10. D4L – “Laffy Taffy”
Pictured: D4L in 2005
After their huge hit went number one and brought snap music into the public consciousness, rap group D4L went on to release “Betcha Can't Do It Like Me”, which only reached number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group silently disbanded, although they kept in touch on amicable terms.
Pictured: Shawty Lo circa 2015
Shawty Lo began a solo career with the release of “Dey Know”, which reached number 31 on the Hot 100, and its parent album, Units in the Streets. His follow-up album was continuously delayed, although he did release a mixtape titled King of Bankhead in 2014 and several buzz singles. He attracted media attention in 2013 after Oxygen announced that Shawty was to star in a reality show titled All My Babies’ Mamas. The ensuing controversy ended in the cancellation of the show before it even aired. He died on September 21, 2016, at age 40 in a single car accident.
Pictured: Fabo circa 2012
After a lengthy break from music, Fabo embarked on a solo career as $2 Fabo and released a well-received mixtape in 2014 titled We Amongst U. In an interview with Complex, he spoke of being an international entrepreneur and potential collaborations with Shawty and Young Thug, who gave the D4L member a shout-out on his hit “Stoner”.
Mook B has released several buzz tracks but has otherwise remained very low-key in his post-D4L career.
Stoney has seemingly disappeared from the public eye and is living off the residuals from “Laffy Taffy”.
9. Tweet – “Oops (Oh My)”
Pictured: Tweet in a promotional shoot for Charlene
Tweet followed the success of her debut single with appearances on albums by long-time friend Missy Elliot and Trina, as well as performing backing vocals for Whitney Houston, Madonna, and Monica, among others. After her second album failed to garner success, Tweet’s third album saw numerous delays and label changes. In 2012, she began posting unreleased music from her second album, as well as scrapped tracks from sessions for her then-untitled third album, on Soundcloud. Her third album Charlene was released in early 2016 after over a decade of delays, but managed to reach number 42 on the Billboard 200 and received positive reviews. She makes several appearances on Solange’s 2016 album A Seat at the Table.
8. Nivea – “Don’t Mess With My Man”
Pictured: Nivea at her daughter’s 16th birthday party
After earning a Grammy nomination for her top ten hit, Nivea seemed to be on a path to major stardom. However, her follow-up single with R. Kelly failed to gain traction. Her second album Complicated received very little traction, as Nivea was pregnant with her first daughter with husband and producer Terius “The-Dream” Nash. She subsequently parted ways with her label and, in 2006, released a follow-up produced by The-Dream in Japan titled Animalistic. Plans for a US release were cancelled. After divorcing The-Dream, Nivea reconciled with old flame Lil Wayne. The two had a child in late 2009 and split less than a year later. She released an independent EP Uncovered in 2011 and has released several buzz singles since. She plans on dual releasing two albums, one an acoustic record and one a rhythm & blues album, although there has been no word on a release date for those albums. She maintains active Twitter and Instagram profiles.
7. Terror Squad – “Lean Back”
Pictured: Terror Squad in 2005
Performed entirely by members Fat Joe and Remy Ma, “Lean Back” led to True Story being certified gold. The follow-up single “Take Me Home” failed to become a hit and ended up becoming the group’s final single before officially disbanding in 2009.
Pictured: Fat Joe and Remy Ma perform with French Montana at the 2016 BET Awards
Fat Joe saw his highest album chart peak in 2005 with All or Nothing, although he has seen continuously declining sales in the following albums. He has had successful singles including “Get It Poppin’”, “Make It Rain”, and “Another Round”. He last released an album in 2010 with The Darkside Vol. 1.
Remy Ma released her debut album There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story in 2006 to positive reviews and low sales. In 2008, she was convicted of assault and several other charges stemming from a 2007 incident; she served six years after conviction and was released in August 2014. She joined the cast of Love & Hip-Hop: New York the following year. She and Fat Joe will be releasing a joint album titled Plata O Plomo; the first single, “All the Way Up”, reached number 27 on the Hot 100.
Other members saw less success. Tony Sunshine’s debut album has been delayed for nearly a decade. He released a praised mixtape in 2015 titled No Filter. Armageddon released the mixtape Good Evil: Armageddon Vs. Geddy in 2014. He continues to release buzz tracks and maintains a Twitter account. Prospect has seemingly retired from music – Armageddon referred to him as “lazy” in multiple interviews.
Pictured: J-Kwon in a Twitter photo
While J-Kwon’s debut album reached gold status, his two follow-ups, released five years after “Tipsy”, failed to even chart. In 2010, his label released a press release saying that J-Kwon was missing, although he turned up later that month and released a self-titled album. He has since released two mixtapes, with his latest, Remember Me, being released in 2015.
5. Estelle – “American Boy”
Pictured: Estelle at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon
Estelle’s follow-up to her critically praised Shine was released four years later, titled All of Me, and featuring minor hits “Break My Heart” and “Thank You”. She released a series of three EPs under the titles Love & Happiness and followed up with True Romance in 2015. A remix of her track “Conqueror” from her guest appearance on Empire charted at number 42 on the Hot 100, her biggest hit since “American Boy”. Since 2014, she has voiced Garnet on the animated TV show Steven Universe.
4. Brooke Valentine – “Girlfight”
Pictured: Valentine in an Instagram pic
After the follow-up single “Long as You Come Home” failed to make an impact on the charts, a second album Physical Education, featuring the singles “D-Girl” and “Pimped Out”, was planned for 2006; however, the album was eventually scrapped and select tracks were released on the Physical Education Mixtape in 2009. After a lengthy break from music, Valentine released the song “Forever” in 2012 and the mixtape Love Letters in early 2013. She maintains Instagram and Twitter accounts.
3. Amerie – “1 Thing”
Pictured: Amerie in a photoshoot for her album Drive
Amerie prepared her follow-up album Because I Love It for 2007. It achieved moderate success in the UK, but numerous delays and little single promotion led to a cancelled US release. Her fourth album In Love & War was released in the US to positive reviews but low sales, although the album and its singles did find success in South Korea. She altered her name to Ameriie and, in early 2016, released Drive on Soundcloud, which received acclaimed and saw several hundred thousand streams in the first three days of release. She plans on releasing novels and is editing an anthology titled Because You Love to Hate Me, as well as a follow-up EP.
2. Cassie – “Me & U”
Pictured: Cassie at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards
Like so many artists on this list, Cassie’s second album has been long delayed. She released several singles in 2008 and 2009, notably “Is It You” from her film debut in Step Up 2: The Streets, “Official Girl” with Lil Wayne, and “Must Be Love” featuring Diddy. She released the acclaimed track “King of Hearts” and its accompanying video in 2012, as well as making an appearance on Nicki Minaj’s “The Boys”. The following year, she released her first mixtape RockaByeBaby to critical acclaim. She has confirmed to be working on her second album with production work by Detail. She is currently dating rapper and entrepreneur Diddy.
1. Chamillionaire – “Ridin”
Pictured: Chamillionaire at an Austin EXPO
Chamillionaire followed up the success of “Ridin’” with a guest feature on Ciara’s hit “Get Up” and the release of Ultimate Victory in 2007, which was well-received by critics. His third album has been delayed since, with a new tentative release set for late 2017. The original lead single for the album “Good Morning” became a minor hit. Despite album delays, Chamillionaire continues to release music, including over fifteen mixtapes, including his popular Mixtape Messiah series, and three extended plays in 2012 and 2013. He is also an entrepreneur with a net worth of $15 million. He is the entrepreneur-in-residence for Upfront Ventures and owns the independent record label Chamillitary Entertainment, Masterpiece Mind Frame, and a tour bus company.