The Conscious Daughters
The Conscious Daughters (TCD) were a female rap duo, consisting of members Special One and CMG, out of Northern California's Bay Area. TCD ushered in the gangsta bitch era of female rappers following Boss's lead. The duo signed in 1993 to Paris's record label Scarface Records after passing him a demo tape at a club.
The single and video release of their 1994 hit "Somethin' to Ride (Fonky Expedition)" helped TCD gain national recognition. The duo went on to complete a cross-country tour and sell over 300,000 copies of their Ear to the Street debut album. The album released three singles and three music videos. Their second album, Gamers, sold over 200,000 copies with help of the nationally recognized single "Gamers".
TCD's third album The Nutcracker Suite, with guests Kurupt, Roscoe, Yukmouth (of the Luniz), Spice 1, Suga T, Mystic, Cougnut and Sacramento producer Rick Rock, was scheduled to be released mid-2007 on Guerilla Funk Records but was released on February 10, 2009. In 2010, the Conscious officially ended their longtime relationship with Paris and Guerilla Funk Records. CMG is currently working on a solo album, The Jane of All Trades, expected in the summer of 2011 followed by a brand new highly anticipated Conscious Daughters album.
The world of music and the Bay Area hip-hop scene, in particular, lost a Special One. Karryl Smith, half of the East Oakland-bred group the Conscious Daughters, better known as Special One, passed away on December 10. Her cause of death is unknown at this time.