|Origin||East Flatbush, Brooklyn|
|Associated acts||A Tribe Called Quest, Shaquille O'Neal|
|Members||Roderick Roachford (a.k.a. Chip Fu)
Joseph A. Jones (a.k.a. Moc Fu)
Lennox Maturine (a.k.a. Poc Fu)
Fu-Schnickens was an American hip-hop trio. Similar to Das EFX for their cartoonish lyrics and near-constant allusions to pop culture staples, they were the first Hip Hop artists to rap in backwards fashion. The Fu-Schnickens' popularity was brief but significant in hip hop history. Their best known track is 1993's "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)," featuring basketball star Shaquille O'Neal.
Fu-Schnickens was composed of Chip Fu (Roderick Roachford), Moc Fu (Joe Jones), and Poc Fu (Lennox Maturine). "Fu" stood for "For Unity" and "Schnicken" was a made-up word which meant "coalition". The three friends from East Flatbush, Brooklyn first gained attention after performing at a rap event at Howard University, after which they were signed by Jive Records. The group's debut single, "Ring the Alarm," hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart in 1992, which sparking anticipation for the group's debut album F.U. Don't Take It Personal and also inadvertently immortalized and ignited a new-found popularity for the original "Ring The Alarm", the signature tune of Reggae/Dancehall singjay Tenor Saw from 1985, which they sampled to create their track of the same name. Furthermore, with the hit singles, "La Schmoove" (featuring Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest) and "True Fu-Schnick", the album reached the Top 20 in the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart  and was certified gold by the RIAA.
In 1993, the Fu-Schnickens began work on their second album. They recorded a fast-paced song called "What's Up Doc?" which featured a sample of Bugs Bunny saying his famous catchphrase. But they could not get sample clearance from Warner Bros so they shelved the song. Meanwhile, the then-rookie NBA star Shaquille O'Neal was a media sensation. In many interviews, he talked about his love of hip-hop music and stated that the Fu-Schnickens were his favorite rap group. This prompted the group to contact O'Neal for a collaboration. O'Neal recorded a verse that was added on to the already-recorded "What's Up Doc?" with the group and O'Neal saying "What's up, doc?" to replace the Bugs Bunny sample. Although the group had not yet completed work on their album, the song was quickly released as a single to capitalize on O'Neal's popularity. The single was a Top 40 hit in the summer of 1993, briefly propelling the group into the mainstream. The group's second album, Nervous Breakdown, did not arrive until 1994, by which time the rap landscape had dramatically changed, and there was no longer an audience for their style.
The Fu took part in a huge performance on the finale of The Arsenio Hall Show, alongside the likes of KRS-One, the Wu-Tang Clan, Naughty By Nature, MC Lyte, Guru, Mad Lion, Yo-Yo, Das EFX, CL Smooth and A Tribe Called Quest.
Chip-Fu is currently working on a solo album rumored to feature Dwight Howard.
(Note: "Greatest Hits" included 4 previously unreleased songs: "Cray-Z", "Original Rude Boy", "Voice of the Ghetto" and "Bring it Back")
- "Ring the Alarm" (1991)
- "La Schmoove" (1992)
- "True Fuschnick" (1992)
- "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)" (1993)
- "Breakdown" (1994)
- "Sum Dum Munkey" (1995)
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