Friday, April 12, 2019

LA Dream Team

The L.A. Dream Team was a hip hop group based in Los Angeles, California, active 1985-1989, 1993, and 1996. The group was founded by Chris "Snake Puppy" Wilson and Rudy Pardee in 1985. They are known for being one of the early hip hop acts on the West Coast and one of the pioneers of the West Coast hip hop scene.

The group was formed in the early 1980s by Rudy Pardee and Chris "Snake Puppy" Wilson. The duo formed their own Dream Team Records label, going on to release their own records and also releases by other California rap artists. Some of the group's best known early releases are "The Dream Team Is in the House", "Nursery Rhymes" and "Rockberry Jam". The group expanded later with Lisa Love, The Real Richie Rich and Big Burt. In 1986, the group signed with MCA Records who released their albums, Kings Of The West Coast (1985) and Bad To The Bone (1986). In 1986, Lisa "Miss Rockberry" Love died in an auto accident. The group replaced Love with two female artists: Robin Williams (The Robin) and Tanisha Hill (known as Tish Jones). The newly formed lineup recorded the 1989 album, Back to Black, also released by MCA Records.

By 1986, as electro music began to receive more mainstream coverage, the group's popularity began to wane. Their popularity was further diminished by the rise of West Coast gangsta rap in the early 1990s. LA Dream Team briefly resurfaced in 1993 under the name DTP (Dream Team Posse), issuing a few new singles, including "Rockberry Revisited", an updated version of "Rockberry Jam". Chris Wilson went on to a career in video and music production. Pardee worked in computing, working for Universal as a business services analyst, and later a project manager. Pardee later formed the group, Family Dream, featuring former Dream Team members Big Burt, Tanisha Hill and The Robin. The group was signed to Motown Records. Rudy Pardee died in a scuba-diving accident in 1998




Albums

Kings of the West Coast (LP) (1985) MCA
Bad to the Bone (LP) (1986) MCA
Back to Black (LP) (1989) MCA

Singles

"Calling on the Dream Team" (12") (1985) Dream Team
"Rockberry Jam" (12") (1985) Dream Team
"The Dream Team Is in the House" (12") (1985) Dream Team
"And the Orchestra Plays" (12") (1986) MCA
"Hollywood Boulevard" / "You're Just Too Young" (12") (1986) MCA
"Nursery Rhymes" (12") (1986) MCA
"The Dream Team Is in the House" (12") (1986) MCA
"Citizens on Patrol" / "Hollywood Boulevard" (12") (1987) MCA
"Rudy and Snake" (12") (1987) MCA
"Pitchin a Fit" (12") (1988) MCA
"She Only Rock and Rolls" / "Stop To Start" (12") (1988) MCA
"Doin' the Nasty" (12") (1989) MCA
"You're Slippin" (12") (1989) MCA
"The Bounce" (12") (1991) Dream Team
"100 Proof (To the Zoom)" (12"), (cassette), (compact disc) (Excello Records) (1993)
"Rockberry Revisited" (1993)


Videos


Dream Team in the House




Nursery Rhymes 



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