True Love (2)
After winning one talent show contest, someone suggested that True hook up with bassist Raymond Earl of Instant Funk. The seminal rhythm unit can be heard on recordings of Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International Records and dance label pioneer Salsoul Records. The group had a 1979 million-seller with "I Got My Mind Made Up." It seems that this collaboration was kismet because Earl, as a member of Instant Funk, backed the vocal group the TNJs of which True's father was a member.
The demos led to a deal with Jerry Roebuck's Harlem International Records and the release of "True Love Ballad." The record received late-night airplay on radio stations in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York area. Roebuck got the record in the hands of the people at Critique Records. Released by Critique through a distribution agreement with Atlantic Records, "True Love Ballad" broke Billboard's R&B Top 30. A real feat considering that back in the mid-'80s, rap records weren't mainstays on R&B radio playlists. Also it accomplished this without having a supporting music video. This success led to an album, Bustin' Out (with a same-named single musically based around Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers' go-go classic "Bustin' Loose") and a cross-country promotional tour of college and commercial radio stations and retail stores. Articles on True Love appeared in Word Up, Right On, Fresh, (BRE) Black Radio Exclusive, and The Source. The follow-up single was "I Ain't With It." The album also had some overseas success.
Not long after, Critique and Atlantic parted ways and True was without a record deal. While working a regular nine to five, True Love continues to cut demos.
|True Love (2)||I'm Bustin' Out (Album)||Critique||US||1988||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|True Love (2)||Love Rap Ballad||Harlem International Records, Inc.||US||1987||Sell This Version|
|True Love (2)||I'm Bustin' Out||Critique||US||1988||Sell This Version|
|True Love (2)||I Wanna Cry / Get Smart (Single)||Critique||US||1988||Sell This Version|