Hootie Mack is the second studio album released by R&B group, Bell Biv DeVoe. It was released in June of 1993 through MCA Records and featured production from the group itself and some of R&B's top producers such as Chris Stokes, L.A. Reid and Babyface. As the follow up to the group's 4x multi-platinum debut album, Poison, expectations were high but Hootie Mack wasn't as successful as Poison, peaking at 19 on the Billboard 200 and 6 on the Top R&B Albums. Two singles made it to the charts "Something In Your Eyes" and "Above the Rim", the former making it to 38 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified gold on August 25, 1993.This text has been derived from Hootie Mack on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0
Bell Biv DeVoe is an American R&B musical group which branched off from New Edition. It consists of three of New Edition's previous members, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe. Although the group peaked in popularity in 1991, with their debut album, Poison, they still continue to perform as a group today.
After closing the doors for 1980's R&B act, New Edition, Bell, Bivins, and DeVoe went on to form Bell Biv Devoe, at the suggestion of producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Upon accepting the idea, MCA records wrote down the name "Bell Bivins Devoe", but Bivins suggusted they remove the "ins" from his name and just call the band "Bell Biv Devoe."Heyliger, Mike. “Popdose Flashback ’90: Bell Biv DeVoe, Poison.” Popdose.com. Popdose.com. 11 Mar. 2010. Web. 25 Mar. 2010. With help from Public Enemy producers Eric Sadler, Hank and Keith Shocklee, and several others, Bell Biv Devoe released their debut album Poison in 1990, on MCA Records. The album has been credited as pioneering the "New Jack Swing" sound of the early 1990s, combining hip-hop, funk, soul, and pop music.J.D. Considine. "After a great 1990, Bell Biv DeVoe to ring in new year :." The Sun 28 Dec. 1990, The Sun, Baltimore, ProQuest. Web. 1 Apr. 2010. This fusion of styles helped to expose them to a fan base who prefer a harder edge sound, while at the same time helped pave the way for future R&B acts. Poison reached number 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and its title track, along with its second single, "Do Me!", both reached number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Poison also spawned other significant hits which include "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?", "When Will I See You Smile Again?", and "She's Dope!".“Bell Biv DeVoe: Chart History.” Billboard.com. Billboard. n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2010. Poison sold over three million copies, and was followed up by a remix album titled WBBD-Bootcity.Huey, Steve. “Bell Biv DeVoe: Biography.” Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2010.Henderson, Alex. “WBBD-Bootcity! The Remix Album > Overview.” Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2010
Bell Biv Devoe went on to release Hootie Mack in 1993, on MCA Records, and the more hardcore rap/R&B influenced BBD in 2001, on Biv 10 Records. Neither album was as successful as Poison. Despite the fact that their last album was released in 2001, the members of Bell Biv Devoe continue to perform together as a group.Gerald M. Gay. "'80s group still has its devotees: Bell Biv DeVoe here for 'Slow Jams Live' gig. " McClatchy - Tribune Business News 19 February 2009 ProQuest Newsstand, ProQuest. Web. 10 Apr. 2010. They also participated in several New Edition reunions, and continue to perform with them on occasion.
Awards and nominations
The timing of Bell Biv DeVoe's accolades corresponds directly with the release of their first album Poison. In 1991, they were recognized at the Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Album of the Year, Group, Band or Duo.Special. "Hammer gets rapped at Soul Train awards :. " Toronto Star 14 Mar. 1991, ProQuest Newsstand, ProQuest. Web. 10 Apr. 2010.
In popular culture
In one episode of the comedy-drama TV-series Scrubs, the character Christopher Turk (played by Donald Faison) dances to Bell Biv DeVoe's song "Poison".
In another episode of Scrubs, Elliot Reid says she loves Bell Biv DeVoe and herself and Carla Espinosa sing a few words of the same song, "Poison".
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