Cheat code shit: Get three A-1 singers (Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill), have them make a record that brags about their sexual prowess, and mandate that Keith handle all the begging.
Nobody wins when the family feuds. Blackstreet made beautiful music but co-founder Chauncey “Black” Hannibal and his partner couldn’t find common ground. How could something like this happen? Was the other guy in charge not a hyperorganized, efficient person who could solve issues on the spot — like, say, an IG Live gone awry?
6. Bell Biv DeVoe
If New Edition were a school, Ronnie, Ricky, and Mike would’ve been voted least likely to succeed. The underdogs then sold 4 million copies of their debut, Poison. If you’re thinking there needs to be a GoFundMe for their biopic, say less.
5. Dru Hill
Some of you will be mad at the positioning of Sisqó and Co. Totally understand. Those brothers had major smashes (“Tell Me,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “In My Bed”), but they lost points for being carried by a certain blonde-dyed superstar. Don’t like it? Take it up with Nokio, Woody, and that big guy.
4. Boyz II Men
Revisionist history is exactly what we won’t do. Big tunes like “I’ll Make Love to You” and Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day” are how the misinformed middle love to define those Philly boys. We’ll hold tight to Cooleyhighharmony as the bar, though. Word to Biv 10.
3. (Tie) Jagged Edge and 112
Let Swizz and Timbaland sort this out.
The baddest bad boys doing ballads were undone by drugs and alcohol. Put on some black leather quarantine pants, grab a bottle of brown, and reminisce on the good ol’ days. No judgment if you shed a thug tear when “Forever My Lady” drops.
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