Last updated: 06/06/2012 12:00:00 PM
They all came to Germany as American soldiers. At first C-Block was only Red Dogg (George Anthony Joseph) and Mr.P or P.O.P. (James White). It was with Mr.P that Red Dogg had the success with the album "General Population" and all the hit songs from that. It all went very well for those to. They were the "main members" of CBK that were most visible, but the singer Theresa "Misty" Baltimore and the rapper/singer Goldie were also members of the group and featured on many songs.
C-Block's first single was "Skake dat azz" together with the rapper A.K.-S.W.I.F.T. It was released in early 1996, and got a lot of airplay in the clubs and hiphop charts.
The real breakthrough came with their single "So Strung Out". This song hit the top 5 on the very popular chart, Viva Top100, and reached top 10 in many European countries.
The followed up the success with another bomb-song "Time Is Tickin' Away", and it got as big, if not any bigger then the previous single. If you ask anybody about C-Block, the person probably would mention "So Strung Out" and "Time Is Tickin' Away" directly.
After that it was time for the debut album release. "General Population" hit the stores, and this album is one of the, if not the greatest album of the history of the European HipHop/Rap scene. The album contains, except for the 3 singles "So Strung Out", "Time Is Tickin' Away" and their fourth single, "Summertime", super-songs like "Everything's Good", "Being Raised" and "Round N Round". This is really something for the fans of European Rap & HipHop.
After the single "Summertime", Mr.P started to think of an own career and he and Red Dogg argued a lot. P wanted too much and he left C-Block...
...so now C-Block became Red Dogg, Misty and Goldie. That was the new C-Block.
It tokk some months before the first single "Eternal Grace" was released. The song hit the Viva top 10immediately, and was released for Christmas 1997. In March 1998, the single "Broken Wings" had a world premeire. A cover song of Mr.Mister's "Broken Wings", and here Red Dogg really proves how great rapper he is. The first verse of this song has it all. The new album "Keepin' It Real" which was released in May 1998. This album has a little more hiphop influence, but still the typical CBK-style. The songs "Bounce", "Keepin It Real", "Motherless Child" and defenitely the great "We Believe" and "You Win Again" are worth to check out.
The second album was a big success, especially in the middle-european countries and Bulgaria, hitting for example nr 1 spot in Poland.
The group started to plan for the next single, that was supposed to be "We Believe". But, things doesn't always turn out that good.
After a year of silence, C-Block made a comeback with the new single "Keep Movin'" with some surpriseing members. James White (or P.O.P.) had returned to the group, and did the rappin by himself this time, and you could see a new singer too, Jeanine Love. Well, where did Red Dogg, Goldie and Misty go? I was actually very disapointed that Red Dogg wasn't in the group anymore, because I thought that he always was the brain behind the group and brought us the fattest raps. Anyway, I like P.O.P. a lot aswell. The single "Keep Movin'" was released in the summer of 1999 and it was a groovy phat usual CBK track. It got a lot of play on the club charts over europe, but never had the sucess of the earlier CBK tracks.
Almost a year later ,in the summer of 2000, C-Block had released the single "The Future Is So bright" .The succes wasn't there at all. Althoug you could read on the inlay of tha single, that the new album "Changes" was planned to be dropped soon, the group took a break. And after that it's quiet....
Later in 2004, the fans found out some chocking news about Red Dogg. Tony was shot on 15th of September 2001, and very badly injured. He almost lost his life. He is now in a wheel chair and lost a little of his memory. The guy that shot him was a big criminal and got cought and got sentenced. However, latest news from his family in California indicates that he has re-married his ex-wife and now they live together with their daughter and grand daughter.
In 2010, something amazed is about to drop. The amazing project Euro-Rap-Revival is featuring 40 of the most amazing euro-rap artists, with total new production and songs! Two of these artists are Misty and Goldie.