City High

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City High
Origin Willingboro, New Jersey, United States
Genres R&B
Hip hop
Years active 1999–2003
Labels Interscope Records, Trackmasters Entertainment
Past members Ryan Toby
Robbie Pardlo
Claudette Ortiz

City High was an American R&B/hip hop trio consisting of rappers/singers Ryan Toby, Robbie Pardlo and Claudette Ortiz. City High is best known for their song, "What Would You Do?", which earned a Grammy nomination.[1]

Career[edit]

City High issued "What Would You Do?" from their 2001 self-titled album. Their follow-up single was "Caramel". A remix was released, featuring rapper Eve.[2] The final single from the group's debut and only album was "City High Anthem".

Throughout high school, Ortiz dated future City High bandmate Robby Pardlo.[3] After meeting and performing for Wyclef Jean, they were signed to his Booga Basement recording label. As Wooga Booga already had a duo, they asked Ryan Toby to join and became a trio, which completed the City High trio.[3] After breaking up with Pardlo, Ortiz went into a relationship and later married former bandmate Toby in 2004. They later divorced in 2007.[4][5]

In early 2002, City High shot several mini music video commercials for MTV, based on their own songs promoting the eleventh season of The Real World. The band also appeared in a series of mini commercials promoting 2002's The Real World: Chicago, before disbanding in 2003.

Pardlo appeared as the subject of an eighth season episode of the A&E television series, Intervention, in 2010 as an alcoholic. The show led to Pardlo working a program of recovery. He is still working in the music industry.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
2001 City High 34 23

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap CAN UK[7]
2001 "What Would You Do?" 8 13 1 19 3 City High
"Caramel"
(featuring Eve)
18 9 9
2002 "City High Anthem"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard.com
  2. ^ MTV's City High artist page
  3. ^ a b Dimewars.com
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Ryan Toby Interview". Randb.about.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  6. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 107. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.