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Formed: 1991 in London, England, UK.
Us3 name was inspired by a Horace Parlan recording produced by Alfred Lion, the founder of Blue Note Records. On their debut album, Hand on the Torch, Us3 used samples from the Blue Note Records catalogue, all originally produced by Lion.
Us3 was not originally a trio, but from their second album on they have indeed been "us three" as in 3 members. Geoff Wilkinson is the only permanent member, and has also produced all the albums. For each new recording two new rappers/vocalists have been introduced, see below. They have become known as ambassadors of acid jazz, a relatively new genre of music.
Formed in 1992, alongside production partner Mel Simpson, Us3 had two previous incarnations. The first was a limited edition white label 12" release in 1990 called "Where Will We Be In The 21st Century" featuring rapper MC Honey B and jazz pianist Jessica Lauren. and NW1's 1991 12" "The Band Played The Boogie" featuring London rapper Born 2 B.
After several world tours with the Us3 band, Mel Simpson left for other endeavors, and in 1996 Wilkinson set about making a follow-up album. New York rappers KCB and Shabaam Sahdeeq came in to replace Rahsaan Kelly, Kobie Powell, and Tukka Yoot, and the resulting 1997 album was Broadway & 52nd.
The third Us3 album An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place was released in 2001.
The fourth Us3 album Questions was released in Japan in 2003.
After the tours, the eclectic album Schizophonic was recorded.
The 2007 album Say What!? once again included rappers Akil Dasan and Gaston and added 21 year old R&B vocalist Adeline.
-Reggi Wyns (2003-2005).
-Mpho Skeef (2003-2005).
-Akil Dasan (2005-).
- 1993 Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (EP).
- 1993 Hand on the Torch.
- 1994 Tukka Yoot's Riddim (EP).
- 1994 I Got It Goin' On (EP).
- 1997 Broadway & 52nd.
- 2001 An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place.
- 2004 Questions.
- 2006 Schizophonic.
- 2007 Say What!?.