The Sequence was an American female hip–hop trio from Columbia, South Carolina, who formed in 1979. The Sequence is noted as the first female hip hop trio signed to the Sugar Hill Records label in the late–1970s and early–1980s. The group consisted of Cheryl Cook, known as "Cheryl The Pearl", Gwendolyn Chisolm, known as "Blondy", and lead singer and rapper Angie Stone, known as Angie B, who were all high school friends.[1]

The Sequence
OriginColumbia, South Carolina, US
Years active1979–1985
LabelsSugar Hill
Past members

Background Edit

The trio was noticed when they bum rushed a performance by the Sugarhill Gang and sang for them and Sylvia Robinson backstage.[2] Their most notable single was "Funk You Up" (1979), which was the first rap record released by a female group and the second single released by Sugar Hill Records.[3]

Elements of "Funk You Up" were later used by Dr. Dre for his 1995 single "Keep Their Heads Ringin'".[4] The group backed Spoonie Gee on the single "Monster Jam" (1980).[3] Their single "Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off)" (1981) was a remake of the single "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" (1976) by Parliament. The groups other charting single was "I Don't Need Your Love (Part One)" (1982). Angie Stone subsequently became a member of Vertical Hold and later a solo artist.

In September 2011, without Angie Stone, Cheryl Cook and Gwendolyn Chisolm released a single entitled "On Our Way to the Movies". "On Our Way to the Movies" contains a sample of The Staple Singers' song "Let's Do It Again". In December 2017, the group, represented by attorney Antavius Weems, filed a Federal Copyright Infringement claim against Bruno Mars, claiming that his hit song "Uptown Funk" makes use of their 1970s hit "Funk You Up".

Discography Edit

Albums Edit

  • Sugarhill Presents the Sequence (1980), Sugar Hill
  • The Sequence (1982), Sugar Hill – No. 51 Black Albums
  • The Sequence Party (1983), Sugar Hill

Compilations Edit

  • Funky Sound (1995), P-Vine
  • The Best of the Sequence (1996), Deep Beats
  • Monster Jam: Back to Old School, Vol. 2 (2000), Sequel

Singles Edit

  • "Funk You Up" (1979), Sugar Hill – No. 15 Black Singles
  • "Monster Jam" (1980), Sugar Hill – with Spoonie Gee
  • "And You Know That" (1980), Sugar Hill
  • "Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off)" (1981), Sugar Hill – No. 39 Black Singles
  • "Simon Says" (1982), Sugar Hill
  • "I Don't Need Your Love (Part One)" (1982), Sugar Hill – No. 40 Black Singles
  • "Here Comes the Bride" (1982), Sugar Hill
  • "I Just Want to Know" (1983), Sugar Hill
  • "Funk You Up '85" (1984), Sugar Hill
  • "Control" (1985), Sugar Hill
  • "Love Changes" (1982), Sugar Hill
  • "On Our Way to the Movies" (2011), Distrophonix

References Edit

  1. ^ Hogan, Ed. "The Sequence". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Piskor, Ed (2013). Hip Hop Family Tree. Fantagraphics. ISBN 978-1606996904.
  3. ^ a b Greenberg, Steve; Light, Alan [ed.] (1999). The VIBE History of Hip Hop. Three Rivers Press. p. 28. ISBN 0-609-80503-7
  4. ^ Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists: Book of Rap Lists. 1999. Macmillan. p. 30. ISBN 0-312-24298-0