Trisco Pearson, one of the members of the Force MDs, has passed away early Friday morning. The singer reportedly battled cancer, although the cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Pearson makes one of three members of the classic group who has succumbed.

Although the Force MDs has old school hip hop roots, they are best known for two of their 8os hits that are considered quiet storm classics, “Tender Love” and “Love is a House”. They are major forerunners of the new jack swing movement.

The “MD” in the group’s name stands for Musical Diversity. They were among the first R&B vocal groups to intermix doo-wop singing over hip-hop beats.

That’s definitely a diverse sound!

The group was composed of brothers Stevie D., Antoine “T.C.D.” Lundy, and Rodney “Khalil” Lundy, along with their uncle Jessie Lee Daniels. Trisco later joined the group, as well as and Charles “Mercury” Nelson.

Three of the group’s members died within five years of each other: Nelson suffered a fatal heart attack in 1995; in 1998, Antoine Lundy died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, and former collaborator DJ Dr. Rock, who died suddenly of natural causes in 1996. Trisco’s death was announced by Bo-Legged Lou of Full Force.

 

Condolences to the Pearson’s family & group members. He will be missed!

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