The Conscious Daughters

The Conscious Daughters (TCD) were an American female hip hop duo from the Bay Area, California, United States, consisting of Carla "CMG" Green and Karryl "Special One" Smith.[1] The duo signed in 1993 to Paris's record label, Scarface Records, after passing him a demo tape at a club.[1] They released their first studio album, Ear to the Street.[2]

The Conscious Daughters
OriginEast Oakland, California, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1985–2001, 2007–2011
LabelsScarface Records/Priority, Guerilla Funk Records/EMI Llerrad Music Group
Past membersCarla "CMG" Green
Karryl "Special One" Smith

The single and video release of their 1994 single, "Somethin' to Ride To (Fonky Expedition)", helped TCD gain national recognition. Soon after, they were signed by Priority/EMI Records and released their second album, Gamers. Many collaborations, projects and television appearances followed, most notably Rap City, MTV Jams, and Soul Train.[3]

In 2007, Nas released the track "Where Are They Now (West Coast Remix)" which featured Breeze, Kam, King Tee, Candyman, Threat, Ice-T, Sir Mix-A-Lot and TCD.[4]

Their third album, The Nutcracker Suite,[5] was released on Guerilla Funk Records on February 10, 2009. In 2010, TCD severed their relationship with Guerrilla Funk Records, and in 2011 they signed a distribution deal with Phaseone/Sony.[citation needed]

On December 10, 2011, Smith was found dead at her home. Initially, the cause of death was unknown, but it was eventually determined to be from complications associated with blood clots that reached her lungs.[3][6][7][8]


Studio albumsEdit

Solo projectsEdit

  • CMG - The Jane of All Trades (2011)


  • "Somethin' to Ride To (Fonky Expedition)" (1993)
  • "We Roll Deep" (1993)
  • "Sticky Situation" (1993)
  • "Gamers" (1996)


  1. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 61. ISBN 0-7535-0252-6.
  2. ^ Swan, Rachel (15 September 2004). "Crackin' Nutz". East Bay Express.
  3. ^ a b "Conscious Daughter: Rap legend served 'special' purpose". December 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Where Are They Now (West Coast Remix) ft. Breeze, King Tee, Candyman (MP3)".
  5. ^ "Victory lap".
  6. ^ "Memorial Fund Created For Late Conscious Daughters Member Special One".
  7. ^ Swan, Rachel (12 December 2011). "Rest in Peace, Special One". East Bay Express.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2012-01-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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