MC Tee

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MC Tee
Birth name Touré Embden
Also known as MC Tee
Crime Master Tee
Tee-Ski
Born 1966
Origin Haiti
Genres Old school hip hop
Electro funk
Instruments Microphone
Years active 1984–1988
Labels Sleeping Bag Records
Capitol/EMI Records
Associated acts Mantronix

Touré Embden (born 1966), known by the stage name MC Tee, is a Haitian-American emcee and co-founder (with DJ Kurtis Mantronik) of the 1980s old school hip hop and electro funk group Mantronix.

Early years[edit]

MC Tee was born in Haiti, emigrated with his family to the United States, and eventually settled in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York.[1]

Mantronix emcee[edit]

Main article: Mantronix

In 1984, Brooklyn native MC Tee met Kurtis Mantronik at Downtown Records in Manhattan, where MC Tee was a regular customer, and Mantronik worked as the in-store DJ.[2][3] The duo soon made a demo, formed the group Mantronix, and eventually signed with Sleeping Bag Records.

MC Tee co-wrote Mantronix's debut single, "Fresh is the Word," a club hit in 1985, reaching #16 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart. "Fresh is the Word" was featured on Mantronix's debut album, Mantronix: The Album, which was released the same year.[4]

Mantronix's second album, Music Madness, was released in 1986. While MC Tee's rhyming style on the album continued in the traditional b-boy fashion of the times, Mantronik's club oriented production and mixing in Music Madness tended to attract more dance music and electro funk aficionados than hardcore, old school hip hop fans.[5]

In 1987, Mantronix signed with Capitol/EMI and released In Full Effect the following year (1988). MC Tee abruptly left Mantronix shortly after the release of In Full Effect to enlist in the United States Air Force.[6]

In a 1997 interview with MTV Europe, Kurtis Mantronik commented on the departure of MC Tee from Mantronix:

Mantronix continued for two more albums following MC Tee's departure, 1990's This Should Move Ya and 1991's The Incredible Sound Machine, with Bryce "Luvah" Wilson replacing MC Tee, before the group finally disbanded in 1991.

Current whereabouts[edit]

Speculation has surfaced on Mantronix and Kurtis Mantronik fan sites regarding a reunion of the original Mantronix line-up, but as of 2011, a reunion has yet to materialize.[1].

Touré Embden is listed as having lived in both Stone Mountain and Lilburn, Georgia.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet Movie Database Touré Embden Biography". imdb.com. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  2. ^ "When Recorded Hip-hop was in its Infancy, One Man was Responsible for Really Pushing the Sonic Envelope. It's Been Far from Plain Sailing Since, But the Mantronix Legacy will Run Forever". cheebadesign.com (original article printed in Hip Hop Connection Magazine). July 2002. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  3. ^ Chin, Brian (1986). "Mantronix Makes Inroads In British Pop - But Black Duo Still Waiting For A U.S. Hit". cheebadesign.com (original article printed in Billboard Magazine). Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Allmusic Mantronix: The Album Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  5. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Allmusic Music Madness Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  6. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Allmusic In Full Effect Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Kurtis Mantronik Interview with MTV Europe Party Zone, Summer 1997". cheebadesign.com. cheebadesign.com. Retrieved January 20, 2007.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ "Current whereabouts research done on http://www.intelius.com, a leading law enforcement and background check firm.". intellius.com. 

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