Hodges, James, & Smith was an all-girl group out of Detroit. The group was formed by Mickey Stevenson, who was Motown‘s A&R during their hit-making years. Using his connections, he was able to get Hodges, James, & Smith high-visibility performances at the best venues. His goal was to mold a group similar to The Supremes. However, they really never struck it big, even though they released several albums. Later in their career, they sang backup vocals for Bobby Womack and Sylvester. Their debut album featured the cut “Signal Your Intention” which was used for the Tragedy Khadafi track “They Force My Hand“.
“They Force My Hand” featured fellow Queens rapper Cormega and appeared on several mixtapes at the time. It was released on white labels and bootlegs, but would eventually end up much later on the album Against All Odds. The track was produced by Spunk Bigga and featured the intro of the sample looped with some light synths and non-sampled drums. Even though you may not recognize the name, he’s actually worked with a dope list of artists including InI, G Dep, McGruff, and AZ. Take a listen to see how he flipped the original.