New Ridaz

The New Ridaz entered the musical stage in 2006 with their self-titled album and single "Special Girl." Members Dos and Zig Zag had been instrumental to the Latin rap scene in the southwestern states of the U.S. as part of the Arizona-based NB Ridaz (changed earlier from the Nastyboy Klick). Along with producer and third member MC Magic, the NB Ridaz enjoyed moderate success brandishing their blend of Latin rap, urban R&B, and hip-hop. Magic's pursuit of a solo career in the mid-2000s left Dos and Zig Zag to explore other options. Their label, Upstairs Records, suggested they team up with its star, dance-pop singer Angelina, who'd scored numerous Latin dance and pop numbers including 1996's "Release Me," and the newly formed trio renamed themselves the New Ridaz. Though their sound was similar to the NB Ridaz's material, Angelina's pop sensibilities and recognition added to their already loyal fan base. The threesome's incorporation of Spanish lyrics into their music did not limit the scope of that audience as their debut peaked in the Top 40 for independently released albums. ~ Cyril Cordor

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