Looking through my music collection I went back to a conversation my wife and one of my friends had about MTV/ Bad Boy rap group Da Band. I decided to go back and listen to some songs and I realized that the album, "Too Hot For Tv" was ten years old. While not a classic by any means, I think Da Band was an important note in hip-hop history and it proved that image matters more than skills.
Da Band was made up of Young City aka Chopper, E. Ness, Babs Bunny, Dylan Dylinjah, Freddy P, and Sarah Stokes.
The song wasn't bad and it showed they had an ability to spit a little bit. With the exception of Chopper or Young City as he had to be called legally I would say. The album had about 5 or 6 decent songs which is about what you can say about an album today, but it never took off and soon after the members all went their separate ways. Babs now does Queen of the Ring rap battles, Ness has been around, and Young City might be the most worthless rapper not named Big Sean. Where Freddy, Dylan, and Sarah are, I have no idea.
At the end of the day, this marked Puffs decline of musical relevance with Bad Boy unfortunately, but it did start to propel him into the television business. In fact, the Making the Band series pretty much served as a vehicle to market himself, because none of the bands are even around anymore. The biggest problem with this group was that it became hard for the viewing public to reconcile seeing people, some of which had true rough upbringings and issues, be treated like they were then to hear them and take them seriously. I remember when the show was on and talking to friends who had auditioned and when it came up about walking for the cheesecake, it seemed such an obvious choice to do it and whatever you had to to live that dream, yet it played out differently. More potential fans were turned off by how weak and powerless they were in the situation. That's on Puff for sure. At the end of the day, it was a very interesting time. I'll leave you with my favorite song from the album. P.S. I still want to hear some songs from Babs - she was the best one.