Us" peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in November of 1996, staying on the chart for 17 weeks and #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi Singles Sales chart.

During that same year, Total was featured on LL Cool J's song, "Loungin'" which became a hit on the charts.
In 1997, Total released the single, "What About Us" which peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November of 1997, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #16 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in November of 1997, staying on the chart for 36 weeks.

The song was featured on the "Soul Food" movie soundtrack. During that same year, Total was featured on rapper Mase's song, "What You Want" from his "Harlem World" album.
In October of 1998, Total released their sophomore album, "Kima, Keisha, and Pam" which peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The second single from the album, "Trippin'" featuring Missy Elliott, peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November of 1998 and #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Sitting Home" peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1999, #37 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #10 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart in May of 1999, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

After the release of their second album, Total sang the chorus to rap duo Gang Starr's single, "Discipline" in 1999 and a year later, they were featured on Tony Touch's single, "(I Wonder Why) He's the Greatest DJ." They also contributed songs to the movie soundtracks for "3 Strikes" and "Bait."

After that, not much was heard from Total and it appeared as if they faded into obscurity. 

Keisha Spivey lives in California and is married to actor Omar Epps with two children as well as Omar's daughter from a previous relationship. 

Pam Long continues to be active in the music business and is working on a solo album entitled, "Undeniable" which scheduled for release sometime in 2012.

It's unknown what Kima Raynor is up to these days.

To see Pam's official website, go to:
http://www.pamelalongonline.com/

To follow Pam on Twitter, go to:
http://twitter.com/pamelalong1

To see the music video for "Can't You See," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4lW5BQ_JDQ

To see the music video for "No One Else," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRKf9ecdSic

To see a fan-made video for "Do You Know," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtshlP8ApP8

To see the music video for "Kissin' You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4powX4uETms

To see a fan-made video for "When Boy Meets Girl," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F2x2hPmWzA

To see the music video for "What About Us," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-2FbKnu2ec

To see the music video for "Trippin'," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHQLSpaED7M

To see the music video for "Sitting Home," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2UOq0r0oFI

1 comment:

Winter Steele said...

I know I'm a little late on posting this, but I just wanted to say that the "Total/702/Blaque" entry was a *major* blast from the past for me.

I live in the midwest now, but I grew up on the east coast, and back in the day all of the aforementioned groups were hot sh*t. Particularly 702. I can't even begin to recall how many times I heard people blasting "Where My Girls At" on the stereo just before school.

Anyway, thank so much for the update on these folks, and for the nostalgia.