Terror Squad (group)

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Terror Squad
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1998–2006
Website www.terrorsquad.net (archived)
Members Fat Joe
Cool & Dre
DJ Khaled
K.A.R
Nick Shades
Past members Big Pun (Deceased)
Cuban Link
Triple Seis
Prospect
Armageddon
Remy Ma
Tony Sunshine

Terror Squad was an American hip hop collective that was first established in 1998. Based in The Bronx borough of New York City, the members of Terror Squad collectively debuted on a song in member Fat Joe's album Don Cartagena.[1] Terror Squad released its debut, The Album, in 1999, with its first major hit "Whatcha Gon' Do", credited mostly to Big Pun, who died of a heart attack in 2000. After Big Pun's death, his longtime partners Cuban Link and Triple Seis left the group and were subsequently replaced by Remy Martin (later known as Remy Ma) and Tony Sunshine.

History[edit]

In 1998, the members of Terror Squad debuted as a group on Fat Joe's album Don Cartagena. Terror Squad, in its debut album The Album, consisted of rappers Fat Joe, Big Pun, Cuban Link, Prospect, Armageddon, and Triple Seis.[2]

As the group was on hiatus following Pun's death, most of its former members fell into obscurity, with Fat Joe having the most successful solo career among all the former members.[1] The group reunited and released their second album, True Story, in 2004. It included the summer club hit "Lean Back," produced by Scott Storch, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and 24 in the UK. A remix to "Lean Back" featured Lil Jon, Mase and Eminem was released on Fat Joe's 2005 album All or Nothing. Although the album failed to spawn other hit singles, Fat Joe and Remy, who contributed the vocals to "Lean Back," went on to release high-selling solo albums in 2006.[1] Fat Joe commented in a 2006 interview that Armageddon and Prospect had become lazy.[3]

Terror Squad signed to Koch Records that next year.[4] Apart from the three new members, DJ Khaled and Cool & Dre are retained as regular crew along with Tony Sunshine.[3][5] But Tony Sunshine has since left Terror Squad to pursue a solo career.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US[6] US R&B[6]
1999 The Album
  • Released: September 21, 1999
  • Label: Atlantic (83232)
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
22 4
2004 True Story
  • Released: July 27, 2004
  • Label: Universal (000280602)
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
7 1

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US[7] US R&B[7] US Rap[7]
1999 "Whatcha Gon' Do?" (performed by Big Pun) The Album
"Tell Me What U Want" (performed by Fat Joe, Armageddon, Cuban Link, and Tony Sunshine)
2004 "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" (performed by Remy Ma and Fat Joe) 75 True Story
"Lean Back" (performed by Fat Joe and Remy Ma) 1 1 1
"Take Me Home" (performed by Fat Joe, Tony Sunshine, Remy Ma, and Armageddon) 62 22 19
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason (2006). "Terror Squad > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ Gill, John (September 21, 1999). "Big Pun Sounds Off On The Terror Squad". MTV News. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Kayser, Brian (November 15, 2006). "Fat Joe". HipHopGame. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ Richburg, Chris (October 23, 2007). "Fat Joe To Introduce New Terror Squad Members Via Koch". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Reid, Shaheem (November 26, 2007). "50 Cent Helps LL Cool J Recover From 'Weak' Album; Busta Rhymes' Hypeman Is Staying Put". Mixtape Monday. MTV News. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Terror Squad > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "Terror Squad > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database" Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-07-31.