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Band, 1995-2000
Hip-Hop/Rap and Electronic

Since producer-driven, vocalist-fronted musical projects such as Snap! and C + C Music Factory had remarkable success in the early 1990s, producers Frank Müller, Ulrich Buchmann and Jörg Wagner decided to put together such a group in 1995. The Persian Gulf War had ended in 1991 and former American soldiers who had decided to remain in Germany were all over the country. Some of them were musicians who hadn't had a chance to capitalize off their talent back home and were willing to try a musical career in Europe. Anthony "Red Dogg" Joseph and James "Mr.P" White met in such circumstances and were recruited by Frank Müller to become part of his newly-created musical project. They chose the name "C-Block" and released their debut single, "Shake Dat Azz", a collaboration with Chicago rapper A.K.-S.W.I.F.T. in late 1996, which made a lasting impression on their European fanbase. However, their greatest hits were only ahead of them at the time. "So Strung Out", a more rap-oriented single, was released as their sophomore effort and catapulted the group to European superstardom. Based on a Soul Searchers sample, already made famous by Eric B. & Rakim and Run-DMC, called "Ashley's Roachclip", "So Strung Out" was a soulful ode to drug victims across the world and had a lasting impact in the European rap community. Unfulfilled plans of a solo career made Mr.P leave the group in late 1997, being replaced by untill then less visible project members Theresa "Misty" Baltimore and Preston "Goldie Gold" Holloway who had only recorded backing vocals and choruses for the C-Block debut album, "General Population", released in 1997. They all quit the project after the more pop-oriented, less successfull second album, ironically called "Keepin' It Real". Mr.P returned to the group and tried to make a comeback with newly-recruited r&b singer Jeanine Love, but the released singles failed to make an impact comercially or critically and the group officially disbanded in late 2000. Frank Müller, one of the creators and producers of the group, released the group's third, shelved, album in late 2010 on the Internet.

Popular Tracks   
So Strung Out - The Distance & Riddick Edit on So Strung Out by C-Block, The Distance & Riddick
Summertime on Summertime by C-Block & Charming Horses
So Strung Out - Radio Version on So Strung Out by C-Block
Time Is Tickin - Radio Version on Time Is Tickin Away by C-Block
So Strung Out - Extended Version on So Strung Out by C-Block
Summertime on Summertime by C-Block
Keep Movin - Radio Version on Keep Movin by C-Block
Time Is Tickin - Extended Version on Time Is Tickin Away by C-Block
The Future Is So Bright - Extended Version on The Future Is So Bright by C-Block
Broken Wings on Keepin It Real by C-Block

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
The Last AlbumC-Block2010Album
Music BoxC-Block2002Album
The Future Is So BrightC-Block2000Single
Keep Movin'C-Block1999Single
The Story Of SuccessC-Block1998Album
Singles Collection '98C-Block1998Compil.
Broken WingsC-Block1998Single
Keepin' It RealC-Block1998Album
Time Is Tickin' AwayC-Block1997Single
General PopulationC-Block1997Album
Eternal GraceC-Block1997Single
So Strung OutC-Block1996Single
Shake Dat AzzC-Block1996Single
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