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The 1990’s garnered many R&B groups but none quite like Jodeci. It was an era dominated by New Jack Swing where Jodeci married R&B soul and Hip Hop to create a sound that is classic and timeless even today. You can’t talk about R&B, soul, and New Jack Swing without mentioning Jodeci, the Bad Boys of R&B; the Black Guns and Roses. This year the 2014 Soul Train Awards pulled out all kinds of surprises with the biggest being the reunion performance of iconic R&B group Jodeci. Their reunion is arguably the biggest reunion in R&B/ Hip-Hop history with 19 years since their last studio album and 8 years since a performance with all four members. The iconic quartet, hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina achieved much success in the ’90s including five No. 1 R&B hits like “Stay,” “Forever My Lady,” and “Come and Talk to Me.” The quartet also performed these hits on the Soul Train Award’s stage.
Jodeci traversed the musical landscape and redefined R&B as we knew it. They brought those church chords to R&B; that gritty soul, and silky vocals. In 2011 I asked DeVante Swing what it was like to write, produce, arrange, and play on such pieces beginning at age 16? He softly replied, “I just wanted to make dope music.” K-Ci stated to me last year that the group is not getting back together because they never broke up. Mr. Dalvin also told me the reason the group is still relevant today and revered as one of the best R&B groups ever is because they put out quality and timeless music. He said that one could not rush quality and when it was time for Jodeci to return they would.
Well the stars were aligned and Jodeci proved why they are R&B royalty at The 2014 Soul Train Awards which will air on Sunday November 30. Before all of the action, AllHipHop caught up with the quartet to discuss their comeback and their reunion performance at the award show. Check out the clip below.
Also check out the behind the scenes leading up to Jodeci’s 2014 Soul Train Awards Show Performance below!