straddled the line between hip-hop and new jack swing, which resulted in a number 20 hit, "I'll Do 4 U," from his debut album Father's Day
. Nearly two years after his debut, Father MC
followed with Close to You
. Its success was almost guaranteed by Father MC
's appearance on the CD Uptown MTV Unplugged
. Father MC
was formerly a dancehall reggae performer, and there was some reggae influence interspersed with the sentimental love lyrics and hip-hop production. After a four-year studio hiatus, he returned in 1999 with No Secrets
, and another lengthy pause preceded 2003's My.