Thursday, October 18, 2012

Quad City DJ's

Quad City DJ's were a hip-hop\Miami bass\dance trio from Florida that consisted of Nathaniel "C.C. Lemonhead" Orange, Jimmy "Jay Ski" McGowan, and JeLana LaFleur. 

C.C. Lemonhead and Jay Ski partnered up in 1992 during high school and were in a group called Chill Deal. During that time, they produced fellow music acts such as Three Grand and Icy J. 

After Chill Deal broke up, they reformed as 95 South to create the hit song, "Whoot, There it Is" which was produced by C.C. and Jay, who then known as The Bass Mechanics. They also worked with music acts such as Dis-n-Dat and 69 Boyz. They later formed Quad City DJ's. 
In June of 1996, Quad City DJ's released their debut album, "Get On Up and Dance" which peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their first single, "C'Mon N' Ride It (The Train)" which became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1996, #4 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #5 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #18 on Billboard's Latin Pop Songs chart in October of 1996, #4 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #15 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 35 weeks.

The song was ranked the #1 song of 1996 by Village Voice magazine and ranked as the 162nd best song of all time and 20th best on Acclaimedmusic.net. It was also used as the theme song for the movie, "High School High." The song has been remixed and played at various sporting events.
The follow-up single from the album, "Summer Jam" peaked at #105 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart,  #27 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and #95 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
Quad City DJ's were featured on the "Space Jam" movie soundtrack with the title track, which peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, and #49 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

After that, not much was heard from them and it seems as if they've faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "C'Mon N' Ride It (The Train)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-DpRcxK_N8

To see a fan-made video for "Summer Jam," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzYmLulo7eQ

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

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