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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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msbosslady03 2 9 commented on Usher
Don't read this 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 dont post this u will die in 2days. Now you've started reading so dont stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes wen done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it because it actually works
teyani1
Yes Jodeci please come back...
Luv their music.
angelasims05
I'm still obsessed with Jodeci, can't get enough of my man KC!!
fv9140
I wanna love someone 4 life
Real music here!
Do the dame thing jodeci.
Stop! Playing with emotions like THIS! Shane on you doing your job so well!...
What more can i say listen and say you thought they where gonna be around forever anyways they put out some of the best music ever and helped with a lot of you 20 something out now ask your parent's
like a kiss back in the day mmmmmmm's so sweat.
Real music
Get It Jodeci!!! :-)
nashekamandi g o
I love Jodeci, always have always will!!! #1 in my book!!!?
Jodeci still the s**t this my jam damn pandora your on point that's what im talking about good a** music ;) ♥
Slow. &. Easy
The Greatest!!!!
The good times!!!!!!! !
I love "Jodeci" brings back beautiful memories ��❤️��
This n**ga was the s**t n will always b that s**t
This is music. Not the b/s that is put out today. Chumps! !!!!!
f**k song
What must I say what must I do to show how much I think about Freekin You
lachoniasnat u r a l s
Love Jodeci they got me through a bad break up and the 90's.
Forever....l o v e this song!
Baby making music at its finest
Jodeci is baes ������������
Freak me b**ches!
oh yeah, the show, the after party was my favorite
Yes sir!
Love jodeci Thay are the best luv luv luv just liston
Only you can give my fix, got mine off top lil mama
one of history's best boy bands
Bad boys who can sing!!! Still love this group!!!
nikkinanny09 1 5
They are the Best
laydeebug363 1
Saw them in concert recently they were still amazing
Music just aint tha same anymore
I loved listening to Jodeci growing up!
allaunabaile y 5
I love jodeci and im only 18.
I just love Jodeci !!!! The 90's was such great music. These young kids today don't no anything about our music I swear !!!!
brianae_gold e n
Devante is bae.!
I wanna love you for life...
,my sh*****✔️
Love jodeci but kc was my boo
Love this song so much. Takes me back wow.
reminds me of my lil bro Salt, REST IN PARADISE BABY!!
I'm Still Waiting...th e reason I fell fro Jodeci
KC & JoJo are two of my favorite singers.
follow me on instagram @djhookz
Lady I will cry for youuuu tonight.... love this song.
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