Buckwheat Boyz

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Buckwheat Boyz
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Baltimore club
Years active 1997 - 2001
Labels Koch Records
Past members Marcus Bowens, Jermain Fuller, J.J. O'Neal, Dougy Williams

The Buckwheat Boyz was a musical group founded by Marcus Bowens and Jermain Fuller, later adding keyboardist J.J. O'Neal and drummer Dougy Williams and finally adding Randall Frye to the group. The Buckwheat Boyz were signed by Koch Records, and recorded their first and only full-length record. From this self-titled album, the song "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" became an Internet superhit after a flash music video featuring an animated dancing banana was created.[1] The song was also used in a music video featuring a dancing stormtrooper. The popularity of the song increased as it was featured on television shows such as The Proud Family, Family Guy, and Regular Show.

Disbandment[edit]

In 2002, founding member and vocalist Jermain Fuller died during a 11 hour police standoff. During the standoff his brother-in-law, Snoop Dogg attempted to calm Jermain down and get him to surrender. Fuller's death directly lead to the disbandment of the group. [2]

"Ice Cream and Cake" song[edit]

Their song "Ice Cream and Cake" rapidly rose in popularity after being featured in a 2009 Baskin-Robbins marketing campaign, which included a television commercial and an Ice Cream and Cake Dance Video Contest.[3] In August 2009, Baskin-Robbins kicked off the contest by hosting the Guinness World Records Largest Cheerleading Dance event with Mario Lopez of Extra TV and 225 members of the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), at the University of California Los Angeles.[4] However, as of August 2011, the Guinness World Records archive states that the record for largest cheerleading dance was set in November 2009 by 297 participants at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. It is not known whether this event was related to the Baskin-Robbins contest.[5]

Old Dominion University is known for playing "Ice Cream and Cake" at home basketball games at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, and enjoys active crowd dance participation.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peanut Butter Jelly Time". peanutbutterjellytime.net. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rapper made plea during standoff". Las Vegas Sun. 14 August 2002. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Baskin-Robbins - The Latest Scoop". Baskin-Robbins. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "BASKIN-ROBBINS "ICE CREAM AND CAKE" DANCES ITS WAY TO WORLD RECORD" (PDF). Baskin-Robbins. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Guinness World Records - Largest cheerleading dance". 7 November 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  6. ^ ODU Students Rev up Excitement for Big Basketball Weekend, February 13, 2009