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|Birth name||Bryce Wilson|
|Origin||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Genres||Hip hop, electro|
|Labels||Capitol/EMI Records (Mantronix)
Epic/SME Records (Groove Theory
|Associated acts||Groove Theory
Bryce Wilson (born 1972) is a record producer/entrepreneur and actor. He was formerly half of late 1990s duo Groove Theory, and former artist on the early 1990s dance music/electro hip-hop band Mantronix.
Mantronix MC and keyboardist
Following the departure of electro funk/old school hip hop group Mantronix's original rapper MC Tee, Wilson, (then known as Bryce "Luvah", or MC Luvah), and D.J. D, the cousin of the remaining Mantronix member, Kurtis Mantronik, joined Mantronix for 1990's This Should Move Ya. The album spawned two top-10 hits on the British singles chart, "Got to Have Your Love" at #4, and "Take Your Time" at #10. In the United States, the album reached #61 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Wilson was the primary rapper on all of the rap-based tracks that appeared on the album, and was responsible for the lyrical content.
Mantronix's final release, with vocalist Jade Trini replacing D.J. D, was The Incredible Sound Machine in 1991. The Incredible Sound Machine, which tended to favor new jack swing and house music over hip hop, was considered both a critical and commercial disappointment. Shortly after the tour and promotion related to the release of The Incredible Sound Machine, Mantronix disbanded.
Following the demise of Mantronix, Wilson paired with Amel Larrieux to form the duo Groove Theory. In 1995, the group released its self-titled debut album Groove Theory. The album featured the hit, gold certified single "Tell Me" which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart.
Larrieux left the group to pursue a solo career in 1999, and was replaced by Charlotte-bred singer Makeda Davis. The duo originally signed with Epic Records but left the label in 2001. Subsequently, Wilson signed Davis to a solo deal with Interscope and then DreamWorks Records.
In 1996, he collaborated with Babyface, and the two co-produced "You're Makin' Me High," a smash hit single for Toni Braxton that went #1 on both the R&B and Pop charts. He also appeared in the video as Toni's love interest. Wilson produced for Brandy's fifth studio album, released in 2008. Bryce has achieved two Billboard number one's as a writer in 2015, Secondcity's "I wanna feel", which went #1 in the UK and No. 2 on billboard dance charts and Wale's "The glass egg".
Since 1995, when he made a guest appearance with Groove Theory on an episode of the television drama New York Undercover, he has acted in a variety of films and television shows. He appeared as James in Beauty Shop (2005).
Film and television work
- Jury Of Our Peers (2008) (as Vic)
- The Stick Up Kids (2008) (as Hands)
- Show Stoppers (2007) (as Fabian)
- The System Within (2006) (as Rollins)
- Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club (2006) (as Amp)
- Beauty Shop (2005) (as James)
- All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Women of the Past 25 Years (2005)
- Hair Show (2004) (as Drake)
- Retrosexual: The 80's (2004)
- Guilty by Association (2003) (as Kenny)
- Weekend Vibe (2002)
- Trois (2000) (as Robert)
- New York Undercover... aka Uptown Undercover-Grim Reaper (1997) (with Groove Theory)
- Wynn, Ron. "This Should Move Ya Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-22.
- Henderson, Alex. "The Incredible Sound Machine Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved November 22, 2006.
- "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. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- Huey, Steve. "Groove Theory profile". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-22.
- Internet Movie DataBase profile, imdb.com; accessed May 29, 2015.
- Profile, Discogs.com