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Origin Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.,
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Genres R&B, hip hop, new jack swing, funk
Years active 1992–1995; 2009-present
Labels Perspective
Members Lance "L.A." Alexander
Andre "Dre" Shepard
Darron "D" Story
Tony "Prof-T" Tolbert
Tyrone "T-Bone" Yarbrough

Lo-Key? is an American funk/R&B band that formed in Kansas City, Missouri and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their single, "I Got A Thang 4 Ya!" (1993), reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, and No. 27 on the Hot 100.


Lo-Key? formed in Kansas City, Missouri and Minneapolis, Minnesota, consisting of singer/trumpeter Darron "D" Story, singer/multi-instrumentalist Andre "Dre" Shepard, bassist Tyrone "T-Bone" Yarbrough, producer/keyboardist Lance Alexander, and rapper/singer Tony "Prof-T" Tolbert. The group honed their skills around the Minneapolis club circuit, where Alexander and Tolbert became in-house producers for Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis' Flyte Tyme Productions. The group signed to Jam & Lewis' record label, Perspective Records, and released their debut album, Where Dey At?, on October 6, 1992. They had a hit with the single "I Got A Thang 4 Ya!" in 1992, which spent a week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, and reached No. 27 on the Hot 100.[1] Arthur Jafa, director of photography for the independent film Daughters of the Dust (1991), directed the video for the single.[2]

Alexander and Tolbert also were hitmaking songwriters and producers in their own right. Among the hit songs they've produced for other artists were "Butta Love" by the group Next, "Love Makes No Sense" for Alexander O'Neal, "I Wish" for Shanice and "Strawberries" for Smooth. Tolbert continued to work with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, appearing as a songwriter and background vocalist on albums by Earth, Wind & Fire, Janet Jackson and Usher.




  • "Kansas City" (1992)
  • "I Got a Thang 4 Ya!" (No. 27 Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 US R&B Singles, 1992)[4]
  • "Hey There Pretty Lady" (No. 56 US R&B Singles, 1993)[4]
  • "Sweet on U" (No. 91 Billboard Hot 100, No. 13 US R&B Singles, 1993)[4]


  1. ^ Rice, Glenn E. (October 22, 1996) "A rising star finds his true voice". The Kansas City Star. p. 4.
  2. ^ McAdams, Janine (October 17, 1992). "Lo-Key? Well, Not really... Hi-Energy Quintet's Time Has Come". Billboard.
  3. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ a b c Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com