Where Have All The R&B Groups Gone?

Weak." "Forever My Lady." "End of the Road." "Diggin On You." "Don't Let Go." "Understanding." "Don't Leave Me Girl." I'm sure you already know the songs I'm talking about, the groups that sung them, and are singing silently(or loudly) in your head songs you heard thousands of times. As far as I'm concerned, the 90's was the last golden age of the R&B supergroup. Yeah Jagged Edge has made some memborable tunes in the 2000s, but they haven't come close to achieving the popularity and influence that SWV, Jodeci, Boys II Men and TLC had in their heyday. Unlike girl groups (Pussy Cat Dolls: fun dance/pop but not a lot of depth) and guy groups (Pretty Ricky: over-the-top sexuality that borders on bad porn parody) of today, 90's R&B groups had it all. They could dress, dance, and be entertaining, but they could also SANG (LIVE!) and bring an emotional depth to their songs that went beyond the tired girl/boy-you-so-fly-let's-get-drunk-and-slab-tonight-I-don't-love-them-hoes subject matter. See if these clips jog your memory and make you want to start rockin' blue jean jackets and do the bankhead bounce!


ToddyEnglish said…
Boy, you just took me way back to my childhood!
Oooh, you can't forget "Hi-Five!" I was a Hi-Five groupie!
My other favorites are as follows: Silk, Shai, Jade, TLC (baby baby babaaay), Xscape, Jodeci, Boyz 2 Men, and Black Street (Hell, Teddy Riley owned the 90's).
Hell even the one hit wonders were great too (Soul 4 Real, Rude Boys, Lo Key, Mint Condition, and etc).

It all went down hill when The Backstreet Boys released their first album. Please bring back the 90's styled groups!
Anonymous said…
May 4th 2013:The R&B group is dead. Its all about the "me" generation now.