Comprising Big J, Grand Man and Angelo Smoove, Da Happy Headz dashed to prominence in the early 90s following an appearance on television on The Oprah Winfrey Show, on the premise of talking about hip-hop. Researchers for the show invited the trio to make an impromptu appearance, freestyling raps to give audiences an example of the genre. From Danville, Illinois, USA, they started life as the Street Corner Hustlers, with Da Happy Headz actually coalescing from a larger team of rappers and graffiti artists, called Da Happy Headz Nnjaz. However, despite their ghetto background they charted a more humane course which could easily be differentiated from gangsta rap which made them eminently suitable for such mainstream coverage. Bolstered by the impression they had created on the Oprah show, their typically humorous debut single, ‘I’m Nappy’, became a minor hit. However, their subsequent efforts failed to overcome their unfortunate image as ‘Oprah’s rap band’.
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