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Bell Biv DeVoe

Boasting their "hip-hop smoothed out on the R&B tip with a pop-feel-appeal to it," Bell Biv DeVoe spun off from New Edition following the parent group's tour in support of 1988's Heart Break. Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe, all original members of New Edition, complied with the urging of that album's producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and started fresh with a more street-oriented approach to contemporary R&B. The trio enlisted a variety of producers for their debut, including Dr. Freeze, Hank and Keith Shocklee, and Eric Sadler, the latter three of whom had worked extensively with Public Enemy. The sound of that album, Poison, was quite unlike anything in New Edition's adolescent pop-R&B repertoire: the beats were funkier, the lyrics and vocals were overtly sexual, and there were only two ballads, both of which were buried on the second side. The title track topped the Billboard R&B/hip-hop chart, reached number three on the Hot 100, and eventually went platinum. Each one of the four other singles from the album was, at the least, a Top Ten R&B/hip-hop hit. The album itself went on to sell over four million copies in the U.S. and spawned WBBD: Bootcity!, a 1991 remix album. Its version of "Word to the Mutha!" included fellow New Edition members Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill. Meanwhile, Bivins developed the so-called East Coast Family, a collective who achieved mainstream success with the debut albums from Another Bad Creation and Boyz II Men. In 1992, BBD and Tresvant were featured on Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson's number one R&B/hip-hop single "The Best Things in Life Are Free," recorded for the Mo' Money soundtrack. The following year finally brought the second proper BBD album, Hootie Mack. Considerably less popular than the debut, it did achieve gold status with U.S. sales over half-a-million. A much lengthier BBD break was prolonged by all three members' participation in a New Edition reunion, but the trio returned in 2001 with BBD, a brash set that failed to produce any charting singles. New Edition subsequently became active once again, mostly as a touring act. All six members celebrated NE's 30th anniversary in 2011, and they accepted a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award the following year. In 2017, BBD returned with Three Stripes, released the same week BET aired the first episode of the mini-series The New Edition Story. ~ Andy Kellman & Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Bell Biv DeVoe

    Boy Band Radio

    Boy Band Radio
    2 songs

    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    3 songs

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    2 songs

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    2 songs

Albums by
Bell Biv DeVoe

Top Songs by
Bell Biv DeVoe

  1.   Song
  2.   Poison
  3.   Do Me!
  4.   When Will I See You Smile Again? by New Edition
  5.   B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)? by New Edition
  6.   Something in Your Eyes
  7.   Word to the Mutha!
  8.   Run
  9.   Dope!
  10.   I Do Need You
  11.   Find a Way
  12.   Above the Rim
  13.   Lovely
  14.   All Dat There
  15.   Nickel
  16.   Scandalous
  17.   Breezy
  18.   Da Hot Sh** (Aight)
  19.   I'm Betta
  20.   Finally by SWV
  21.   Shorty Done Get It
  22.   In My Crib
  23.   Pesos
  24.   Let Me Know Something?!
  25.   Incredible by Boyz II Men
  26.   Don't Go
  27.   Da Hot S*** (Aight)
  28.   Home Alone
  29.   Since I Blew
  30.   I Ain't Going Nowhere
  31.   Dance B****
  32.   Shorty Gone Get It
  33.   Sic Wit It
  34.   Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny (Word to the Mutha)!
  35.   From the Back
  36.   Ain't Nut'in' Changed
  37.   She's Dope!
  38.   Ghetto Booty
  39.   Please Come Back
  40.   Show Me the Way
  41.   One More Try by Boyz II Men
  42.   Ready featuring Doug E. Fresh
  43.   Gangsta
  44.   Lost in the Moment
  45.   The Situation
  46.   Hootie Mack
  47.   Hot Damn

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