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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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GREAT SONG!- sending out to Kim and Kanye!- Can you believe friends read what I said and got mad!- Like they "Hang " with them"!- Jabberwocky! - "Man Eater!"!-Rea d the poem!-I Love It!
GOOD MUSIC...GREA T MEMORIES!!
I STILL LOVE TO LISTEN TO JODECI....TH I S IS WHEN MUSIC WAS GREAT THE 90'S
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❤️❤️
Love these guys
Love this joint
This album is one of the best R&B Albums ever.
sizzzla2
The Show, The After Party, The Hotel is a great album. Could've done without all the interludes though.
I love Jodeci wow so many memories listening to this Album. I hope the new album brings them back to the charts. The new music on the radio is straight garbage.
I love jodeci
Yes mam
Tell it like it is fellers.
I also had the pleasure of seeing them in concert in Columbus Georgia. They all put on a great show. I hope they do come out with a new CD. You don't hear good music like that anymore.
sweetykey_20 0 7
These brother still got it! They came to Columbus, Georgia and rocked the Civic Center right along with their cousin Fantasia! I love real down to earth artist who don't mind mingling with their FANS! And KC did just that! God Bless you ALL. COME ON NEW JODECI GROUP..
derek_b_woot e n
Classic sound!
Jodeci was the s**t
forever my lady
It makes me miss the 90"s something terrible know that
Baby I wanna LOVE YOU for LIFE ...good wedding song...love some Jodeci.
Got 2 sons off them..
go stick a dildo up your butt cheeks many more to you
Back in 1992 there was no other song. The song was a part of my college life. This song made a many baby that summer, to those that had kids " it was a pantie dropper". 1992 was a good year.

This song makes me miss the early 90's so bad. Life was good and the future was still bright.
FOLLOW. ME. ...I'm trying to get a group together do if you sing, dance,write, r a p , o r play a instrument please email me at TAMPADIVA1@G M A I L . C O M . . , , . , , , , S E R I O U S PEOPLE ONLY THANKYOU.... , , , , ,
Love U 4 Life....love this song! Jodeci....mu c h love for guys!
I heard some of the new jodeci tracks from the 2014 album that s**t is FIRE it's better than , forever my lady ; diary of a mad band ; the show , the after party , the hotel put together.
This album was the s**t . Jodeci made hits .Love them baby yes!!!!
it's the 1990s again y'all
Forever Forever Forever so u having my baby lol
You and me both
Jodeci is still my #1 group!
They suck
REAL MUSIC..damn gr8 times, a guaranteed panty dropped every time I bumped my fav group--JODEC I - - man how I miss our killer era of music.
I so miss them as a group... They made sum bangerz and were the soundtrack of sum of my best memories!!! #DAMMMMGOODT I M E S
alotalove26
This was a BAD group!!!!! had me wearing my jeans tucked in my Hi-Tec boots. Love Jodeci.. #jodeci4life
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
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