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Tha' Rayne
Origin United States
Genres Contemporary R&B
Years active 2000-2005
Labels Divine Mill/Arista
Former members
Shaquana Elam
Yummy Bingham
Hadiya Nelson
Tina Jenkins
Michelle Colon
Qiana Drew

Tha' Rayne was an American R&B singing girl group that was formed in 2000 and disbanded in mid-2005. Tha' Rayne was a trio composed of two singing members and a DJ. The original members of the group were Yummy Bingham and Shaquana "Quana" Elam, who shared lead vocals on all of the group's recordings.

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Biography

The group was founded in 2000 by producer KayGee from Naughty by Nature, who recruited Yummy Bingham, Quana and Tina-J. Each was looking for a solo deal and then discovered it would be for a girl group. The fact that Tha' Rayne was made of solo vocalists determined the fact that there was never any lead singer in Tha' Rayne.

The only recording where the three original members appeared together was Jaheim's "Finders Keepers", singing background vocals. After Tina-J left the group, Tha' Rayne remained a duet for more than a year. In April 2001, Tha' Rayne was signed by Arista Records's CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid. They released Rock wit Me in April 2002, followed in July by "No L.O.V.E.". While preparing their debut album, originally expected for an October 2002 release, Tha' Rayne collaborated with artists such as Boyz II Men, Jaheim, Queen Latifah, and Next.

In August 2002, after meeting Michelle "DJ Myche Luv" Colon, a young female DJ, Kay Gee decided to create an R&B version of Salt-N-Pepa.

In Fall 2002, Tha' Rayne appeared on Jaheim's hit single "Fabulous".

In January 2003, the group went through a change of the line-up with the departure of DJ Myche Luv, who was replaced on January 27, 2003 by Qiana "DJ Qi" Drew. Soon after, Tha' Rayne released "Didn't You Know" (featuring Joe Budden and Lupe Fiasco), their first single to chart, reaching number 75 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was produced by Rich Harrison but didn't get the buzz expected by the label, so their debut album Reign Supreme was delayed.[1]

When Arista merged into Sony BMG in early 2004 and Antonio "L.A." Reid was fired, many of his artists were dropped, including Tha' Rayne. The group decided to split, with each member going solo, but KayGee convinced Quana to reform the group with DJ Myche Luv and a new member named Hadiya Nelson aka Deeyah. This new version of the group recorded a demo but disbanded a year later in August 2005.

Discography

Singles

Year Single Chart positions
US US R&B UK
2003 "Didn't You Know"
  • 12" Single (US) : July 15, 2003
  • Digital Download (US) : June 2, 2003
  • Radio Impact (US) : August 4, 2003
  • Digital Download W/remix (US) : Oct. 13, 2003
  • 12" Single W/remix (US) : Oct. 13, 2003
  • CD Single W/remix (US) : Oct. 14, 2003
75[2]
2002 "Kiss Me" feat. Lupe Fiasco
  • 12" Promo Single (US) : December 9, 2002
2002 "Fabulous" Jaheim featuring Tha' Rayne

Album: Jaheim's Still Ghetto

  • Digital Download (US) : September 2002
  • Radio Impact (US) : October 2002
  • 12" Single (UK) : February 24, 2003
  • CD Single (UK) : February 24, 2003
28
7
41
2002 "No L.O.V.E."
  • 12" Single (US) : July 9, 2002
2002 "Rock wit Me"
  • 12" Single (US) : April 23, 2002

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