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 during the new jack swing era with a more street-oriented approach to contemporary R&B. Their debut album (Poison, 1990) went multi-platinum with five successful singles, highlighted by the swaggering title track, a Top Five pop hit. After a set of remixes (WBBD: Bootcity!, 1991), a number one R&B/hip-hop collaboration with Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson ("The Best Things in Life Are Free," 1992), and a second proper album (Hootie Mack, 1993), BBD was a secondary concern for the trio, who were frequently occupied with New Edition activity. ~ Andy Kellman
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