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Full Force rose to prominence in the mid-’80s, writing and producing popular R&B hits for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam before embarking on a moderately successful solo career that ultimately led them back to production work in the late ’90s. The six-man collective — featuring Paul Anthony, Bowlegged Lou, B-Fine, Baby Gerry, Shy Shy, and Curt-t-t — originated in Brooklyn, NY, where they originally met up with Steve Salem in the late ’70s, a business-savvy individual who functioned as their manager. With a manager in place and plenty of talent between the various group members, Full Force struggled throughout the early ’80s to find a label willing to sign them. Eventually they got a break when they wrote and produced fellow Brooklyn group U.T.F.O.’s “Roxanne Roxanne,” a rap song that would attain a certain level of fame thanks to a series of answer records. In early 1985, the single peaked at number ten on Billboard’s R&B charts, proving a substantial hit for both the rap group and the production team. From there, Full Force moved onto their next major success with Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, a dance-pop group led by a 16-year-old singer named Lisa Velez. Originally Velez had auditioned for the production team, who then went ahead and recorded “I Wonder if I Take You Home” with her, releasing the single under the moniker Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force on an indie New York label, Personal.


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  • Artemidoro


    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • JNez

    love these guys! they are the original new jack swing architects! unsung's episode on them recently was excellent.

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Johnbrutal138

    hahahah what a pic [2]

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Spoogeet

    yeah shy shy!

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Derby-girl

    FULL FORCE are an amazing master legend vocalize group with "loads" of music talents: they wrote outstanding masterpieces for Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam, Backstreet Boys, Jasmine Guy & Soulful legend Cheryl Pepsi Riley to name a few music artists. I'm surprise their's not a nice treasure collection song list of their 's to listern to. I really like their Soulful Classic's like: "It Was All In My Mind" FULL FORCE totally owned that song/beautiful harmonizing in that song & "All Cried Out" amongst others the most.

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • FCA19795

    Ain't My Type Hype! Go Go!

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • a25dj


    30 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Uralmash-boy

    hahahah what a pic )))))

    15 Nov 2008 Reply
  • JNez

    figures full force wouldn't get respect on lastfm. man if people only studied music history. this is early hip hop/r&b people. everything that came in its wake completely changed popular music. props to full force!!!

    20 Jul 2008 Reply
  • roxiehart

    what's with the picture?

    28 May 2008 Reply
  • Psycho_snacky

    Full Force get busy 1 time! Thanks Tara-chan (for all those unusual 12' mixes!)

    28 Jan 2008 Reply

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