It’s hard to believe the ‘90s — one of the most influential eras on modern pop culture — is nearly two decades old. When it came to music, music was all over the map. Grunge, gangsta rap, New Jack Swing, bubble gum pop, pop punk all had a moment to shine. While there were a number of hit-makers, there were plenty of forgotten blips on the radar, especially in the competitive world of R&B groups. Sure, we all remember Boyz II Men and Jodeci but what about Color Me Badd, Dru Hill, or Silk?
Put your rewind caps on — it’s time to revisit the forgotten world of ‘90s all-male R&B groups. (And don’t forget to relive all the hits of your favorite ‘90s R&B girl groups.)
Who: A quartet from Atlanta, 112 was Bad Boy Records’ crooners often appearing on their label mates’ hit records, including the Grammy winning song, “I’ll Be Missing You.”
Notable Hit: “Only You”
Who: After 7 is comprised of Babyface’s two brothers, Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, and Keith Mitchell. The group scored a number of hits early in the decade.
Notable Hit: “Can’t Stop”
Who: Best known for their cover of “I Swear,” All-4-One was seen as an answer to Boyz II Men. They churned out a number of hits (“She’s Got Skillz,” “So Much In Love”) until label disputes forced them to leave Atlantic Records.
Notable Hit: “I Swear”
Another Bad Creation
Who: Sometimes known as ABC, the group popped in 1991 before breaking up in 1993.
Notable Hit: “Iesha”
Bell Biv DeVoe
Who: A branch off of New Edition, BBD was created by Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe. The group was most notable for helping to pioneer the New Jack Swing sound of the early ‘90s.
Notable Hit: “Poison”