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. The North Carolina natives hit their stride with new jack swing-era R&B that combined a deep level of conviction, instilled through their gospel and soul background, with some of the era's most libidinous lyrical content. Despite making absolutely no concessions to mainstream pop, their first three albums, released from 1991 through 1995, all went Top Five and platinum. ~ Steve Huey & Andy Kellman
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