Who Knew? Coko Of SWV Has A Child With This Popular 90’s Rapper

Posted On : July 2, 2017

Here is some info that will probably surprise quite a few people- The lead singer of SWV, Coko Clemons, has been married to her husband for many years now, but long before they were together, she was in a relationship and had a child with a rapper who was very popular in the 90’s. He is a member of a rap group and for a while, they dominated the airwaves with their hits…they even won a Grammy and sold millions of records. Their music is timeless and is classic to old school hip hop heads.
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Coko and this rapper seem like one of the most oddest couples because they are so different, but it’s true, they were a couple and their union produced a child. How they managed to keep this out of the public’s eye, back when both of them were in two of the hottest groups of the 90’s, is beyond us! Tap that ‘next’ button and see who Coko’s child calls ‘Daddy’…

Digable Planets rapper, Ishmael (Remember Him?)

Digable Planets rapper, Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler
Digable Planets rapper, Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler

Tah-dah!!! The father of Coko Clemons’ son, Jazz, is none other than “Mr. Cool Like Cat,” Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, of the legendary 90’s rap group, Digable Planets!

Digable Planets, 1994
Digable Planets, 1994

You may not have known his name, but if you were bobbing your head to rap classics back in the day, you definitely know his group. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Digable Planets, they were one of the main groups to fuse a jazz sound with unique hip hop vocals and their hit, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” sent them into another stratosphere in the 90’s. Here is the video for that song…

Here is a pic of Coko’s and Ishmael’s son, Jazz, who is a splitting image of his Pops…
coko and son

As far as Ishmael and Coko’s relationship, Coko admitted that they weren’t together for long, but they were in love. Their son was born in 1997 and here is what Coko revealed about them in a 2000 interview she did with Honey Magazine:

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“People would ask us, ‘What do y’all talk about?’ because we’re really different,” says Coko of her ex. A shy laugh gets caught in her voice. “I watch TV, he doesn’t. I eat fried food and pork. He doesn’t. So some things were really weird, but he taught me a lot and he learned some things from me. But I think we were too different for it to really last.” Coko smiles as she talks of him, and though she initially claimed she was mad at Ishmael at the time of the interview, it’s clear the two are still good friends.

“He’s a good father,” she continues, “and he was special. We have a special bond, a special relationship.” Raising her eyebrows and lightening her tone, she adds, “He’s a good man. He’s going to make somebody a good husband.”

coko and ishmaelIshmael wasn’t the only artist who Coko dated, she was also in a relationship with another popular 90’s entertainer who was also a member of a popular group, only this time he was an R&B cat, not a rapper.

Coko Also Dated…

Coko and Garfield Bright of the 90’s group, Shai, were a couple back in the day too!
garfield bright of shai

Remember Shai? They had EVERYBODY singing the lyrics to their 90’s love song: “And if I ever fall in love again. I will be sure that the lady is my freeing, and if I ever fall in love so true baby, I will be sure that the lady’s just like you-ooo-ooo.” Okay I couldn’t resist singing that line just now, but I digress.

shai group

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