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Vocalists
    (1989-1996)
    Born in Charlotte, North Carolina
    Members:
    DeVante Swing (September 29, 1969- ), birth name was Donald Earle DeGrate, Jr.
    Mr. Dalvin (July 23, 1971- ), birth name was Dalvin Ertimus DeGrate
    K-Ci (September 2, 1969- ), birth name was Cedric Hailey
    JoJo (June 10, 1971- ), birth name was Joel Hailey
    Reunited in 2013
    Recorded the albums ‘Forever My Lady’ (1991), ‘Diary of a Mad Band’ (1993), ‘The Show, the After Party, the Hotel’ (1995) and ‘The Past, the Present, the Future’ (2015)
    Recorded the singles ‘Forever My Lady’ (1991), ‘Stay’ (1991), ‘Come and Talk to Me’ (1992), ‘Cry For You’ (1993), ‘Feenin’’ (1994), ‘Freek’n You’ (1995), ‘Love U 4 Life’ (1995) and ‘Get On Up’ (1996)
    They were given a ‘bad boys of R&B’ image when Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs had them dress in rap gear (baseball caps and jerseys, leather jackets, cell phones as fashion accessories) to distinguish them from groups like Boyz II Men.
    DeVante and K-Ci were sued for sexual assault by a woman who claimed DeVante held a gun on her while K-Ci fondled her breasts (1993).
    The group broke up when DeVante stopped showing up for sessions, prompting K-Ci and JoJo to go solo.
    They were booed at a London reunion show after a ragged performance, including Dalvin jumping off the stage only to find he could not get back onstage (March, 2013).
    They were about to be turned down by an Uptown Entertainment A&R executive when Heavy D heard their tape and talked Uptown president Andre Harrell into listening to the group.
    The three albums they recorded before their break-up all went multi-platinum.
    Their ‘Diary of a Mad Band’ featured the first appearances on album of Missy Elliott and Timbaland.
    DeVante was pistol whipped in his home by robbers who stole $160,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and clothing (1994).

Credit: C. Fishel


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