Part 2 of the “Is YMCMB The New Koch Records (nka eOne Music)???” editorial mini-series will touch on a group of washed-up artists formerly signed to the label. Hope you enjoy the article!!!
Teena Marie came into the game in 1964 via a guest role on the then-popular show “The Beverly Hillbillies” (in which she was 8 years old at the time). Marie would continue to build up her musical skills through frequent collabos with Rick James (R.I.P.). After dropping her biggest-selling album ‘Starchild‘ in 1984, her career would start going downhill. She would make a comeback in 2004 when she signed to the now-dormant YMCMB division, Cash Money Classics. She would drop 2 post-YMCMB albums before she died of natural causes in 2010.
Mack 10 got his start in 1994 as a featured artist on Ice Cube’s compilation album ‘Bootlegs & B-Sides‘. Later, he enjoyed success as a member of defunct supergroup Westside Connection. His career would hit a low point when he dropped his 2000 album ‘The Paper Route‘ which resulted in him leaving Priority Records. In 2001, he would drop his first & only album on YMCMB titled ‘Bang Or Ball‘ which would go nowhere sales-wise. His career hasn’t been the same ever since.
KeKe Wyatt’s first collabo track with singer Avant, titled “My First Love“, in 2000 would make her a promising star in the R&B scene. But the controversy that followed afterwards (among other things) would be her downfall while it did help her debut album ‘Soul Sista‘ reach Platinum status. Her short run on YMCMB (from 2004 to 2006) didn’t help matters as her first album on the label, ‘Emotional Rollercoaster‘, would never drop. At the present time, you can see her as a cast member on the TV One reality show “R&B Divas: Atlanta“.
In 2000, Freeway began his run in the rap game on Roc-A-Fella Records as a member of Beaine Sigel’s group State Property. After leaving Roc-A-Fella in 2009, Freeway would have a short run on YMCMB with nothing to show for it but a few mixtape tracks. Freeway is currently pushing his Team Early Entertainment label among other things.
Co-signs from Missy Elliott, Fabolous, & Ja Rule would serve no purpose for R&B singer Lil Mo as she has struggled to get it poppin in the 16 years she has been in the industry. Her 2-year run on YMCMB didn’t help her get it poppin no quicker as she only had 2 singles (“Hot Girls” & “Dem Boyz“) to show for it. She can currently be found as a cast member on the TV One reality show “R&B Divas: LA“.
Stay in tune for more in Part 3 of this editorial mini-series.