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Blazin' Squad were an English pop-rap vocal group who had chart successes in the early 2000s. The original members of the group all came to Highams Park school. The group enjoyed significant success in the UK, achieving six top ten hits, including "Crossroads", a cover version of the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony original.

"Crossroads" was their debut single in August 2002, reaching number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was highly re-recorded and hardly contained any lyrics of the original. Their debut album, “In the Beginning” achieved gold status in the UK and spawned two further top ten hits, "Love on the Line" and double A-side single, "Reminisce/Where the Story Ends".

The group went on to achieve further chart success in 2003, with two further top five chart hits. "We Just Be Dreamin'" reached number three in July 2003, and "Flip Reverse" reached number two in November. "Flip Reverse" was subsequently used to re-launch Top of the Pops, with a special performance was recorded outside the BBC Television Centre with 100 or so hooded back-up dancers. Despite the chart success of their singles, the group failed to match their success with their second album, “Now or Never”, only peaking at number 36 on the UK Albums Chart. The band soon attempted a kick-start of their career, adding new member Jamsey to the group, and using their previous album track, "Here 4 One", as his first single. The song peaked at number six during early 2004, but failed to be strong enough to warrant a third album deal.

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In 2005, Strider, Flava & Kenzie signed a record deal with Polydor records, and began recording an album under the name Friday Hill, named after a location in their hometown in Chingford. In October 2005, the group released their debut single, "Baby Goodbye", which reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart, staying in the Top 10 for over a month and selling over 80,000 copies. In February 2006, they released a second single, "One More Night Alone", which reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. Their album, entitled “Times Like These”, was also released in February 2006, but only peaked at number 67 on the UK Albums Chart, and such, were soon dropped from their label.

In July 2006, Rocky-B, Reepa, Spike-E and Melo-D made an announcement that they were going to reform as Blazin' Squad, and record and release a new album under Peach Records. They released a single, "All Nite Long", in August 2006; however, it only peaked at number 54, which resulted in their record deal being scrapped and a further disbandment.

In 2009, Strider, Flava, Kenzie, Krazy and Rocky B announced that they would be reuniting as a five-piece, and in June 2009, released their comeback single, 'Let's Start Again'. They recruited modern artists Bashy and Chipmunk for a remix of the track; however, once again, the single only peaked at number 54 on the UK Singles Chart. Despite their record label wanting to drop them following the poor success of the single, they had signed a binding contract to release an album. As such, the label issued a greatest hits compilation via digital download, and thus, ended the contract with the group.

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