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Oaktown’s 3.5.7 (Djuana Johnican/Sweet L.D., Phyllis Charles/Li’l P, and Tabatha King/Terrible T) began their career as the background dancers for MC Hammer. They appeared in the music videos for his songs Let’s Get It Started, Pump It Up, and They Put Me In the Mix. In addition, they toured nationally and globally with MC Hammer and appeared on numerous television shows.
Eventually MC Hammer decided he wanted to produce a female group (a la Prince’s Vanity 6 and Rick James’s Mary Jane Girls) consisting of his background dancers and christened them Oaktown’s 3.5.7, a combined homage to their hometown of Oakland, California and the .357 Magnum which was chosen to represent their powerful dance moves.
Their first release, Wild and Loose, sold more than 100,000 copies in its first month of release without radio airplay and spawned the hits We Like It, .3.5.7 Straight At You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, and the popular club anthem Juicy Gotcha Krazy (featuring vocalist B Angie B.)
Shortly after the recording of the first album, Li’l P left the group to pursue other interests. Sweet L.D. and Terrible T continued with the group and recorded their second studio album Fully Loaded which produced the hits Turn It Up with vocals by the legendary Tata Vega, Honey, and It’s Not Your Money. During the promotion of the record, the duo once again toured the U.S. and performed several sold-out shows in Japan. They also made several TV appearances on BET’s Video Soul, MTV, The Robert Townsend Show, Soul Train, and Showtime at the Apollo and also graced the front cover of Black Beat magazine.
After a twenty-year hiatus, the group has reformed, with members Sweet L.D. and Li’l P, and released a new single Get Up On It. They performed their reunion show in Austin, Texas, at the Austin PRIDE Festival in 2011 and also performed a set during the SXSW Music Festival in March 2013.
Oaktown’s 3.5.7 are currently working on a new cd scheduled to be released in 2014 which will feature brand new tracks as well as remixes of their chart-topping hits.
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