No Good Biography
Comprised of Derrick Hill (aka 'Mr. Fatal') and Tracy Lattimer (aka
'T-Nasty'), NO GOOD began their rap careers in 1992 as hype men and dancers
with renegade rapper Luther Campbell’s 2 Live Crew. "My brother was
a dancer with this group called No Good But So Good, and he invited me to
one of their performances. Derrick was already a member, which is how we met," recalled T. Nasty. "When I saw how girls reacted to their moves on stage, man, you would have thought they were Michael Jackson or someone like that. So the next day at their dance rehearsal, I joined up." It did not take long for Derrick and Tracy, who changed the name to NO GOOD, to become known as Miami’s wildest hype men. Their extraordinary physical agility as dancers and high-energy antics on stage enabled them to immediately rouse the crowds who enthusiastically participated in the call-and-response of the duo's famous bassline-heavy hooks. Anytime NO GOOD hit the stage, the crowds knew the real party was about to begin. Moving the crowd and seeing how fans wilded out at their shows whenever they took the stage gave NO GOOD the encouragement to strike out on their own as rappers.
There's a timeworn cliché that claims "opposites attract." This could not
be truer than in the case of NO GOOD.
Mr. Fatal (Derrick Hill) is a 'Native Son' of Miami and attended its public
schools. His father, one of the 'hood's best-known playas, was a strong influence in Hill's life. "I grew up fast, I’m a man of and on the streets," claims Hill, who says his favorite movie is the Max Jullien blaxploitation classic "The Mack" which parallels his own father's lifestyle. Given this history, it's no wonder NO GOOD's upcoming debut release is tentatively titled GAME DAY PBB. His partner T-Nasty (Tracy Lattimer), grew up in a Christian household with a working mother and a stepfather who pastored a local church in Fort Pierce, an enclave situated two hours north of Miami.
While Fatal was flexing his muscles on the street, T-Nasty, an accomplished baseball player in high school whose fast ball pitches have been clocked at 92 miles per hour (Nasty's favorite pitch, however, is a deadly curve ball), was beginning to attract the attention of major league scouts including one
from the famed New York Yankees. Soon a serious courtship began, but T-Nasty's mom had other ideas. She wanted her son to attend college. "I promised my mom I would ask for a certain amount of money from the Yankees and if they fell one penny short, one penny, I would honor her request and attend college," recalls Nasty. "The Yankees came real close, but didn't give me what I wanted so, because my word is 'bond,' I kept my promise to my mother and went on to Miami-Dade Wolfson Junior College."
Both are aficionados of an eclectic mix of classic R&B and rap music.
Among their collective influences are the Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Kool
Moe Dee, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Anita Baker, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass,
and even the "Sultan of the Bedroom" Barry White. Tracy also admits he's
a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix.
When they're not collaborating in the lab, T-Nasty can be found playing
baseball with a semi-pro team called Goulds Court while Fatal plays pick up
basketball games with his boys on one of Perrine Park's courts.
HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEIR SOUND
NO GOOD defines their sound as straight up Southern party music. Tracy says, "Our goal is to make music that’s real, and at the same time, try to keep your head bobbing. We want to show folks that it ain't all that serious and it's okay to have a good time." GAME DAY PBB will feature approximately 14 tracks combining uptempo, butt-shaking bangers (such as "Gigolo" and "Ballin' Boy", the latter of which became the number one most requested song at Miami's WEDR-FM radio station as well as the theme song for the University of Miami's Hurricanes football team) as well as slower grooves which will appeal to an older crowd.
GAME DAY PBB will be produced by super-producer Tony Galvin (Miami’s baddest b*tch, Trina, Trick Daddy, J-Shin and JT Money) of the Black Mob production team, with some songs co-produced by NO GOOD.