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Fu-Schnickens

Background information
Origin East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Genres Hip hop
Instruments rapping
Years active 1991 - 1996
Labels Jive Records
Associated acts A Tribe Called Quest, Shaquille O'Neal
Members
Roderick Roachford (a.k.a. Chip Fu)
Joseph A. Jones (a.k.a. Moc Fu)
Lennox Maturine (a.k.a. Poc Fu)

Fu-Schnickens was an American hip-hop trio. Similar to Das EFX for their cartoonish lyrics and near-constant allusions to pop culture staples, they were the first Hip Hop artists to rap in backwards fashion.[1] The Fu-Schnickens' popularity was brief but significant in hip hop history. Their best known track is 1993's "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)," featuring basketball star Shaquille O'Neal.

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History

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Career

The Fu-Schnickens comprised Chip Fu (Roderick Roachford), Moc Fu (Joe Jones), and Poc Fu (Lennox Maturine). "Fu" stood for "For Unity" and "Schnicken" was a made-up word which meant "coalition".[1] The three friends from East Flatbush, Brooklyn first gained attention after performing at a rap event at Howard University, after which they were signed by Jive Records.[1] The group's debut single, "Ring the Alarm," hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart in 1992,[2] sparking anticipation for the group's debut album F.U. Don't Take It Personal. With the hit singles, "La Schmoove" (featuring Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest) and "True Fu-Schnick", the album reached the Top 20 in the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart [1][2] and was certified gold by the RIAA.

In 1993, the Fu-Schnickens began work on their second album. They recorded a fast-paced song called "What's Up Doc?" which featured a sample of Bugs Bunny saying his famous catchphrase. But they could not get sample clearance from Warner Bros so they shelved the song. Meanwhile, the then-rookie NBA star Shaquille O'Neal was a media sensation. In many interviews, he talked about his love of hip-hop music and stated that the Fu-Schnickens were his favorite rap group. This prompted the group to contact O'Neal for a collaboration. O'Neal recorded a verse that was added on to the already-recorded "What's Up Doc?" with the group and O'Neal saying "What's up, doc?" to replace the Bugs Bunny sample. Although, the group had not yet completed work on their album, the song was quickly released as a single to capitalize on O'Neal's popularity. The single was a Top 40 hit in the summer of 1993,[2] briefly propelling the group into the mainstream.[1] The group's second album, Nervous Breakdown, did not arrive until 1994, by which time the rap landscape had dramatically changed, and there was no longer an audience for their unique style.

The Fu took part in a huge performance on the finale of The Arsenio Hall Show, alongside the likes of KRS-One, the Wu-Tang Clan, Naughty By Nature, MC Lyte, Guru, Mad Lion, Yo-Yo, Das EFX, CL Smooth & A Tribe Called Quest.

The Fu-Schnickens are also notable for their many references to martial arts films and Asian culture before the Wu-Tang Clan,[1] who eventually helped make such references popular in hip-hop music.

Post-Career

Chip Fu recorded a track produced by Oh No of Stones Throw Records in 2005, and he makes an appearance on the 2005 debut album by Ali Shaheed Muhammad. In February 2007, Chip Fu was one of those requested by Nas to appear on the '90s remix to "Where Are They Now?", a track where Nas laments the absence of the skilled rappers he had enjoyed in the early days of hip-hop. The remixes brought together almost all the rappers Nas mentioned, allowing them to prove their skills were still intact in 2007 and make a renewed impression on hip-hop fans. Chip Fu delivered a fast, playful verse with audible relish. In 2007, Chip fu also released an instant underground classic called "Love Mi Sensi" based on the collie buds "Come Around Track" the track took off and has received 112,395 views on youtube. Chip fu understood that a lot of people are waiting for his debut solo album so he released STOP PLAYING THE MIXTAPE for people to download for free through his own production company (www.chipfu.com/stopplaying), Blaq Ink Entertainment.Chip fu finally collabed with one of his favorite producers and made a reggae infused appearance on Pete Rock's album NY's Finest on the track "Ready fi War" along with Rene from Zhane, and also appeared on the song "Gunshot" from Nicolay and Kay's Time:Line. 2009 has been a busy year for the CEO/MC he appeared on royce da 59's new album titled "street hop" on a song called BAD BOY under the moniker jungle rock jr and also appeared on Apathys wanna snuggle album. This year he also did a song with Sadat x from brand nubian for the zulu nation anniversary in belgium and was to receive a best lyricist and pioneer award from the pennsylvania chapter. In 09 he has made tons of new guest appearances on other albums. As this year winds down we find chip fu putting the finishing touches on his "war paint" EP series preparing for a 2010 leading up to his highly anticipated solo album.

Discography

Albums

(Note: "Greatest Hits" included 4 previously unreleased songs: "Cray-Z", "Original Rude Boy", "Voice of the Ghetto" and "Bring it Back")

Singles

  • "Ring the Alarm" (1991)
  • "La Schmoove" (1992)
  • "True Fu-Schnick" (1992)
  • "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)" (1993)
  • "Breakdown" (1994)
  • "Sum Dum Munkey" (1995)

References

External links


Fu-Schnickens
Origin East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Genres Hip hop
Instruments rapping
Years active 1991 - 1996
Labels Jive Records
Associated acts A Tribe Called Quest, Shaquille O'Neal
Members
Roderick Roachford (a.k.a. Chip Fu)
Joseph A. Jones (a.k.a. Moc Fu)
Lennox Maturine (a.k.a. Poc Fu)

Fu-Schnickens was an American hip-hop trio. Similar to Das EFX for their cartoonish lyrics and near-constant allusions to pop culture staples, they were the first Hip Hop artists to rap in backwards fashion.[1] The Fu-Schnickens' popularity was brief but significant in hip hop history. Their best known track is 1993's "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)," featuring basketball star Shaquille O'Neal.

Contents

History

Career

The Fu-Schnickens comprised Chip Fu (Roderick Roachford), Moc Fu (Joe Jones), and Poc Fu (Lennox Maturine). "Fu" stood for "For Unity" and "Schnicken" was a made-up word which meant "coalition".[1] The three friends from East Flatbush, Brooklyn first gained attention after performing at a rap event at Howard University, after which they were signed by Jive Records.[1] The group's debut single, "Ring the Alarm," hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart in 1992,[2], which sparking anticipation for the group's debut album F.U. Don't Take It Personal and also inadvertently immortalized and ignited a new-found popularity for the original "Ring The Alarm", the signature tune of Reggae/Dancehall singjay Tenor Saw from 1985, which they sampled to create their track of the same name. Furthermore, with the hit singles, "La Schmoove" (featuring Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest) and "True Fu-Schnick", the album reached the Top 20 in the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart [1][2] and was certified gold by the RIAA.

In 1993, the Fu-Schnickens began work on their second album. They recorded a fast-paced song called "What's Up Doc?" which featured a sample of Bugs Bunny saying his famous catchphrase. But they could not get sample clearance from Warner Bros so they shelved the song. Meanwhile, the then-rookie NBA star Shaquille O'Neal was a media sensation. In many interviews, he talked about his love of hip-hop music and stated that the Fu-Schnickens were his favorite rap group. This prompted the group to contact O'Neal for a collaboration. O'Neal recorded a verse that was added on to the already-recorded "What's Up Doc?" with the group and O'Neal saying "What's up, doc?" to replace the Bugs Bunny sample. Although, the group had not yet completed work on their album, the song was quickly released as a single to capitalize on O'Neal's popularity. The single was a Top 40 hit in the summer of 1993,[2] briefly propelling the group into the mainstream.[1] The group's second album, Nervous Breakdown, did not arrive until 1994, by which time the rap landscape had dramatically changed, and there was no longer an audience for their unique style.

The Fu took part in a huge performance on the finale of The Arsenio Hall Show, alongside the likes of KRS-One, the Wu-Tang Clan, Naughty By Nature, MC Lyte, Guru, Mad Lion, Yo-Yo, Das EFX, CL Smooth & A Tribe Called Quest.

The Fu-Schnickens are also notable for their many references to martial arts films and Asian culture before the Wu-Tang Clan,[1] who eventually helped make such references popular in hip-hop music.

Post-Career

Chip Fu recorded a track produced by Oh No of Stones Throw Records in 2005, and he makes an appearance on the 2005 debut album by Ali Shaheed Muhammad. In February 2007, Chip Fu was one of those requested by Nas to appear on the '90s remix to "Where Are They Now?", a track where Nas laments the absence of the skilled rappers he had enjoyed in the early days of hip-hop. The remixes brought together almost all the rappers Nas mentioned, allowing them to prove their skills were still intact in 2007 and make a renewed impression on hip-hop fans. Chip Fu delivered a fast, playful verse with audible relish[citation needed]. In 2007, Chip fu also released an instant underground classic called "Love Mi Sensi" based on the collie buds "Come Around Track" the track took off and has received 112,395 views on youtube. Chip fu understood that a lot of people are waiting for his debut solo album so he released STOP PLAYING THE MIXTAPE for people to download for free through his own production company (www.chipfu.com/stopplaying), Blaq Ink Entertainment.Chip fu finally collabed with one of his favorite producers and made a reggae infused appearance on Pete Rock's album NY's Finest on the track "Ready fi War" along with Rene from Zhane, and also appeared on the song "Gunshot" from Nicolay and Kay's Time:Line. 2009 has been a busy year for the CEO/MC he appeared on royce da 59's new album titled "street hop" on a song called BAD BOY under the moniker jungle rock jr and also appeared on Apathys wanna snuggle album. This year he also did a song with Sadat x from brand nubian for the zulu nation anniversary in belgium and was to receive a best lyricist and pioneer award from the pennsylvania chapter. In 09 he has made tons of new guest appearances on other albums. As this year winds down we find chip fu putting the finishing touches on his "war paint" EP series preparing for a 2010 leading up to his highly anticipated solo album.

Discography

Albums

(Note: "Greatest Hits" included 4 previously unreleased songs: "Cray-Z", "Original Rude Boy", "Voice of the Ghetto" and "Bring it Back")

Singles

  • "Ring the Alarm" (1991)
  • "La Schmoove" (1992)
  • "True Fu-Schnick" (1992)
  • "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)" (1993)
  • "Breakdown" (1994)
  • "Sum Dum Munkey" (1995)

References

External links


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