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Lo-Key was a group founded by Lance Alexander and Tony “Prof T” Tolbert, staff writers signed to Flyte Time Productions, respectively. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Lance and Prof T were in a band called ‘Grand Jury’ before moving to Minneapolis. During a seminar that was attended by Jimmy ‘Jam’ Harris, the duo was able to get their demo to the producer, which led to a songwriting deal.

Affectionately known as the “B-team,” Lance & Tony went on to pen songs for Alexander O’Neal, New Edition, and other artists that came to Flyte Tyme looking for songs. After solidifying their place in the studio as up & coming producers and songwriters, the ambitious pair put together the Lo-Key project. The first album “Where Dey At?” was named after a dig at a Jamaican studio owner who signed Lance to a ‘slave’ contract before his Flyte Tyme deal and owed him money and kept his Masters. Although amongst music circles the group was lauded, Lo-Key never reached Platinum or Gold status, due to corporate restructuring and political maneuvering at A&M records. Performances were kept at a minimum, due to the grooming of Lance & Tony as producers. After the sale of the Perspective imprint, Tony became A&R for a while at the new Flyte Tyme Records, and Lance went on to form his own label, “Baby Honey Records”, with music promoter B-Rich, which is based out of Atlanta, as well as the Baby Honey Recording studio. The only group signed to Baby Honey Records was V.I.P., a trio vocal group from Minneapolis. The rest of Lo-Key disbanded.

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  • Kym-B

    Back 2 Da Howse is a fantastic, well-rounded album with a large selection of heavy cuts. Deserved more success for sure.

    2 May 2010 Reply
  • discotequedude

    I agree. They should have done a few more albums because they were/are very good singers.

    20 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Eyeslam

    This was one of my FAVORITE groups from the 90's. I was fortunate to see them live in 95, and BOTH albums are great from start to finish. I wish they had done more.

    20 Feb 2008 Reply

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