Jodeci was a popular R&B group in the 1990s that consisted of brothers K-Ci Hailey, Jojo Siwa, and their cousins David Hobbs Jr. and DeVante Swing. These four talented individuals were integral to Black music for about ten years before disbanding around 2003 due to creative differences.
Jodeci is an American R&B group. They are best known for their smooth ballads and romantic songs. The group released six studio albums, three compilation albums, and one live album. Their debut self-titled album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart in 1993.
If Boyz II Men were portrayed as a clean-cut, wholesome R&B vocal group, then Jodeci’s wild, sexual, bad-boy image represented the other side of the coin. Made up of two sets of brothers, the group’s name was a consolidation of its members’ names: Joel “JoJo” Hailey, Donald “DeVante Swing” and Dalvin DeGrate, and Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey. Natives of Charlotte, North Carolina, all four members toured the South as young boys singing gospel music, and even recorded albums. Both families belonged to the Pentecostal church, and the DeGrates’ father was a minister. The boys were able to hear each other’s gospel songs played on the radio, and were eventually introduced through girlfriends as teenagers. However, when they did meet, K-Ci was with a girl Dalvin had been dating, and a fight nearly broke out. The Hailey brothers and DeVante started hanging out together, partying, and talking about making R&B records together, coming up with the name Jodeci at this time.
DeVante attempted to run away to Minneapolis at the age of 16 in order to work for Prince’s group, but was turned down. He went back to Charlotte and created a song, which he recorded JoJo performing. The two had intended to go to New York to shop the demo, but K-Ci and Dalvin decided to accompany them at the last minute. They had demo recordings of 29 songs by the time they arrived in New York, which they delivered to the headquarters of Uptown Entertainment. They were nearly turned down, but rapper Heavy D overheard the audio and persuaded Uptown president Andre Harrell to give the band a chance. Jodeci quickly secured a recording deal because Harrell was pleased. They released Forever My Lady in May 1991, which included the gold hit “Come and Talk to Me” and sold over three million copies. The band’s follow-up album, Diary of a Mad Band, sparked a short conflict; Jodeci, dissatisfied with their treatment by Uptown, considered leaving for Dr. Dre’s Death Row Records, which resulted in practically little marketing for their new record. It didn’t matter since Diary hit double platinum in the end. DeVante and K-Ci pled guilty to firearms violations and sexual assault charges in 1993, but that wasn’t all; soon after that, DeVante’s residence was robbed of almost $160,000 in jewels and clothing, while the singer was held with guns in his mouth and at the back of his head.
Jodeci’s third album, The Show, The After Party, The Hotel, was released in July 1995. As with the group’s first two albums, it topped Billboard’s R&B chart and went platinum. DeVante was afforded the opportunity to work with Al Green, one of his idols, and wrote and produced the song “Could This Be the Love.” More significantly, his Swing Mob collective directly and indirectly fostered the rise of such acts and producers as Sista, Mad Skillz, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Playa, Ginuwine, Aaliyah, and Tweet. K-Ci and JoJo, who had contributed hits as a duo to the soundtracks of Jason’s Lyric and Bulletproof, scored a trio of Top Ten R&B hits during the tail-end of the decade and the early 2000s. A solo album from Dalvin, Met.A.Mor.Phic, was released on Maverick in 2000 but didn’t fare well commercially.
During the remainder of the 2000s and the early 2010s, the members of Jodeci were relatively quiet. Over a decade separated K-Ci & JoJo’s fourth and fifth albums, Emotional (2002) and My Brother’s Keeper (2013), the latter of which followed a reality series for TV One. In January 2014, Timbaland revealed that he was working with Jodeci on material for the group’s fourth album. When The Past, The Present, The Future was released on RCA in March 2015, it contained a pair of tracks co-produced by Timbaland and DeVante, while the latter also co-produced the remainder of the tracks with the likes of Bradd Young and Marquinarias “Sanchez” Holmes.
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The “jodeci first album” was released in 1993 and it featured the hit song “Fantasy.” The album is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
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