It was Spring 1991. Forever My Lady was released, forever changing the landscape of R&B. Despite the genre’s watered down evolution, one thing has remained a constant, the legacy of Jodeci. Drenched in sensuality, with their edgy delivery and signature harmonies, the Charlotte, North Carolina natives is undeniably a pillar of R&B royalty.


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Over 25 years later, the now trio, consisting of brothers K-Ci and JoJo and Mr. Dalvin, with roots deeply grounded in gospel, continues to perform and sell out shows, appeasing “Feenin'” 80s babies insatiable appetites for that old thing- real music.

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Ever since the early 90s, the music pioneers has mastered their lane as a major piece of the R&B puzzle. A hybrid of street and savvy, sweet and sexy, the triple platinum group, who released a new single, “Every Moment” off the album, The Past, The Present, The Future after a 18 year hiatus last March, remains unequivocally potent musically.

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Gritty. Timeless. Masterfully honeyed. Soul aficionados been earjacked for two decades. From “Cry For You” to “Come and Talk to Me” to “Stay,” the former Uptown Records’ quartet pumped nearly sonic perfection; a heavy dosage of sensuality, rekindled love and second chances, flirting with seduction, striking a listener’s lasting love affair.

The mainstream success of their three albums, Forever My Lady (1991), Diary of a Mad Band (1993) and The Show, The After Party, The Hotel (1995), which all reached multi-platinum status, earing the group sales in excess of 25 million units and ushering in an unforgettable sound still resonating with music lovers today.
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Fast forward over two decades, Rhythm and Blues has forever changed, delivering an epic collection of music as a soundtrack of the 90s that has spilled over to the new millennium, fulfilling a musical void we now realize we needed.

The Source caught up with the group during their Chicago concert Friday, December 2, where they headlined a 90s Holiday Jam as they got candid on the current state of music and what fans would be surprised to know about them. – Angela Wilson

The Source: How has music changed since the 90s? R&B isn’t what it used to be…

Mr. Dalvin: That’s because people aren’t writing with any substance anymore. No one’s talking about love anymore, it’s all about b*tches and hoes- and that’s OK though, it’s just not what we do.

We are being tricked as black artists into believing that real R&B music is no longer marketable while Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Adele are being peddled as today’s R&B artists. I like those artists, but I wish young black music makers today realized just how powerful and valuable real R&B music is before it was stolen from them like Motown and rock music was stolen from some of our early music pioneers.

Mr. Dalvin - Jodeci - Arie Crown Theater - Chicago, 12/2/2016 - Credit: Juan Anthony Photography

Mr. Dalvin – Jodeci – Arie Crown Theater – Chicago, 12/2/2016 – Credit: Juan Anthony Photography

JoJo: We did sexual songs, but we did not disrespect the woman. We made a woman feel like they wanted to have sex.

As you look back over your career, any regrets, anything you’d do differently?

Mr. Dalvin: Not really, I mean we were young- we’d probably make a few different choices as far as business but we had a hell of a run and we’re still continuing to have that success – classic music, classic songs.

You guys sing a lot about love, what’s the craziest thing you’ve done for love?

*guys laugh*

Mr. Dalvin: Well I ain’t never been in love!

JoJo: I think that’s a lie *laughs*

JoJo - Jodeci - Arie Crown Theater - Chicago - 12/2/2016 - Credit: Juan Anthony Photography

JoJo – Jodeci – Arie Crown Theater – Chicago – 12/2/2016 – Credit: Juan Anthony Photography

Mr. Dalvin: I can write about it, I can sing about it and talk about it but I’ve never experienced it. I experienced it through people around me but not myself personally.

JoJo: I experienced love when I had my first child, and that opened my heart up to love and self. And that’s why I’m glad I’m happily married.

K-Ci: Oh me? Everybody know my situation I don’t even want to touch on it. *laughs*

What’s something fans would be surprised to know about you?

Mr. Dalvin: That JoJo could cook really good. He make a mean crab leg!

JoJo: *points to Mr. Dalvin* And he’s a dancer! He get down- gets funky gets loose! *laughs*

K-Ci - Jodeci - Arie Crown Theater - Chicago - 12/2/2016 - Credit: Juan Anthony Photography

K-Ci – Jodeci – Arie Crown Theater – Chicago – 12/2/2016 – Credit: Juan Anthony Photography

K-Ci: I like to go fishing.

Catch Jodeci on December 9 at the FUNK FEST in Miami and on Sunday, December 11 at the House of Blues. Click here for tickets.

 

Photo credit: Juan Anthony Photography

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