Where Are They Now? The Current Status of Every 90’s Male R&B Group

YKIGS January 3, 2016 3

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90’s Rnb will always be remembered as one of the most beloved decades that the genre has produced. There a few different variations of r&b that dominated the genre during this period, including Contemporary, New Jack Swing, Hip Hop Soul, and Neo-Soul. The era produced a countless number of timeless hits that are still played to this day, and have gone on to influence most of today’s r&b artists.

One of the best aspects about the 90’s were the number of dynamic r&b groups that emerged during that time. Although there has been a drought of emerging group’s in more recent years, most of the ones formed in the 90’s continue to live on, tour, and create new quality music. Since most of them have gone on to release music independently these days, it can be a daunting to task to track down your old favorites and keep tabs on what they’ve been up to, even with social media.

For that reason, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the most successful 90’s r&b groups, making sure to be all inclusive to just about every act a fan could be wondering about. We also excluded groups who had a bulk of their success in the 80’s, so you won’t see artists like Guy listed. As of January 2016, this is the latest known information on each group, what they’ve been up to, and their latest releases. Have you ever found yourself wondering “Whatever happened to…”? Well you’ve come to the right place. Without further ado, here is the current status of the top 90’s Male R&B Groups.

112 made a name for themselves as one of the top male r&b groups of the 90’s, but broke up following their 2005 album “Pleasure & Pain” and each went to work on albums. Although the group has reunited in recent years to tour, they continue to work on albums and there’s been no talk of a new group project.

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Known for their biggest hit “I Swear” in 1995, All-4-One has continued releasing albums independently throughout the years. They have plans for a new album called “Twenty+” this year, and released the song “If We Fall” in 2015. We recently spoke to the group about 20th Anniversary Plans.

Although they released their first album in 1989, After 7 found most of their success throughout the 90’s with hits like “Ready or Not” and “Can’t Stop”. The group featured the siblings of Babyface including Kevon and Melvin Edmonds, and they’ve recently reunited with the new single “I Want You” and are set to release a follow up album to 1995’s “Reflections”.

Az Yet

The group lead by Marc Nelson and signed by Babyface to LaFace Records are most known for their hits “Last Night” and cover of Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”. They did not release an official album after their self titled debut in 1996, and have gone through numerous lineup changes over the years, but the original members are back together and have been touring with plans for a new album.

Bell Biv Devoe

The three member spin off of New Edition containing members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe, their biggest hit was “Poison” and the group last released their album “BBD” in 2001. Since then, they’ve done shows sporadically outside of New Edition, but primarily tour as part of the group.

The Teddy Riley formed group Blackstreet became a huge success in the 90’s with hits like “No Diggity”, “Don’t Leave Me”, and “Before I Let You Go”, their last official album was “Level II” in 2003. The group broke up following that, and Teddy Riley has started Blackstreet 2 (BS2) which includes himself, Dave Hollister, Lenny Harold, Tony Tyler (who has since passed away) & J-Stylz. Meanwhile, former Blackstreet member Chauncey Hannibal has continued to carry on the original Blackstreet name on his own.

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Boyz II Men

Since becoming arguably the biggest r&b group in the 90’s with hits like “End of the Road”, “I’ll Make Love to You”, “On Bended Knee” and countless others, the group has continued to tour and released albums consistently. Group member Michael McCary has left the group, and original member Marc Nelson has filled in occasionally, but they’ve toured and recorded primarily with three members. Their last release was “Collide” in 2014.

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Color Me Badd

Following five albums throughout the 90’s, Color Me Badd released their final album “Awakening” in 1998. A few of the members have gone on to become record producers behind the scenes in music

Dru Hill is known as another of the most successful 90’s r&b groups, with hits like “In My Bed”, “How Deep is Your Love” and “These are the Times”. Their lineup still consists of Sisqo, Jazz, and Nokio, but Tao has replaced Woody years ago. They continue to release new music, with their most recent album being “InDRUpendence Day” in 2010. They have plans for a new album in the coming year to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Additionally, Sisqo continues to release music as a solo artist, and put out “Last Dragon” in 2015.

Dru Hill Jazz Sisqo Tao Nokio Live BB Kings Sep 2015

H-Town

With their biggest hit “Knockin Da Boots”, H-Town found plenty of success in the 90’s, releasing three albums. They suffered a major setback when lead singer Dino was killed in 2003, and released the album “Imitations of Life” the following year. Surviving members Solomon “Shazam” Conner and Darryl “G.I.” Jackson have gone on to record new music sporadically, with the new album “Child Support” released in early 2015.

Hi-Five

Group Hi-Five achieved stardom in 1990 following their New Jack Swing smash hit “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)”. After three albums, the group disbanded in 1993, and also suffered the loss of lead singer Tony Thompson who died in 2007. The group released a new EP in 2014, and their latest single “Sunshine” came out this past December.

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Child stars Immature, lead by Marques Houston, found success throughout the 90’s before disbanding when Marques went on to pursue a solo career in 2001. However, they reunited in 2015 with the original lineup to release the new EP “Remember” which contained reworked versions of their original songs. Marques Houston also continues to record as a solo artist, putting out the album “Famous” in 2013.

Ideal

R&B group Ideal released their self titled Gold certified album in 1999, which featured the hits “Get Gone” and “Whatever” with Lil’ Mo. That was the only official release the group would have, and there hasn’t been much on them since. Group member Maverick Cotton has gone on to write songs for other artists. *Update* The group has recently announced they are back together and have been putting out unreleased songs.

Despite not releasing a new album since “New Life” in 1995 and losing lead singer Kenny Greene to AIDS in 2001, the group has remained active. They’ve added a new member and continued touring, and most recently released the new single “Lose Control” last year, with plans for a new project.

Jagged Edge

Jagged Edge continue to release new music and tour as a group. They released the new album album “JE Heartbreak II” in 2014.

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Legendary r&b group Jodeci had a big return in 2015, releasing their first new album in 20 years with “The Past, The Present, The Future”. Their was mixed response to the album, but it did not hurt their legacy one bit.

K-Ci & JoJo

The original Jodeci members reunited with the group in 2014 to record the new album “The Past, The Present, the Future”. Prior to that, they’ve continued to do shows across the globe performing their hits like “Tell Me It’s Real”, “All My Life”, and “Crazy”. Their last album was “My Brother’s Keeper” in 2013 and featured the single “Knock it Off”.

Mint Condition

The premiere band in r&b, Mint Condition have continued touring and releasing new music since their debut album “Meant to be Mint” in 1991. Their most recent album was “Music @ the Speed of Life” in 2012.

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Next

Next became one of the most successful r&b groups of the 90’s after releasing crossover hits like “Too Close” and “Wifey”. They released their final album “The Next Episode” in 2002, and continued to tour as a group, but have broken up in recent years. RL has gone on to have a solo career and has written many hits for other artists, but T-Low and Tweety have continued touring as Next.

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Playa were an r&b group signed to Def Jam and had the smash hit “Cheers 2 U” from their debut album produced by Timbaland. After their sophomore album “Throwback Legendz” was shelved, members Digital Black and Smoke E. Digglera would go on to do solo albums, while Static Major wrote hits for the likes of Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Lil’ Wayne. He passed away in 2008 before his debut solo album “Supper Time” released.

Profyle

Emerging out of Motown Records in the late 90’s, the group found success with their hit song “Liar” from their second album “Nothin but Drama”, and released an independent self titled album in 2004, but went quiet after that. In 2014 they had planned a new album and also released a new single “I’m in Love”.

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After teaming up with R. Kelly for his debut album “Born into the 90’s”, the group released a few albums and experienced a some lineup changes through the years. Currently, an independent album called “Continuation” is supposedly in the works.

Shai

Shai had their biggest hit in 1992 with the hit single “If I Ever Fall in Love”. They haven’t released an album since “Back From The Mystery System: The Love Cycle” in 2004, but they continue to tour as a group.

Silk

Silk became known throughout the 90’s as one of the premiere r&b groups, and found their biggest success with the song “Freak Me”. They last released the album “Always & Forever” in 2006, but recently announced their comeback with the new single “Love 4 U 2 Like Me” and upcoming album “Quiet Storm” in 2016.

Solo

Following their Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced self titled debut in 1995, Solo would release one other album before going quiet. They are still active however, and recently released the new album “3.0 Rebooted”.

Somethin for the People

The group became known in the 90’s for their hit song “My Love is the Shhh!” but haven’t released anything since their third album “Issues” in 2000. Members of the group have been successful songwriters, penning songs for the likes of Brandy, Will Smith, En Vogue and Adina Howard.

Soul for Real

R&B group Soul for Real became known for their hits “Candy Rain” and “Every Little Thing I Do”. Following their third album “Heat” in 1999, they’ve gone pretty quiet. We sat down with the group a few years back and they discussed their plans for a return to music.

The Raphael Saadiq led group released their first album in the 80’s, but found their greatest success throughout the 90’s. Hits like “Feels Good”, “Whatever You Want” and “Anniversary” led to multiple platinum albums. After Saadiq left the group to pursue a solo career including forming Lucy Pearl and many hit albums of his own, the group would still go on to tour without him but haven’t released a new album.

Troop

Troop actually released two albums in the 80’s, but their biggest hits came in the early 90’s. They found success with songs like “Spread My Wings” and “All I Do is Think of You” as well as “Sweet November”. Member Steve Russell has had success as a writer, working with The Underdogs, and has also released solo music. The group’s last official album came in 1998 although they’ve continued touring, but they’ve been rumored to have a new one in the works.

One of your favorites missing? Leave us a comment and let us know who you’re looking for.

3 Comments

  1. J.Poww March 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    You left off one of the best U.N.V Universal Nubian Voices Madonna’s first R&B act signed to Maverick. They are back with a new album scheduled for release spring 2016 for more info go to http://www.unvmusic.com SOMETHING GOIN ON again.

  2. Sherita Burnette May 17, 2017 at 7:41 am - Reply

    U.N.V (Universal Nebian Voices) is not on the list above. They had the hit single Called “SOMETHING GOIN ON” in the early 90s. The group THE BOYS is not up there either. They were out in the late 80s early 90s as well. They brought out songs like “DIAL MY HEART”, “MY LUCKY CHARM”, “HAPPY”, and “THE SAGA MUST CONTINUE” to name a few.

  3. S. Burnette May 17, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

    The group GUY is not up there either. They were Teddy Riley’s group and the had so many hits in the late 80s and the early 90s. I would like to see them on the list as well.

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