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Putting Some Shine on the ‘Sequence’

Today in Black Music history, straight from the Saxon Homes Projects in Columbia, South Carolina, meet the first female trio rap group: Sequence.

The Sequence was the 1st female old school hip hop trio. The group was made up by Cheryl “the Pearl” Cook, Gwendolyn “Blondy” Chisolm and Angie Stone, the lead singer, then known as Angela “Angie B” Brown.

Before Bruno Mars, they recorded “Funk You Up” in 1979 on Sugar Hill Records. It was the first rap hit performed by women, and only the third rap song to chart in the Top 50 of Billboard‘s Hot Soul Singles.

Don’t believe me, just WATCH them “Funk You Up!”

They are also known for hit songs such as “Love Changes”

Featured Image: Cheryl “The Pearl” Cook, Gwendolyn “Blondy” Chisolm and Angie Stone (from left) – Derek Blanks for Rolling Stone