Fame can be a fickle thing. Even in the hip-hop industry, some of its biggest stars can be sky-high one day and seeing stars the next. Unfortunately, not everyone can make out like Jay-Z. As a nod to ’90s hip-hop, and for the sake of nostalgia, Société Perrier has decided to fill you in on the current happenings of some of the era’s biggest talent.
Hit Songs: “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage”
Height Of Success: 1995-1996. Coolio won a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance, and his hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise” reached number one in 13 countries.
Where Is He Now: When he’s not serving jail time with his son at the same Las Vegas jail, you can see Coolio acting in family movies like Ghetto Hoes: Bitchez ‘N The Hood 2 or starring on reality shows like Celebrity Wife Swap. Speaking of reality shows, Coolio was said to have bullied and sexually harassed female contestants on a German show called Comeback – Die Grosse Chance. As for his hair, it just gets weirder and weirder.
Hit Songs: “The Bridge” and “The Informer”
Height Of Success: Shan had two different peaks in his career. The first was as a member of the Juice Crew All-Stars, followed by the success of his track “The Bridge” in 1987. The second was in 1992 when he was featured on Canadian reggae artist Snow’s hit song “The Informer.”
Where Is He Now: Shan decided to leave the rap game after having creative and financial differences with his contemporaries. He acted in Steve Martin’s L.A. Story. Shan also released a comeback record in 2012 called Let’s Bring Hip-Hop Back.
Kid ‘n Play
Hit Songs: “Funhouse,” “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody,” and “Rollin’ with Kid ‘n Play”
Height Of Success: 1988-1992
Where Are They Now: Kid, the one with the hi-top, became a comedian and voice-over actor. He also, strangely enough, wrote the theme song for Real Time with Bill Maher. Play became a born-again Christian and a hip-hop professor at North Carolina Central University.
Hit Songs: “Feel So Good “ and “Lookin’ At Me”
Height Of Success: 1997 with the release of Harlem World
Where Is He Now: After retiring to become a minister, Ma$e has had two music comebacks, with the latest seeing him appear on Kanye’s Cruel Summer.
Hit Songs: “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina”
Height Of Success: 1989-1991
Where Is He Now: Tone Lōc is now a prolific film, TV, and voice-over actor. He still performs on occasion, though he most recently collapsed onstage during a show in Iowa.
Hit Song: “Jump”
Height Of Success: 1992
Where Are They Now: The duo reunited some 20 years after they split up to perform in So So Def’s 20th Anniversary Tour. Going on as we speak.
Hit Songs: Anything with The Fugees and “Ghetto Supastar”
Height Of Success: 1994 and then again in 1998
Where Is He Now: Pras is still making music, as his latest single “Untried” reveals. The former Fugee has also acted in films alongside Ben Stiller, and started his own media company.
Silkk The Shocker
Hit Song: Appropriately enough, “The Shocker”
Height Of Success: 1996
Where Is He Now: After dropping out of the hip-hop landscape, Silkk made a return with a mixtape titled All I Do Is Win Vol. 1.
Hit Song: “Back That Thang Up/Back That Azz Up” & “Ha”
Height Of Success: 1998-2002
Where Is He Now: Juvenile has had many bouts with legal issues over the years, including failing to pay for child support. But he continues to have a fairly solid career in the music and film industries, releasing an album last year (Rejuvenation) and starring in a film this year (The Power of Few).
Pete Nice, MC Serch & DJ Richie Rich (3rd Bass)
Hit Song: “Pop Goes The Weasel”
Height Of Success: 1991 when “Pop Goes The Weasel” reached #1 as a rap single
Where Are They Now: Richie Rich quit the music industry. So did Pete Nice, who went on become a baseball historian and even open a sports bar in Boston called 3rd Base Bar. Serch is the only one who remained committed to music, appearing on Ego Trip’s The (White) Rapper Show and Miss Rap Supreme. His emcee days continue as a host for Detroit radio station WHTD 102.7.
As you can see, life had things in store for these musical icons that you might not have expected. And this is only scraping the surface. Anyone else from 90s hip-hop we might have missed? Leave your words below.
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