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Sporty Thievz


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Sporty Thievz was a hip-hop group, originally a trio, comprised of King Kirk (a.k.a. Thieven Stealberg), Big Dubez (a.k.a. Safecracker) and Marlon Brando (a.k.a. Robin Hood). They are notable for their parody of TLC’s hit “No Scrubs” and for their song “Hit It Up” on the soundtrack to The Best Man, and also satirically providing a male counterpoint to the female-oriented R’n’B music popularised in the late 1990s and early 2000s, something that was not done by any other group at the time. They are best known for their rebuttal to TLC’s hit “No Scrubs,” entitled “No Pigeons”, which attempted to tell things from the male perspective.

In 1998, their album “Street Cinema” was released on Roc-A-Bloc/Ruffhouse records. The majority of the production was handled by Ski, famous for his work on Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt. It was critically-acclaimed but was not well-received commercially. It had a unique concept in which every track had its own storyline that was a good premise for a movie.

They did not get much airplay until the single “No Pigeons” was released, which hit #21 in the UK and stayed on the charts for six weeks. Street Cinema was re-released with “No Pigeons” appearing as a bonus track.

In an attempt to capitalize, Sporty Thievz also released a rebuttals to Destiny’s Child’s hits “Bills, Bills, Bills” (written by the same songwriter as “No Scrubs”, Kandi Burruss) and “Independent Women”. The rebuttal to Bills, Bills, Bills, is entitled “No Billz (Why, Why, Why?)” (a.k.a. No Bills, Bills, Bills), in which the group humorously question “Why we gotta spend, because we men?”.


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