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Also known asWrecks-n-Effect
OriginManhattan, New York City, U.S.
Years active
  • 1988–1996
  • 2014-present
MembersAqil Davidson
Markell Riley
Teddy Riley
Past membersBrandon Mitchell (deceased)
Keith "K.C." Harris

Wreckx-n-Effect (originally Wrecks-n-Effect) is an American new jack swing group from Harlem, New York City most known for their No. 1 Rap songs, "New Jack Swing" & their multi-platinum hit "Rump Shaker".[1]


Wrecks-n-Effect was founded in 1988 by Aqil Davidson, Markell Riley and Brandon "B-Doggs" Mitchell. A fourth member: Keith "K.C." Harris, was added while creating their demo but was a member only on their debut EP. One year later, Davidson, Riley and Mitchell reconvened and recorded their First LP containing New Jack Swing. Markell Riley is the brother of new jack swing producer Teddy Riley.[2] The group debuted in 1988 on Atlantic Records and soon after transitioned to Motown Records. The group achieved their first number one song on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart with the single "New Jack Swing" in 1989 on Motown Records.[3]

In 1990, former member DJ "B-Doggs" Brandon Mitchell was killed in a local shootout, which nearly caused Davidson and Riley to end the group. The group continued after encouragement from producer Teddy Riley and Michael Jackson. Aqil Davidson changed the spelling of Wrecks-n-Effect to Wreckx-n-Effect in honor of Mitchell.

In 1991, Teddy Riley built Future Recording Studios, a multi-million dollar recording studio in Virginia Beach, VA. Among the first records produced at Future Recording Studios, was Wreckx-n-Effect's 1992 smash Rump Shaker, which would go on to reach number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Wreckx-n-Effect also recorded their 1992 album Hard or Smooth at Future Recording Studios, which would go on to sell roughly 2 million copies and peak at number 16 on the Billboard 200.

Conrad Tillard, then known variously as the Hip Hop Minister and Conrad Muhammad, became a fixture in hip-hop in 1993 after he arranged a meeting and a truce in a feud between rising bands Wreckx-N-Effect and A Tribe Called Quest, that Tillard said threatened to turn Harlem into a "war zone".[4][5][6][7][8][9]



Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
  • Release date: September 1, 1989
  • Label: Motown
103 16
Hard or Smooth
  • Release date: November 24, 1992
  • Label: MCA
9 6 91
Raps New Generation
  • Release date: September 24, 1996
  • Label: MCA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Hot 100
US Rap
US Dance
1988 "Let's Do It Again" Wrecks-n-Effect EP
"Go For What U Know"
1989 "New Jack Swing" 14 1 48 49 82 Wrecks-n-Effect
"Juicy" 36 6 29
1990 "Club Head / Rock Steady"
1992 "Rump Shaker" 2 2 1 9 10 11 70 24 Hard or Smooth
1993 "Wreckx Shop" 101 46 11 81 40 26
"Knock-N-Boots" 72 71 28
"My Cutie" 75 85
1996 "Top Billin'" 38 Raps New Generation
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


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  2. ^ XXL Staff. "The Current Status of Every Murdered Rapper's Case". XXL.com. XXL. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Wreckx-N-Effect - Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales". billboard.com. January 2, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  4. ^ Reeves, Mosi (September 24, 2016). "A Tribe Called Quest's 'The Low End Theory': 10 Things You Didn't Know". Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ "Hip-Hop Photo Museum". Tumblr.
  6. ^ Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, Gabe Alvarez, Jeff Mao, Brent Rollins (2014). "Hit 'em up," Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists
  7. ^ D.L. Chandler (May 23, 2013). "Former "Hip-Hop Minister" Running For NYC Council Seat". HipHopWired.
  8. ^ "Will "Hiphop Minister" Conrad Muhammad Go from N.O.I. to G.O.P.?". New York Press. February 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Paul DeBenedetto (May 23, 2013). "Former "Hip-Hop Minister" Continues Evolution With City Council Run". DNAinfo New York.
  10. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  11. ^ "Gold and Platinum search results: Wreckx 'N' Effect". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  12. ^ a b c "Wreckx-N-Effect Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  13. ^ "Wreckx-N-Effect - New Zealand Chart". charts.nz. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  14. ^ "Wreckx-N-Effect - Dutch chart". dutchcharts.nl. September 22, 2014.
  15. ^ "Wreckx-N-Effect - UK Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 22, 2014.

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