West coast hip-hop legends, Rodney O and DJ Joe Cooley, recently announced that they’ve reunited and are preparing the release of their first new album in over a decade.
Titled Joe and Me, the upcoming album’s first single “That Supa Radio” began receiving airplay in Los Angeles on 103.3 KKBT immediately after its release, marking their return to music.
At press time, a release date for the reunion album was not given.
The Compton, California-based duo first hit the Billboard charts in 1989 with “This Is For The Homies,” and then four years later, landed on the Billboard charts again, securely becoming part of the collective consciousness of a west coast hip-hop generation, with memorable songs like their radio hits “Humps For The Blvd”, and the iconic “U Don’t Hear Me Tho.'”
“Humps” remained on the Billboard charts for over three months. The duo released successive albums until 1999, and then they released a two-set volume of greatest hits in 2000.
In their initial formation as a group, which then included Egyptian Lover and General Jeff, Rodney and Joe exploded onto the scene with the release of their groundbreaking single “Everlasting Bass,” which would become hugely influential in Miami bass music.
From the late 1980s to the mid-90s, the duo were everywhere, performing on late night television, on shows like ‘The Arsenio Hall Show,’ and at countless concerts, alongside the likes of Ice-T, NWA, Mariah Carey, En Vogue, and Run-DMC to name a few.
They were so popular, even Tupac came to one to check it out. Rodney recalled: “Tupac used to come to our shows with his manager Leila Steinberg when we played up North. That sort of thing really meant a lot to us, to get love for our music from our peers, ones that we really respected.”
Rodney and Joe eventually decided to call it quits. Now, twelve years after a long vacation from working in the music business together, the duo started doing shows together again last fall, including one at AEG’s L.A. Nokia Theatre with Ice Cube, the Dogg Pound and DJ Quik.
“We got a big response, and realized this was what we needed to do again,” said Rodney.
Being back on stage and seeing the fans’ ecstatic reaction to their return there, DJ Joe Cooley’s head spun, as much his turntables did. The idea came to do a reunion album from there.