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3rd Storee/Surprise update

Over the years, several groups tried to recapture the magic of The Jackson 5 and New Edition...



...and, well, didn't quite make it to their levels, but they always get kudos for trying! 3rd Storee was no exception.

I remember seeing "If Ever" all over The Box and actually liking this song, because it sounded like an old Chi-Lites or Stylistics joint with an updated twist. It peaked at #64 R&B. A second single was released...



...but the album never saw the light of day. Even though they had the help of Next front man R.L. for this single "Party Tonight," they were signed to Yab Yum Records, a Sony imprint owned by Tracey Edmonds that had several artists (Laurnea, Jon B.) that never got their just due.

Eventually 3rd Storee finished going through puberty and the lead singer, Lil' Man, was dropped or dropped out (I never knew this until I researched it online). They signed to Def Jam and their next single "Get With Me" featured then up-and-coming rapper Joe Budden. However, they added a new backing singer and a new lead that was none other than...



J'Son! I thought he had completely fallen off the face of the earth until I read the YouTube comments on the "If Ever" video saying that it was indeed J'Son (he sings lead on the first verse) fronting 3rd Storee for their 2002 album also titled "Get With Me." I actually remember BET premiering this video, but never hearing it on the radio. Billboard lists the single peaking at #85 R&B. We never heard from 3rd Storee again.

(Joe Budden, you are also on MIA status as well...)

After some MySpace digging, I found 3rd Storee's MySpace page (which links to all the individual members' pages) and J'Son's page, where he says he was a member of 3rd Storee (which has since changed its name to Chapter 4, and says they are signed to J Records), but curiously doesn't mention his prior solo career.

I didn't know this, but apparently Lil' Man (now known as K-Young) has also been on a solo grind. The single here only peaked at #38 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart in 2005. (In other words, you've never heard it. I haven't either.) Here is his MySpace page.

How to make a comeback:

They all have MySpace pages, so it seems like they're on their way...

3 comments:

Genesis said...

glad i found this blog. i knew the kid was j'son and they dropped lil man. i liked that group, but they came out at the wrong time. tracey edmonds aint no music exec, & she don't know how to market boy bands. plus when they came back out b2k was poppin and it was a wrap for them. did u know megan goode was in they video too? sans breast implants.

Anonymous said...

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