Ray Slayngard's full biography from 2 Unlimited
Ray Slayngard - a Dutch rap singer who rose to fame as a member of the cult eurodance duo 2 Unlimited. The band was at the height of its popularity until the second half of 90s years, spawning a host of hit songs such as "Let The Beat Control Your Body," "The Real Thing," "No Limit and others. The artist became famous not only for his vocals, but also for his original haircut and undeniable charisma... In music videos and at concerts Ray often showed his well-trained body in open shirts or without them at all... After the breakup of 2 Unlimited Slayngard founded his own label called X-Ray Records / Rayvano Productions, named after his son. He released several singles before 2 Unlimited reunited and returned to the scene! Today about this legendary duo. 90s everyone knows, but the biography of one of the participants is still shrouded in mystery... We suggest correcting this!
Ray Slayngard was born in 1971 year in Amsterdam. Remarkably, Ray was born at the same Wilhelmina Gasthuis Hospital, which is located in the southern part of the city, as Anita Dot - his future partner in the 2 Unlimited! Ray's father was a chef and his mother raised thoroughbred horses. At school Ray was a very bright boy, and at the age of 13 he and his friends formed their own breakdancing team! However... his studies were quickly overshadowed when he became seriously interested in rap... His idols included Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg (his biggest favorite on the rap scene...)
Before he met the right people, Ray worked as a cook at the airport Schiphol in The Netherlands. Since high school. Ray adored rap music, and dreamed of being a star as bright as Snoop Dogg! However, at the same moment he did not believe that it was possible to build a career on a child's hobby...
"I didn't think I could make a career out of it..."
At that time Ray was friends with Marvin D. - a member of a successful rap group. So, during one performance, he picked up a microphone, and...
"The teenagers literally went crazy, and I think that's where it all started..."
Ray soon contacted the producers Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde. After they discovered Anita Dot on the Amsterdam club scene, a eurodance duo called 2 Unlimited!
Success with 2 Unlimited!
Founded in 1991 year, the project burst onto the music scene with its first hit single "Get Ready for This". The song quickly gained popularity, and not only among listeners, but also in the movies! Very soon the band became popular both in Europe and all over the world... Among their most popular hits are the tracks "No Limit, Maximum Overdrive, Tribal Dance, Workaholic, Twilight Zone and others.
Unfortunately - after 16 clips, 23-х singles and 4-х The band broke up in 1996... But not for good.
The journey alone
After the collapse 2 Unlimited Ray founded his own record label, X-Ray Records / Rayvano Productions. В 1997 year, he released several singles - "3x a Day," "When It's My Turn," and "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" - but none of them were ever commercially successful...
In the end 90s Ray teamed up with an old friend By Marvinwith whom he formed the group VIP Allstars. They had a small hit "Mamacita"and that's all there is to it.
In 2003. Slayngard joined forces with Herman Rarebell, former Scorpions drummer, with whose help he released the single "Eye of the Tiger". A little later he will go on a tour of South America...
In 2009, something happened that the loyal fans of 2 Unlimited had been waiting for so long... Ray Slayngard and Anita Dot finally reunited! For the first time in 13 years they performed at a concert "I love the 90s" in Hasselt, Belgium! Many other concerts and a new single together followed! "In Da Name of Love":
It is worth noting that at first the band performed under the name Ray & Anitaas the old name 2 Unlimited has been retained by the producer. Today, however, they are still the same familiar and beloved by many 2 Unlimited! Except that Anita left the lineup and was replaced by Kim Vergouwen…
Personal life of the rapper
The artist's full name is. Raymond Lothar Slayngard. He was born June 28, 1971 year. His mother is Dutch and his father is from Suriname. Before becoming a star, Ray worked as a cook, just like his father, and also admired the work of rapper Snoop Dogg. Slayngard has a son named Ravanaughwhose mother is Hortense Gooding. Today the musician lives in Germany. It is known that Ray is going to make a film about dance culture 90sabout ups and downs, about rivalries...
"A few years ago I wrote a book about dance culture in the Netherlands in the 1990s, and now I want to make a movie based on it! I'd like it to be released through Netflix..."
What's left to add here. Ray Slayngard an undeniably colorful character in the music and dance scene 90s! As far as the group is concerned 2 Unlimited was recognized as one of the most popular dance bands of the '90s! Overall, the duo sold about 20 million copies of their records around the world... Ray Slayngard and Anita Dot have conquered the hearts of millions of people, creating a new and unique sound in the genres of pop and techno and paving the way for other bands with a similar sound.