Lucy Pearl → (Lucy Pearl, 2000)
“Ali Shaheed Muhammad (producer and DJ for A Tribe Called Quest) and myself were looking for a female to give a more European type of Shalamar vibe to our group Lucy Pearl. Dawn Robinson (former En Vogue vocalist) had a very distinctive voice, so we thought she would fit. Lucy Pearl would be a more experimental thing for all of us. Also Shaheed was the B-boy from Tribe. I thought that would be a good mix because he could do beats and play guitar like he does today. It would be the perfect blend with me writing melodies and the lyrics. I thought it would be a great experience and we even rocked out a little. Lucy Pearl seemed like it would be a great collabo group that people could believe in. It was a great idea on paper.
People took to it really fast. Everything kept going uphill. Dawn was really doing us a favor and we were also doing her a favor. But the problem was she felt she was doing us a favor a little bit more. Coming from En Vogue Dawn wanted to be looked at as a solo act. That was her plan. That’s why it really couldn’t last. We tried to grab someone else (alternative R&B vocalist Joi) and sustain it. Vocally, Dawn was great, but there was a lot of turmoil with this guy Alan Kovak, who was the worst guy to work with when I started Pookie Records. In between him and Dawn, it was really bad. And Dawn had that [difficult] history. It was my worst experience ever being in the music business. But as far as the actual music, it was the best thing for the fans. Shaheed and myself had a great time together. He’s one of the best people to work with. But If I had to do it all over again I probably wouldn’t.”