Story Of Full Force, Hip-Hop's First Vocal Band, To Air Tonight

(AllHipHop News) Veteran Hip-Hop band Full Force will be the subject of a special episode of "Unsung" tonight January 30.

The history of Full Force's impact on the music business will be explored during the one hour special, which explores the careers of group members Paul Anthony, Bow Legged Lou, Baby Gerry, B-Fine and Shy Shy.

The Full Force "Unsung" focuses on the legendary career of the family oriented group, who got their start opening for stars like James Brown and The Jackson 5, at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The hitmaking family group is credited with helping to pioneer the "New Jack Swing" style of R&B/Hip-Hop music, based on hit singles like "Roxanne, Roxanne" by UTFO, "Alice Can't You See," "Unfaithful," "Temporary Love Thing," "Your Love Is So Def," "Aint My Type of Hype" and others.

"I think people are going to see our episode and say to themselves, 'wow..I didn't know that they worked with that person," group member Baby Gerry told "Hopefully people realize that we were kind of the 'proto-type' for today's younger crop of producers- that kind of 'Wild Style Hip-Hop," with melodies and real songs over the top."

Full Force's rise to stardom as producers is chronicled as their work with artists like Backstreet Boys, Lil Kim, Lisa Lisa, Britney Spears, Rihanna, James Brown and a young Nicki Minaj is highlighted, since she was part of the group Hood Stars with Lou $tar, Bow Legged Lou's son.

In 1990, the group experienced success on the big screen, as the villains in the classic Hip-Hop movie, House Party, which starred Kid-N-Play.

"Alway dream big and never give up on it. Also being able to humble yourself to situations,when you humble yourself all good things will follow and fall into place," group member Curttt told

The episode will also delve into group member Paul Anthony's battle with an incurable form of cancer.

"I looked at my Blackberry and there were words like no cure, fatal," Paul Anthony revealed. "The first thing I said, is I respect cancer, but I aint changing s**t. Me and my brothers went on a whirlwind adventure to find doctors. We went to one hospital and when we got there, the doctor introduced himself and said 'I am Doctor Paul Anthony.' I felt like it was a message. I looked at my doctor and I said 'all of my life, I have bet on Paul Anthony. So I tell you what, I am going to bet on Paul Anthony.'"

Full Force "Unsung" debuts tonight (January 30) at 10:00 PM ET on TVOne.