Although not as well-known as other contemporary female rappers, the women who make up the Deadly Venoms are no strangers to the rap world. Each member has had a history in the business with varying degrees of achievement. Finesse, N-Tyce, Champ MC, and newcomer J-Boo were brought together under the tutelage of rap producers Norman "Storm" Bell and Russell "Russ Prez" Pressley in response to the lackluster respect paid to women rappers. Finesse, whose tough pretty-lady persona was one-half of the pioneer female rap duo Finesse & Synquis, had been rapping since 1987 when she and Synquis unleashed a pair of singles, "Soul Sisters" and "Kickin' It." N-Tyce had recorded since 1990, but the Greensboro, NC, native didn't make an impact until the 1994 release of "Hush Hush Tip." Champ MC had been rapping professionally since the age of 19 and was considered a female Rakim in style and delivery. She performed on a couple of singles for Elektra Records but never attained much individual recognition. J-Boo hails from Queensbridge, NY, a neighborhood best-known for producing fellow East Coast rapper Nas. This stint with the Deadly Venoms represented J-Boo's professional debut as an MC. Due to legal issues and a corporate merger, the release of the Deadly Venoms' debut was delayed, and they were dropped from the A&M record label.
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