Newcleus is an American electro and old school hip hop group that gained popularity in the early 1980s. The group is primarily known for its 12-inch singles "Jam-On's Revenge" (re-released as "Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)" (1983)) and "Jam on It" (1984).
A precursor to the group, known as Jam-On Productions, was formed in 1977 in Brooklyn, New York, and included teenagers Ben "Cozmo D" Cenac and his cousins Monique and Pierre "Pete" Angevin. The group's popularity grew as it played block parties in Brooklyn. By 1979, the primary group's members were Cenac, Yvette "Lady E" Cook (who would later marry Cozmo D), Monique Angevin, and Bob "Chilly B" Crafton (who would later marry Angevin). The coming together of families inspired the name change to Newcleus.
Chilly B died of a stroke on February 23, 2010.
Newcleus recorded "Jam-On Revenge," a block-party favorite featuring vocals that were sped up to resemble Alvin and the Chipmunks. The track impressed record producer Joe Webb, and it became the group's first single in 1983 on Mayhew Records. Retitled as "Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)", the track reached the Top 40 on the U.S. R&B chart. The group eventually signed with Sunnyview Records, which was late acquired by Rhino Records in the 1990s.
The follow-up, "Jam on It," did well on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #56. "Computer Age (Push the Button)" reached the R&B Top 40. The Cenacs and the Craftons continued to record until 1989.