She's Back....get ready
One of THE best voices in the 90's is back and better than ever.
Ayee Angie still lookin soundin Great! Jamie looking soundin great! Good luck yall on the new music.Be safe.
Wow B Angie B is about to do it all over again ..vocals sounding nice as ever.Had the pleasure of meeting her back in 1991 and just met her again today.Still nice,humble, and down to earth.Most definitely waiting for the cd to drop.
wow! I miss Anglie she was the baddest thing I had ever seen back in the early 90s I waited about 15 years for her to come back and she never showed, and when you think its all over here she is.That voice its so warm, maybe because I remember it from simpler times and when life was very kind to me.
Big hair, sequins, spandex and booty poppin’ and big voice to match? Before Ciara, Kelly, and even Beyonce—there was B. Angie B.
Born Angela Boyd in Mississippi, she became B Angie B after being introduced to MC Hammer in the late eighties and appearing as a guest vocalist on his double platinum album Let’s Get It Started. Later on, she provided vocals for original bad girls Oaktown 357 with the hit she’s most associated with “Juicy Gotcha Krazy,” and solidified my love for spandex bodysuits as a kid. As a solo artist, she released two records, but her hit remake of The Emotions “I Don’t Want To Lose Your Love” will forever be imbedded in memory. Think about it like this, she was dropping it for days and still managing to sing like she was back in a Mississipi choir and her hair never moved. My mom always thought she was the New Jack version of Tina Turner, but for me it was just plain awesome. I rediscovered my love for Angie after a hilarious music debate this week in Miami during Art Basel, its amazing what some brunch and margaritas can inspire. Relive the nineties below and all hail Miss B Angie B
B Angie B - Stronger Than Ever
Angela R. Boyd, known to hip hop old heads as B Angie B, can lay claim to being rap’s original song and dance woman. Her voice earned her a slot as the go to singer for MC Hammer’s elaborate rap concerts and as vocalist for the female rap group Oaktown 357. B Angie B became a key component in Hammer’s camp because she could more than hold her own as a dancer, which if you remember MC Hammer’s live shows from back in the day, was kind of necessary.
However, B Angie B had the voice that she honed into a potent force singing in churches in her native Mississippi. That voice grabbed MC Hammer’s attention and earned her a deal on his Bust It label and in 1991 – at the height of Hammermania – B Angie B released her self-titled debut. Folks out in radio land can still hear her covers of the Emotions “I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love” and Chaka Kahn’s “Sweet Love,” although both will work their way into heavier rotation when nostalgia for all things 1990s is in vogue. Hopefully, this will prompt music directors and fans to rediscover a B Angie B original titled “So Much Love,” which is the true gem from that album.
B Angie B was a solid effort by an emergent talent, but it was overshadowed by everything else coming out of Oakland at that time by hip hop acts such as Hammer, Too $hort, Oaktown 357 and the R&B super group Tone, Toni, Tone. B Angie B’s debut album sold a little more than 130,000 copies. She soured on the industry after releasing another album in the mid-1990s, and Angela R. Boyd returned to Mississippi where she raised her children. However, she never lost desire to perform, and B Angie B returns now with Stronger Than Ever.
Notwithstanding B Angie B’s well-deserved reputation as a hip-hop dancer, Stronger Than Ever serves as a reminder that the singer moves into her wheelhouse when singing slow and mid-tempo songs that address the topics of love and inspiration. The project brims with cuts showcasing B Angie B’s ability to handle an R&B love song, starting with the mid-tempo jazz infused “I Just Want to Simply Love You” and ending with “Love” an old school styled soul joint right down to the gospel infused organs and the call and response backing vocals.
Stronger Than Ever is not devoid of up tempo material, but B Angie B flips that script on her listeners. The predictable play would have been to lend her voice to a track featuring rap influenced production techniques and perhaps using a guest rapper. Instead, the vocalist goes with “I Wanna Be,” a high energy dance number that recalls the sequined and strobe lights of the disco era, while the “Yes Is a Promise” with its deep groove bass line, EW&F inspired brass work and uplifting message to be true to your word, is a throwback to the smooth funk of the late 70s and early 80s.
B Angie B entered the public consciousness when rap acts collaborated with singers in hopes that such mashups would be their entrée to crossover appeal. She makes her return when R&B singers use rappers and hip-hop production techniques to signal relevancy. It is ironic and revealing that hip hop’s original song and dance woman uses nary a rapper on what turned out to be a solid and traditional R&B project that marks her welcome return. Recommended.
By Howard Dukes
Remember MC Hammer’s Protege’ B Angie B? Wait ‘Til You See Her Now!
Angela Boyd parlayed a stint with MC Hammer into a shot at early 1990s stardom. While she never exactly burned up the charts, she deserves another shot in the big leagues: B Angie B has a rich, Gospel-influenced set of R&B pipes that could wipe out many of today's teen-aged pretenders to the throne.
Black Music Month Q&A: B Angie B
VH1 Hip Hop Honors
Hello Facebook family. You know God is so amazing. He blessed me with a voice that has afforded me the ability to be in the company of greatness. Last night as I took my weave out of my head I turned on VH1 Hip Hop Honors and watched in amazement as I bragged on how great everyone looked. The performances were ridiculous and please believe I critiqued it to the end until I saw me B Angie B on the backdrop. To be affiliated with this group of women made me so proud. Queen said that I am a pioneer, a trail blazer of hip hop as we know it. What a great feeling and yes it's a big deal. I said all of that to say it again. God you're amazing and I humbly thank you for keeping me relevant.