One of the new wave of UK-based hip-hop acts to emerge in the mid-90s, London’s Eusebe featured rapper Steven Eusebe, sister Sharon and cousin Allison Ettienn. Their debut came in 1994 with ‘Pick It Up, F**k It Up, Drop It’, released on their own label, Mama’s Yard. When Lee Haynes, A&R manager for EMI Records, signed them, he also took on board the Mama’s Yard operation, a practice familiar in US rap circles but less so in Britain. Having briefly flirted with hip-hop with the Ruthless Rap Assassins, EMI’s employment of Haynes (formerly at Wild Pitch Records in New York) signified a new recognition of the genre, with Eusebe an important first staging post in its attempts to update its roster. Two summer 1995 singles, ‘Captain Of Love’ and ‘Summertime Healing’, the latter sampling Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’, were the first results of the partnership. Both showcased a mixed rap/singing approach in fully realized song structures, a distinct but commercial sound further refined on their debut album Tales From Mama’s Yard. Sales of the album were disappointing and led to the break-up of the band. Sharon Eusebe resurfaced in the new millennium, working with Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton and promoting a solo album, 24 Hour Blackout.