City High

220px-cityhighCity High, was an American R&B/Hip-Hop trio consisting of Ryan Toby, Robbie Pardlo and Claudette Ortiz. Signed to multi-platinum producers “Wyclef Jean & Jerry Wonda” on the Booga Basement/Interscope Records imprint.

City High drew comparisons to their mentor’s supergroup “The Fugees” for two main reasons: The first being that the make up of the band was two male members and a superstar female member, and also the fact that the members both sang and rapped on their albums.

In 2001 “What would you do? was released as part of the bands eponymous debut to radio with a new mix that interpolated Dr. Dre’s “The next episode” into the bridge. The song, a story seen from different perspectives about a young woman who becomes a stripper to feed her child, became a US pop #8 and R&B #13 hit. The Band’s follow up single “Caramel” found Claudette singing lead and Robbie on the bridge. In the original version there is a section where Claudette sings in Spanish. For radio release, the song was remixed to include the rapper “Eve”. Caramel was a US Pop #18 and R&B #9 hit. The remix was done by the “Trackmasters” producers.

City High shot mini-music video commercials for MTV promoting the “Real World” Chicago…. Their debut self titled album sold platinum and was nominated for a Grammy award.2317159359055846628

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