Bell Biv DeVoe


Bell Biv DeVoe

Infobox musical artist
Name = Bel Biv Devoe


Img_capt = Bel Biv Devoe
Img_size =
Background = group_or_band
Alias = BBD
Origin = Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Genre = R&B New jack swing Pop Hip hop
Years_active = 1978–present (with New Edition) 1990–present (as Bell Biv Devoe)
Label =
Associated_acts = New Edition
URL =
Current_members = Ricky "Slick" Bell Michael "Biv" Bivins Ronnie "R.D." DeVoe

Bel Biv DeVoe was a successful splinter group of New Edition that consisted of three previous members, Ricky Bell (a.k.a. Slick), Michael Bivins (Biv), and Ronnie DeVoe (R.D.).

History

Bel Biv DeVoe began to take shape in the late 1980s, but not until completing the tour in support of "Heart Break" did the threesome decide to make the break from New Edition official. At the suggestion of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, they chose to chart their own course.

Bel Biv Devoe's debut album "Poison" has a variety of producers, including Dr. Freeze and Spyderman, Wolf & Epic (Richard Wolf & Bret "Epic" Mazur), Guy's Timmy Gatling, and Public Enemy's Hank Shocklee and Keith Shocklee. As a result, Bell Biv DeVoe's first album "Poison" has a larger new jack swing composition as compared to New Edition releases. BBD was a pioneering group that was the first to successfully combine hip-hop with R&B & pop. The CD was released in 1990, and its title track became a #1 hit on the R&B chart. The singles that followed were "Do Me!", "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?", "When Will I See You Smile Again", and "Dope!" (the latter was retitled "She's Dope!" upon release due to the rising drug abuse among children). "Poison" sold over three million copies. The remix album "WBBD-Bootcity! The Remixes", with the Wolf & Epic produced "Word To The Mutha!" as accompanying single, was released the next year and was certified gold.

Bel Biv Devoe sold in excess of 4 million albums, prompting performances on the 1990 American Music Awards and other such ceremonies.

Bivins took time off from recording to search for new talent and bring together the East Coast Family, discovering and producing debut albums for the groups for Another Bad Creation and Boyz II Men. Bell Biv DeVoe's second album, "Hootie Mack", was released in 1993 and spawned the singles "Gangsta", "Above The Rim", "Something In Your Eyes" and "Show Me the Way".

In 1996, Bel, Bivins, and DeVoe participated in the reunion of New Edition and toured in support of the CD "Home Again" on the MCA record label. In 2002, Bell Biv DeVoe's third album, "B.B.D.", was released. This latest effort saw Bell Biv Devoe exploring a more, hardcore rap style/R&B approach. It received mixed reviews and not much commercial success.

Ronnie DeVoe is now a real estate agent in the Atlanta, Georgia area but still remains with New Edition. [ [http://www.thedevoeteam.com Moving to Georgia, Atlanta's Top Realtors Ron DeVoe of 'New Edition' (404)233-9996 ] ] He is very passionate about nutrition, especially healthy eating, and is currently collaborating with the group Viking Pimps on their up-coming album.

Discography

Albums

*1990: "Poison" #5 US (3x Platinum)
*1991: "WBBD-Bootcity! The Remix Album" #18 US
*1993: "Hootie Mack" #19 US
*2000: "Greatest Hits"
*2001: "BBD"
*2002: ""

ingles

Cultural references

*In October 2004 "Poison" appeared in the popular videogame , playing on R&B, Soul radio station CSR 103.9. Michael was also the DJ of that station. He is known as Phillip "P.M." Michaels in the game.

*Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine parodies "Do Me" on their 2005 album "Aperitif for Destruction".

*The song "Poison" was featured on My Half Acre, episode 9 of "Scrubs" season 5 in 2006. In the scene where Turk auditions for Jantitors' Air-band

*The group was referenced in the Scrubs episode My Kingdom, mentioned in the pilot episode of the CBS show Northern Exposure, and also featured in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode "The Butler Did It".

*The band was featured in collectible Taco Bell cups in the early nineties.

*The group was referenced as "number one in the charts" in a Kids in the Hall sketch from 1991.

*In the first episode of "Halfway Home", Sebastian says "a salam aleikum" to Alan, who replies, "Umm... Bell Biv DeVoe."

*On the animated show Drawn Together, one of the main characters, Foxxy Love, mentions on at least two occasions that she has a chance to see Bell Biv Devoe in concert.

*On the CBS show How I Met Your Mother, when the character Marshall is wearing parachute pants in the season two episode "Stuff," Ted says, "By the way, Bell Biv Devoe called. Even they don't want those pants back."

*The song Poison was featured in the 2008 film Pineapple Express.

*The Madvillain song Fancy Clown refers to 'poison like BBD first cassette'.

References

External links

* [http://www.artnomad.com/bbd/ Official website] "(Contains some broken links)"
* [http://www.myspace.com/thesporty Michael Bivins Official MySpace page]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvVZegDnbJU "Poison" featured on Scrubs]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bell Biv Devoe — Genre(s) Soul Quiet Storm Années actives  États Unis Membres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bell Biv DeVoe — Genre musical Soul Quiet Storm Années d activité  États Unis Membres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bell biv devoe : greatest hits — Greatest Hits Bell Biv DeVoe est un album compilation du groupe Bell Biv DeVoe sorti en 2000. Liste des titres Poison Do Me ! B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me) When Will I See You Smile Again ? She s Dope ! (AKA Dope !) Gangsta… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bell Biv DeVoe : Greatest Hits — Greatest Hits Bell Biv DeVoe est un album compilation du groupe Bell Biv DeVoe sorti en 2000. Liste des titres Poison Do Me ! B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me) When Will I See You Smile Again ? She s Dope ! (AKA Dope !) Gangsta… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Greatest Hits (Bell Biv DeVoe) — Bell Biv DeVoe : Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Bell Biv DeVoe est un album compilation du groupe Bell Biv DeVoe sorti en 2000. Liste des titres Poison Do Me ! B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me) When Will I See You Smile Again ? She s… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Poison (Bell Biv DeVoe song) — Infobox Single Name = Poison Artist = Bell Biv DeVoe Album = Poison Released = 1990 Format = Recorded = 1989 Genre = New Jack Swing Length = 4:21 Label = MCA Records Writer = Producer = Dr. Freeze Certification = Platinum Last single = This… …   Wikipedia

  • Biv 10 Records — was founded by Michael Bivins in 1992, through a joint venture with Motown Records. HistoryIn the early 1990s, Bivins’ Biv Entertainment management firm scored multiple successes with developing new acts (Boyz II Men, Another Bad Creation, and MC …   Wikipedia

  • Ricky Bell (singer) — Infobox musical artist Name = Ricky Bell Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = solo singer Birth name = Alias = Born = birth date and age|1967|09|18 Died = Origin = Roxbury, MA, USA Instrument = Vocal Genre = R B, New Jack Swing… …   Wikipedia

  • Ronnie DeVoe — Ronald Boyd DeVoe, Jr. Birth name Ronald Boyd DeVoe, Jr. Also known as R.D., Ronnie D. Born November 17, 1967 (1967 11 17) (age 44) Origin Roxbury …   Wikipedia

  • Ricky Bell — may refer to: *Ricky Bell (running back), a National Football League running back *Ricky Bell (cornerback), a Canadian Football League cornerback *Ricky Bell (singer), an R B singer for New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoeee also*Richard Bell …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.