In the 1990s the R&B world was dominated by successful guy groups singing their hearts out while creating the best provocative love songs with some obvious sexual lyrics that made women blush in and outside of the bedroom. These weren’t your typical boy bands that lip-synced and danced around on stage – they were actually talented because all of them knew how to sing. Today, most of these R&B groups have disbanded, but their hits are considered to be R&B classics.
Jodeci -They had swag, they could sing, and they were known as the “bad boys of R&B” – they were Jodeci. The moment Jodeci released their 1991 debut album,”Forever My Lady,” the rest they say is history. Jodeci’s signature hits “Come and Talk to Me,” “Feenin’,” and “Freek N’You” dominated the R&B charts and even though they disbanded in 1998 to form K-Ci & JoJo, they remain on top of the list as one of the best R&B guy groups ever as their signature sound cannot be duplicated by any other R&B group.
Boys II Men – The Grammy award winning quartet was the most commercially successful R&B group in the 1990’s selling over 60 million records worldwide. Their first international single “End of the Road” reached #1 and after they topped the charts with “I’ll Make Love to You” and their classic duet with Mariah Carey “One Sweet Day.” Boys II Men made singing in a cappela famous and today many R&B groups cite them as their inspiration.
Blackstreet – Blackstreet debuted on the R&B charts in the 1990’s with their distinct sound of New Jack Swing with their songs, “Booti Call” and “Before I Let You Go.” But it was their 1996 sophomore album “Another Level” that gave Blackstreet commercial sucess. “No Diggity” with Dr. Dre and their collaboration with Foxy Brown “Get Me Home” became their signature hits and are still R&B classics playing in the night clubs.
Silk – The smooth sounds of Silk captivated the R&B world with their 1993 classic bedroom song “Freak Me” from their double platinum album “Loose Control.” Silk found success with other singles “Girl U For Me” and “I Can Go Deep.”
Dru Hill – Dru Hill exploded in the R&B scene in the 1996 when they were featured on the soundtrack of the movie “Eddie” with their top 5 single “Tell Me.” But it was their sophomore 1998 release “Enter The Dru” that skyrocketed Dru Hill to the top of the R&B charts with their single “How Deep is Your Love.” After the album’s success, the lead singer Sisqo launched a solo career and became famous for the hit “Thong Song.”
Next – The R&B trio Next debuted in the late 1990’s with their album “Rated Next” that released the hits “Butta Love” and their #1 R&B Billboard single “Too Close.” Next continued to enjoy success in the early 2000’s with their 2000 sophmore album “Welcome II Nextasy” when “Wifey” and “Beauty Queen” became R&B hits.