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Jodeci

If Boyz II Men were portrayed as a clean-cut, wholesome R&B vocal group, then Jodeci's wild, sexual, bad-boy image represented the other side of the coin. Made up of two sets of brothers, the group's name was a consolidation of its members' names: Joel "JoJo" Hailey, Donald "DeVante Swing" and Dalvin DeGrate, and Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey. Natives of Charlotte, North Carolina, all four members toured the South as young boys singing gospel music, and even recorded albums. Both families belonged to the Pentecostal church, and the DeGrates' father was a minister. The boys were able to hear each other's gospel songs played on the radio, and were eventually introduced through girlfriends as teenagers. However, when they did meet, K-Ci was with a girl Dalvin had been dating, and a fight nearly broke out. The Hailey brothers and DeVante started hanging out together, partying and talking about making R&B records together, coming up with the name Jodeci at this time.

At age 16, DeVante ran away to Minneapolis to get a job in Prince's organization, but was refused. He returned to Charlotte, where he wrote a song and recorded JoJo singing it. The two planned on going to New York to shop the demo, but both K-Ci and Dalvin decided to tag along at the last minute. By the time they got to New York, they had demo recordings of 29 songs, which they brought to the offices of Uptown Entertainment. They were almost rejected, but rapper Heavy D overheard the tape and talked Uptown president Andre Harrell into hearing the group. Harrell was impressed, and just like that, Jodeci signed a recording contract. In May 1991, they released Forever My Lady, which featured the gold single "Come and Talk to Me" and went on to sell over three million copies. A minor feud resulted over the band's follow-up album, Diary of a Mad Band; Jodeci, unhappy with their treatment by Uptown, flirted with the idea of leaving for Dr. Dre's Death Row Records, which resulted in almost zero promotion for their new album. It didn't matter much, as Diary eventually went double platinum. The group's personal troubles got worse in 1993, when DeVante and K-Ci pleaded guilty to gun violations and sexual assault charges, but that wasn't all; shortly afterward, DeVante's house was robbed of over 160,000 dollars in jewelry and clothes as the singer was held with guns in his mouth and at the back of his head.

Jodeci's third album, The Show, The After Party, The Hotel, was released in July 1995. As with the group's first two albums, it topped Billboard's R&B chart and went platinum. DeVante was afforded the opportunity to work with Al Green, one of his idols, and wrote and produced the song "Could This Be the Love." More significantly, his Swing Mob collective directly and indirectly fostered the rise of such acts and producers as Sista, Mad Skillz, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Playa, Ginuwine, Aaliyah, and Tweet. K-Ci and JoJo, who had contributed hits as a duo to the soundtracks of Jason's Lyric and Bulletproof, scored a trio of Top Ten R&B hits during the tail-end of the decade and the early 2000s. A solo album from Dalvin, Met.A.Mor.Phic, was released on Maverick in 2000 but didn't fare well commercially.

During the remainder of the 2000s and the early 2010s, the members of Jodeci were relatively quiet. Over a decade separated K-Ci & JoJo's fourth and fifth albums, Emotional (2002) and My Brother's Keeper (2013), the latter of which followed a reality series for TV One. In January 2014, Timbaland revealed that he was working with Jodeci on material for the group's fourth album. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Guess and Diadoras.. Woo who remembers those shoes??
Im excited to hear that they are working on there fourth album as of Jan 2014 per Timberland. #goodmusiq
w1gardner51
I love the Early 90's thanks to Jodeci.
My favorite Jodeci song of all time!!!
edalexx
Hmmm, guess who orders their Healthy OG Gourmet Black Coffee from: simplymarvel o u s c o f f e e . m y o r g a n o g o l d . c o m Get yours now and have a cup of coffee with the stars at 11:30PM, Friday night. Enjoy!
After only 3 albums they are still the best modern r&b group of all time. Sad they left with so much more to be accomplished . Drugs and alcohol win again
Tru musik baby..
Hopefully timbaland gives them some bangerz for the new album.
I. Love this song
My favorite group and my favorite song!!!!
If I was a Cougar I would cause y'all some problem
Kiara I TRUELY ADORE YOU
Love this song
dnice601
Made my oldest daughter listening to this
My favorite cd so love this group
School dances... Cheap perfumes and colognes... Cross Colours and Karl Kani... L.A. Gear sneakers ---- ... PRICELESS MEMORIES!
My boys love them <3
My dream tour would consist of three male groups from the 90's and that would be Boyz ll Men, Dru Hill, and Jodeci.
This song was the quintessenti a l jam Freshman year of high school. Wow the memories!
Man that was the s**t
In college when this came out...top flight...Thu r s d a y nights!!!
Great group. Their music defined an era. Good music indeed.
This brings back so many memories. I was a freshman in high school...wow
Lol
this my. song!!!!
Let's go get wet,ma...... . . . . . . .
Best group of all times !!!2014
Making love to this right now!! Ummm
yeah girl!!
Love love love Jodeci!!!
wallacesavan n a h 7
I was born in 1996 and I am in love with this kind of music. Whenever I mention groups like Next, 112, jodeci, boyz2men, etc. my friends look at me like I'm crazy but I only feel sorry for them because of what they are missing out on.
This when music was "REAL MUSIC"!!!!
Love yhis song.
Wow how I miss the 90 s that s when music was music. Yvette king
Yes. Yes. All. I. Can. Say.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
ridgec17
Miss the 90's....
Take me back these days...... yaaaayeyaaaa
My favorite jodeci song of all time
That the s**t
OMG old Skool right here, I remember this man back in the day eewwee bd!!! Love it real music
Classic
Me and wifey made beautiful kids off of this music
svalencia159
If you are from Los Angeles, we had a dope a** hop-hop R & B station during the 90's called 92.3 The Beat. All the DJ's were the ish, especially Theo. Besides the playlist they had, Theo would sometimes remix songs, and he did a Stay remix by Jodeci that was off the hook. Miss Jodeci and miss the The Beat! Find that Stay remix....... .
Still loving Jodeci. Forever My Lady was amazing especially considering how young they were.
With all said,they were talented artist.
This is the best song i love from them it's make me think about my lady when i had one her name is nikki
Southern boyed aboute. The freaking Thing. What. Can I say Do The. Dame. Thing Guyes
fahmad538
I miss Jodeci..They were the bomb back in the day! To bad Drugs got the best of them....They didnt get the message Crack is Whack!
cwmaintain
This song remind me of my high school days
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