Spooks (group)

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Spooks
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresHip-hop
Years active1994-2005
LabelsArtemis, Antra, Koch, Epic
Members(at disbandment)
Booka-T
Hypno
Ming-Xia
Joe Davis
Past membersWater Water (1995-2003), deceased

Spooks was an American hip-hop/R&B group, active in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[1] The members of the group got together in 1994, taking their name from the 1969 novel by Sam Greenlee, The Spook Who Sat by the Door.[2][3] After attaining success throughout Europe with their album S.I.O.S.O.S., Vol. 1, Spooks garnered a hit with the single, "Things I've Seen", which featured in the Laurence Fishburne film Once in the Life (2000). Water-Water left the group before their second album Faster Than You Know, and died in a car accident in September 2003, days before the album's release.[4] The group disbanded soon afterwards, with little heard from the members since. In 2009 Ming Xia appeared on Chali 2na's Fish Outta Water. The Spooks were discovered by Philadelphia hip-hop legend "Parry P", who signed them to the Antra Records, where he was the Vice President of A&R.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUT BEL Gold DEN Gold FRA Gold GER NLD Gold NZL SWE Gold SWI UK Gold
2000 S.I.O.S.O.S. Volume One 39 19 55 73 94 36 73 25
  • UK #5: Gold and European Platinum Award for the sales of over 1,000,000 copies throughout Europe.
2003 Faster Than You Know...
  • Released: September 23, 2003
  • Label: Koch
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album Notes
AUT BEL DEN FIN FRA GER IRE ITA NL NOR NZ SWE SWI UK
2000 "Sweet Revenge" 67 S.I.O.S.O.S.Almost 2 million copies sold. Number 5 on the RnB charts in on the East coast of the U.S.
"Things I've Seen" 4 6 10 12 4 24 21 28 10 11 16 8 10 6 Most played song in Europe that year. (Platinum Single) Number 11 hip hop track on U.S. RAP Singles charts.
2001 "Karma Hotel" 34 55 83 65 48 78 15 One of the most played radio songs in Europe.
"Yes" Non-Album Single Not released to radio.
"I Believe" S.I.O.S.O.S. Non album single.
"Swindley's Maracas" Not released to radio.
2003 "Faster Than You Know" 117 Faster Than You Know
"Still Gonna Do It" Not released to radio.
"Crazy" Not released to radio.
"Change" Not released to radio.
"Don't Be Afraid" Not released to radio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spooks". Mtv.com. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  2. ^ [https://www.theguardian.com/media/2001/jan/25/tvandradio.television "Work in progress", JD (Spooks), rapper - interview by Phelim O'Neill, The Guardian, January 25, 2001.
  3. ^ "Spooks: Infiltrating Your Mind Through Music", Interview conducted by Todd E. Jones, MVRemix, 2004.]
  4. ^ Chris Nettleton, "Death of an MC" (on Water-Water's death), Drowned in Sound, September 22, 2003.

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