In the mid 90s, young Atlanta crooners Marvin “Slim” Scandrick, Daron Jones, Quinnes “Q” Parker and Michael Keith caught the ear of Sean Combs, who was mesmerized by their vocal prowess.
Y’all know the formula by now – ’90s Diddy talented artists = $$$$.
That same year, Mike dropped Michael Keith, which wasn’t bad.
Check out “No More Tears” – longtime 112 fans will love it.
The group split “amicably” with Puff and signed with Def Jam.
Puff even served as “executive producer” (i.e., he kept his hands in their pockets).
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect – Puffy was dominating the musical landscape and 112 had an unstoppable juggernaut (word to the X-Men) in their corner. Singles like “Cupid,” “Only You” and its remix are still fondly remembered, thanks to lines like this, from the Notorious B. G.: Those singles are certainly memorable but the album cuts were even better – “Pleasure & Pain,” “Can I Touch You,” “Throw It All Away,” “In Love With You,” all classics in their own right.
The double-platinum debut is easily a 5-star classic.
Their fourth album, 2003’s Hot & Wet, just seemed off. You could fry 10 pounds of bacon on their foreheads.
The upbeat singles “Na Na Na Na” and “Hot & Wet” tried to mimic the success of “Peaches and Cream” but fans weren’t buying it.
Lead single “It’s Over Now” borrowed the beat from Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm,” giving the guys a little edge to their loverman act.
Their biggest hit though was “Peaches and Cream,” which hit No.
For years, Javacia’s almost-babydaddy Q has bragged about dropping an album but I guess he has been too busy hanging out on college campuses to actually release it. Same goes for Daron, who has stepped from behind the producer’s booth to record a few songs of his own.