Power 105 played Can’t Knock The Hustle last night and although, I have this song on vinyl, CD and MP3, hearing it on the radio sounded so nostagically good. Then I realized that Reasonable Doubt turns 25 this Saturday. Let’s take a look at Jay-Z when he was a regular rapper with a ridiculous flow, pre Blueprint(s), Basketball and Beyonce.
ABC consists of Romell “RoRo” Chapman, Chris Sellers, David Shelton and brothers Demetrius and Marliss (“Red” and “Mark”, respectively) Pugh, as well as “unofficial” member Adrian “G.A.” (General Austin) Witcher. They were discovered by Michael Bivins. ABC’s debut album Coolin’ at the Playground Ya Know! was released on February 11, 1991. The album’s two biggest singles were the first and second singles: “Iesha” and “Playground”, respectively, which reached the top ten on both the R&B and pop charts (the latter was also the group’s only showing so far on the Dance chart). A cover of New Edition’s song “Jealous Girl” followed, as well as the singles “Spydermann” and “My World”. The album reached #7 on the Billboard 200 and eventually went platinum.
During this time, Mark and Dave appeared among other children (including Macaulay Culkin) in a scene from Michael Jackson’s video for “Black or White”. Also during this time, all the members of ABC  made their only movie appearance to date, as characters in The Meteor Man (which also featured appearances from various other musicians). They all dyed their hair blonde for the movie, a style they also showcased in the video for the East Coast Family’s only collective song, “1-4-All-4-1”.
ABC’s second album It Ain’t What U Wear, It’s How U Play It was released on September 21, 1993. Neither the album nor any of its singles charted on any Billboard chart. Shortly after, they broke up.