Brooklyn, New York, United States


Hip hop

Years active



Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.

Past members

Stetsasonic was an American hip hop group formed in 1979 in Brooklyn, New York. It is remembered as one of the hip hop crews to use a live band, and the group's positive, uplifting lyrics made it forerunners of alternative hip hop and jazz rap. As a "hip hop band", the group were dependent on instruments as well as turntables and were well-known for their live shows.

The group signed to Tommy Boy Records and released their debut album, On Fire, in 1986. Although the album received mixed reviews, the follow-up albums In Full Gear and Blood, Sweat & No Tears were critically acclaimed. After the release of the latter, the group disbanded. Members Prince Paul, Daddy-O and Frukwan would go on to achieve successful solo careers in hip hop music.


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