Founded by New York producer Marley Marl and late radio personality DJ Mr. Magic in Queens, the Juice Crew featured some of the most influential MC’s of Hip-Hop’s “Golden Age” of the 1980s.
Long before the mega-crews like Native Tongue, Wu-Tang Clan and Boot Camp Click dominated the landscape, the Juice Crew was one of the first Hip-Hop collectives to burst onto the national scene.
MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap (together with DJ Polo), Roxanne Shante, Biz Markie, Craig G, Tragedy Khadafi (formerly The Intelligent Hoodlum), crooner TJ Swan and Masta Ace were all under the production tutelage of Marley Marl. The entire collective were signed to Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros. Records, with Kane becoming the largest commercial success of them all. Kool G Rap and DJ Polo were met with critical acclaim over their four albums on the label. Shan and Shante were the early stars, with the Biz maintaining his own burgeoning following.
Disbanding in 1991 after an eight-year run, the Juice Crew acts would find themselves attempting to find fame without the crutch of the group to rely on. Some members enjoy steady, if not highly visible, careers to this day. Other members have since fallen from the limelight.
Hip-Hop Wired takes a look at where are the members of the legendary Juice Crew now.
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