Oaktown's 3.5.7

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Oaktown's 3.5.7.
GenresHip hop
LabelsCapitol Records; Bust It Records
Associated actsMC Hammer
Past membersPhyllis Charles, Tabatha King and Djuana J. Johnican[1]
 
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Oaktown's 3.5.7.
GenresHip hop
LabelsCapitol Records; Bust It Records
Associated actsMC Hammer
Past membersPhyllis Charles, Tabatha King and Djuana J. Johnican[1]

Oaktown's 3.5.7 were a female rap group formed by MC Hammer in 1989. They enjoyed success in the late 80s and early 90s. The ladies were well received by audiences due to the familiarity of them being Hammer's former dancers. Their most famous songs are "Juicy Gotcha Krazy", 'We Like It (Git Loose), and "Turn It Up".

Members[edit]

The core members of the group were Phyllis Charles (Lil' P), Tabatha King (Terrible T) and Djuana J. Johnican (Sweet L.D.). They began their career in the music and entertainment industry as background dancers in "Hammer's posse". While performing with MC Hammer on stage, Lil' P, Terrible T, and Sweet L.D., along with Ace, gave an exciting show. The ladies were also featured in his music video for "Pump It Up" "Let's Get It Started" and "Turn This Mutha Out".

Their performances as dancers and their creative side as lyricists drew Hammer's interest, around the time when he was searching for a female singing group to create. After hearing Lil' P rapping on the microphone, rehearsing for a dancing show, Hammer decided to present the idea to all the ladies about becoming vocal performers. Shortly after this suggestion, Oaktown's 3.5.7 was formed.

Etymology[edit]

The name Oaktown is a nickname for Oakland, California and .357 Magnum was chosen to represent their powerful dance moves.

Late 1980s[edit]

Oaktown's 3.5.7 Wild and Loose was their first album, released in 1989. Soon after the release of the first album, Phyllis Charles "Lil' P" left the group. Djuana J. Johnican aka "Sweet L.D." and Tabatha King aka "Terrible T" stayed, feeling they were more than capable of being successful Female Hip Hop artists in a male dominated industry.

Early 1990s[edit]

Oaktown's 357's second release in 1991, Fully Loaded included more material written and co-written by Djuana J. Johnican, Tabatha King and Treasure Shields Redmond.

Later Work[edit]

Terrible T and Sweet L.D., along with M.C. Hammer were members of the West Coast Rap All-Stars who sang on the Grammy-nominated single "We're All in the Same Gang." [2]

Disbandment[edit]

Due to internal conflict between the management and record company representing Oaktown's 3.5.7, this group was unable to receive the consistent support they needed to be a successful act. The group was released from their management and recording contract in 1992.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart
positions
Album
NZ
1988"Juicy Gotcha Krazy"Wild & Loose
1989"3-5-7 Straight At You"
1989"Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
1990"We Like It"
1991"Turn it Up"14Fully Loaded
1991"It's Not Your Money"40
1991"Honey"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

References[edit]

Suhayla Sabir aka Djuana Johnican "Sweet L.D."

  1. ^ Evri Info
  2. ^ Harrington, Richard (June 20, 1990). On the Beat: Rap Single Takes On L.A. Gangs. The Washington Post