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Jazzyfatnastees at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival 2007. Photo by Simba Madziva.
|Origin||Los Angeles, USA|
|Genres||Neo soul, R&B, Quiet Storm|
Jazzyfatnastees is a vocal duo, Tracey Moore (born 1970) and Mercedes Martinez (born 1969). Originally, a vocal quartet, they landed a deal with Tommy Boy in 1993. In 1995, their association with Tommy Boy ended, two members left the group, and the current duo moved to Philadelphia.
Having opened for The Roots in the past, the Jazzyfatnastees were signed to Motive Records, The Roots' imprint at MCA. The duo also provided vocals for OutKast's 1996 single Jazzy Belle during this time.
In 1999, the group released their debut album, The Once and Future. The duo wrote and co-produced the album in conjunction with members of The Roots. Helping to feed the neo-soul movement, the girls started Black Lily, "A Women in Music Series." The series acts as a showcase for neo-soul artists including Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, and Bilal.
In addition to recording their own albums, they have toured with and sung background vocals for The Roots (Illadelph Halflife, Things Fall Apart; Martinez appeared on Game Theory and …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin).
The Tortoise and The Hare, the group's second album, was released in September 2002 through Coolhunter/Ryko.
- The Once and Future (1999)
- The Tortoise & the Hare (2002)