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Sporty Thievz Biography

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Birth Place: Yonkers, NY
Years Active: 1997–2001
Genres: Hip Hop

Sporty Thievz was a Yonkers, New York hip-hop group, originally a trio, composed of King Kirk (a.k.a. Thieven Stealburg), Big Dubez (a.k.a. Safecracker) and Marlon Bryant Brando (a.k.a. Robin Hood, 1997–2001).

They are notable for their parody of TLC's hit “No Scrubs” entitled “No Pigeons,” which attempted to tell things from the male perspective, and their song, “Hit It Up,” on the soundtrack to “The Best Man.” They are also known for satirically providing a male counterpoint to the female-oriented R&B music popularized in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Besides parody, the group has been acknowledged for their lyrical skill, also making other notable hits such as “Cheapskate,” which was released under Ruffhouse Records.

In 1998, their album “Street Cinema” was released on Roc-A-Bloc/Ruffhouse Records. The majority of the production was handled by Ski, famous for his work on Jay-Z's “Reasonable Doubt.” It had a unique concept in which every track had its own storyline that could also serve as a premise for a movie.

They did not get much airplay until the "No Pigeons" single was released in 1999, hitting #21 on the UK Singles chart. “Street Cinema” was later re-released with “No Pigeons” appearing as a bonus track.

In an attempt to capitalize, Sporty Thievz also released a rebuttal to Destiny's Child's hits “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Independent Women.” “No Billz (Why, Why, Why?)” and “Independent Men” were subsequently issued.

On May 11, 2001, group member Marlon Brando was killed after being struck by a car in North Bronx at the age of 22. It is reported that the driver of the car was intoxicated and swerving onto the sidewalk.