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Bell Biv DeVoe

Boasting their "hip-hop smoothed out on the R&B tip with a pop-feel-appeal to it," Bell Biv DeVoe spun off from New Edition following the parent group's tour in support of 1988's Heart Break. Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe, all original members of New Edition, complied with the urging of that album's producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and started fresh with a more street-oriented approach to contemporary R&B. The trio enlisted a variety of producers for their debut, including Dr. Freeze, Hank and Keith Shocklee, and Eric Sadler, the latter three of whom had worked extensively with Public Enemy.

The sound of that album, Poison, was quite unlike anything in New Edition's adolescent pop-R&B repertoire: the beats were funkier, the lyrics and vocals were overtly sexual, and there were only two ballads, both of which were buried on the second side. The title track topped the Billboard R&B/hip-hop chart, reached number three on the Hot 100, and eventually went platinum. Each one of the four other singles from the album was, at the least, a Top Ten R&B/hip-hop hit. The album itself went on to sell over four million copies in the U.S. and spawned WBBD: Bootcity!, a 1991 remix album. Its version of "Word to the Mutha!" included fellow New Edition members Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill.

Meanwhile, Bivins developed the so-called East Coast Family, a collective who achieved mainstream success with the debut albums from Another Bad Creation and Boyz II Men. In 1992, BBD and Tresvant were featured on Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson's number one R&B/hip-hop single "The Best Things in Life Are Free," recorded for the Mo' Money soundtrack. The following year finally brought the second proper BBD album, Hootie Mack. Considerably less popular than the debut, it did achieve gold status with U.S. sales over half-a-million.

A much lengthier BBD break was prolonged by all three members' participation in a New Edition reunion, but the trio returned in 2001 with BBD, a brash set that failed to produce any charting singles. New Edition subsequently became active once again, mostly as a touring act. All six members celebrated NE's 30th anniversary in 2011, and they accepted a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award the following year. In 2017, BBD returned with Three Stripes, released the same week BET aired the first episode of the mini-series The New Edition Story. ~ Andy Kellman & Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I'm Betta (Single)

1. I'm Betta

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Track List: Finally (Feat. SWV) (Single)

1. Finally (Feat. SWV)

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Track List: Run (Single)

1. Run

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Bel Biv DeVoe

1. Poison

2. Do Me!

3. B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?

4. When Will I See You Smile Again?

5. Dope

6. Word To The Mutha!

7. Gangsta

8. Above The Rim

9. Something In Your Eyes

10. Show Me The Way

11. Ghetto Booty

12. Do Me!

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Track List: BBD

1. Sic Wit It

2. Da Hot Sh** (feat. Shaheed, Shamari n/a & Jak Frawst)

3. Breezy

4. Shorty Gone Get It

5. Dance B****

6. Pesos

7. Scandalous

8. I Ain't Going Nowhere

9. In My Crib

10. Since I Blew

11. Home Alone

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Track List: Bell Biv DeVoe Greatest Hits

1. Poison

2. Do Me!

3. B.B.D (I Thought It Was Me)?

4. When Will I See You Smile Again?

5. Dope! (Aka: She's Dope!)

6. Gangsta

7. Above The Rim

8. Show Me The Way

9. Nickel (Feat. Louie Carr Jr.)

10. Something In Your Eyes

11. Hootie Mack

12. Ghetto Booty

13. Word To The Mutha!

14. Ain't Nut'in' Changed! (Remix Version)

15. Poison. (London Style)

16. Do Me! (Remix)

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Track List: Hootie Mack

1. Nickel

2. Above The Rim

3. Lovely

4. Ghetto Booty

5. Hootie Mack

6. From The Back

7. Show Me The Way

8. The Situation

9. Something In Your Eyes

10. Please Come Back

11. Lost In The Moment

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Track List: WBBD Bootcity! The Remix Album

1. Intro/D.J. Opening

2. Word To The Mutha!

3. Ain't Nut'in' Changed!

4. B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)? (D.J. Mo Grind Time)

5. Do Me! (Smoothe)

6. I Do Need You

7. Interview/Uhh Ahh

8. Let Me Know Something?!

9. She's Dope! (Epod Mix)

10. Do Me! (Mental)

11. When Will I See You Smile Again? (D.J. Close)

12. Poison. (London Style)

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Track List: Poison (Remixes)

1. Poison (Mental Mix)

2. Poison (Smoothed Mix)

3. Poison (R&B Mix)

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Track List: Poison

1. Dope

2. B.B.D

3. Let Me Know Something?

4. Do me!

5. Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph

6. Poison

7. Ain't Nuttin' Changed!

8. When Will I See You Smile Again?

9. I Do Need You.

10. Poison (Extended Club Version)

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Track List: Poison (Expanded)

Disc 1

1. Dope

2. B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?

3. Let Me Know Something?

4. Do Me!

5. Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, MIke, Ralph And Johnny (Word To The Mutha)!

6. Poison

7. Ain't Nut'in' Changed!

8. When Will I See You Smile Again?

9. I Do Need You

10. Poison (Extended Club Version)

Disc 2

1. She's Dope! (EPOD Mix)

2. B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)? (Extended)

3. Let Me Know Something?! (House Party II Mental Theme)

4. Do Me! (Mentality Hip Hop)

5. Word To The Mutha! (Club Mentality)

6. Poison (Smoothed Mix)

7. When Will I See You Smile Again? (Remixed Club Version)

8. B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)? (Suite)

9. Do Me! (East Coast Mental Mix)

10. Word To The Mutha! (Radio Mentality With Rap)

11. Poison (Hip Hop Mix)

12. When Will I See You Smile Again? (Video Version)

13. Do Me! (Smoothed Out Version)

14. Word To The Mutha! (Radio Mentality Without Rap)

15. Poison (S & P Jervier Full Rub Mix)

16. When Will I See You Smile Again? (Low Key Extended)

17. Word To The Mutha! (Suite)

18. When Will I See You Smile Again? (Low Key Version)

19. When Will I See You Smile Again? (Low Key Acapella)

20. Word To The Mutha! (Acapella)

21. When Will I See You Smile Again? (Acapella)

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Love this song
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Never trust a big butt and smile
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Hi I love this song
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I love bbd
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Love poison
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Lamari love you me song pretty lymari
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The love your songs seek think with which me Love you much
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f**k all the oh b**ch
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Ne the s**t
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My child love Ronnie up to this day he still got Talent and curly hair
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11twenty
I watched the new edition story!!!! Loved it!!! I want the Candy Girl album and the one with Mr. Telephone man and Cool it Now
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Ronnie is cute
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The memories! I absolutely love this song.
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They Jamming BAD on here.
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I just started listening to this and I love in
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Do Me....loved watching BBD perform this song back in the day!
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I grew up listening to these guys for ever be mine favorite group I luv u guy's
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Poison is my favorite song. I listened to it before on I love the 90's on the VH1 channel on Christmas eve before. Bell bi voe are so cool!!!
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Love me some New Edition And BBD
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Love the Boys, BB JG and BBD and RT#NEW EDITION 4LIFE
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I watch the NEW EDITION movie like six times already. I really love that movie...
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yaaaassss
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Loved the new edition story
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The New Edition movie was great I give it three ������������ up ; and the cast good selection too, overall as group and as an individual contributor to the pop,hip hop,rap industry you guys did your thing and still doing it.
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Sitting here doing the steps from the video lol
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DAM here we go , they back !
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BBD is one of my favs the movie just made me remember when good music was being made
#LONGLIVER&B
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breneshiar
Never trust a big butt and a smile lmao
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NE favorite R&B Group of all times including solo careers very talented individuals
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New Edition for life! An amazing group despite your trials and tribulations !
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Love you all NE and BBD ❤❤
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LOVE NEW EDITION AND BBD 4 LIFE.
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Love R&B then meant something and said something... t h i s mess now I don't know glad they are coming out with a new album :)
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NE4LIFE❤❤❤❤�
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This was music
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THIS IS what you call REAL MUSIC....4 EVER LOVE
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living legends so proud to be around during that era...good childhood memories
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The movie sent me here!
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Hate that I wasn't even thought of when this group appeared. With this new music I have a new found love for the 80s/90s RnB!
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Mike should have been the lead singer, hands down he song the hell out of this song
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B.E.T. reminded me of why these guys were and will ALWAYS BE my first loves!!!
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1st episode of movie was great! Already learned things I did not know. I can't wait for the rest of the movie.cant trust a big butt and a smile! So true.
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Love me some New Edition ❤️️
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im ready for the movie!!!
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I cannot wait to see the NE movie on BET. These boys were bad and remind me of good times growing up!
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LOVE MY BBD/NE forever
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Backstage, underage.... . .
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Poison!!!! Poison!!!!
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